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“The best garden/park in Funchal and it is free.”

Jardim de Sao Francisco
Ranked #34 of 143 things to do in Funchal
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Owner description: Thus lovely city park is a perfect place for a walk or just simply to people-watch.
United Kingdom
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38 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
“The best garden/park in Funchal and it is free.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2013

A very pleasant garden/park that we really enjoy when in Central Funchal. The Swan showering under the fountain is a good snapshot and you can find tranquility here.

Visited June 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Garden gem in the center of Funchal. Madeira”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2013

Jardim de Sao Francisco ( free garden) is a little hidden gem in the main center of town right next to Blandys wine shop on Avenida Arriaga.It host a great variety of many trees (with origin plates) and flowers from all over the world.Its pathways are layed in traditional manner of pebble rocks with many sitting areas for you to just relax and take it all in.

There is a small Amphitheatre & Cafe (upper level) & the famous Combatentes Restaurant - this revamped restaurant has been here for decades & some of the staff too. They make great local dishes with fresh fish daily (counter to choose from)..but like all great dishes it takes a few minutes longer to prepare, so choose a wine from their well balance n priced menu. I have been eating here for more than 10 years - my second home from home!

On the lower side towards the Marina, there is the taxi rank, a tobaconist/newspaper house with swans in the pool (mini fountains) & across the road the classic Theater & Cafe & newly opened Ritz Cafe-deli-pasteria. Mark it as a meeting point (as it is much quieter) or just ponder around t & watch people & time go by. It is very user- friendly for those that cannot climb high steps (ramps). Most Cafe have WC-tiolets which is free to use. There are many parking places & garages in this zone! Madeira is a very friendly island with very low crime, most of which is pettiness. But caution should still be taken! From England, Gatwick Manchester offer direct flights & takes just under 4h..Enjoy the ''pearl of the Atlantic''.

Visited May 2013
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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202 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“Nice little central park”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2013

There were some colourful trees and plants in late Feb but should imagine the park gets a lot more colourful. Very reasonably priced cafe with toilets. Small pool with fountains and lots of lizards on a sunny day! A small market in the park on the Sat I visited.

Visited February 2013
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Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
“Peaceful haven in the city”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2011

This park is small but packed with vegetation and gives cool and peace in the city. Great for people watching and chilling

Visited November 2011
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Miranda do Corvo, Portugal
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“An Oasis!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2011

You don't get anywhere much on the island without walking and this outside space filled with all sorts of brugmansias, plumerias, bamboos and huge palms with the gentle sound of the fountain is just what is needed to rest those feet.

Visited October 2011
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