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Is it too hilly?

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Is it too hilly?

My partner and I are looking for a holiday in January and have been considering Funchal but I am a bit concerned about how hilly it is as I have a problem with my knee. Can anyone recommend a hotel or is it totally unsuitable?

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1. Re: Is it too hilly?

On the seafront promenade down by the harbour and old town, its completely flat. My dad is 70 and needs surgery on his knees and he wandered from one end of the promenade to the other and around the backstreets of the funchal + the old town with no problems at all. It only gets really steep when you start to head out of Funchal and into the hills. There is a hotel right on the promenade by the cable car. I think its called the porto santa Maria but I'm sure someone will be able to confirm its name. Most of the hotels that are further out of funchal centre lay on free buses to the centre during the day.

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2. Re: Is it too hilly?

Yes - the hotel beside the cable car is 'Porto Santa Maria'. I have never stayed there but it looks very impressive from outside and gets excellent reviews.

The location is not in any way hilly and there is an abundance of restaurants, bars and shops all within walking distance. The very popular Madeira Story Centre is also very near the hotel.

There is an excellent bus service and taxis are reasonably priced and in abundance.

Have a great holiday whatever you decide.

Edited: 19 August 2012, 17:33
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3. Re: Is it too hilly?

The Porto Santa Maria Hotel is in one of the best locations in Funchal for the less mobile visitor to the island.


Easy direct flat access to the promenade with a flat walk down to the Port Area. Lots of seats to take a rest along the way.

Flat walk into the City and Market Area of Funchal. Cable Car, Madeira Story Centre, Taxis and Buses all very close by.

Lovely hotel, great staff and good breakfasts. Lots of eating places just outside the hotel gates.


Edited: 19 August 2012, 17:36
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4. Re: Is it too hilly?

Even if you go into the Lido area , most hotels have a courtesy bus, but there are also numerous cheap buses and taxis close by. Many restaurants and lovely walks from below Edem Mar ( a fab Hotel) which take you as far as Camara do Lobos.

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5. Re: Is it too hilly?

Thank you so much for the information. It is most helpful. I feel I can really seriously consider this destination now.

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6. Re: Is it too hilly?

Porto Santa Maria is in an excellent and flat location, we stayed there in June2011 and 2012. Can`t recommend it highly enough. There are lifts to all floors inside and no stairs or slopes outside. Directly behind the hotel are loads of restaurants and it`s a flat walk along the seafront 9past the buses and cable car) to the centre of Funchal.

Lots to do in Funchal itself, there are inclined streets in the centre but the main areas and attractions are flat. There are plenty of cabs around if you wish to visit somewhere that`s a bit steep. Have a great holiday!

Edited: 20 August 2012, 04:48
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7. Re: Is it too hilly?

Four View Monumental in the lido area is also good if you have walking difficulties we stayed there this year and last. Hotel on level street with bus stop and taxi rank outside and local tour company just outside hotel.Great views from pool on 4th floor.

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