Funchal, a city with 500 years

getimageFunchal is a Portuguese city in the island of Madeira, capital of the Autonomous Region of Madeira and the most populated outside the Portuguese mainland. The city coincides with its county, and has 76,15 km² of area and 111 892 inhabitants (2011), being subdivided into 10 municipalities. The metropolitan area of Funchal, which includes the municipalities of Câmara de Lobos, Ribeira Brava, Santa Cruz and Machico, has a population of more than 225 thousand inhabitants. [1] The municipality is limited to the north by the Santana district, northeast of Machico, on the east by Santa Cruz and west by Câmara de Lobos, being bathed by the Atlantic Ocean to the south. The captaincy of the city was awarded to João Gonçalves Zarco, in 1424, the year in which the settlement began. The Selvagens islands, 250 kilometers to the south of Funchal, belong to this municipality, thus having territorial discontinuity. [2]

Studies indicate that the cost of living in Madeira are lower than the rest of Europe, as many of the goods are cheaper than most European Union countries. Many of the foreign nationals in Madeira, from Western Europe, consider that the cost of living to be 50% lower than that of their homeland. [3]

[1] Funchal. (2016, setembro 9). Wikipédia, a enciclopédia livre. Retrieved 13:53, setembro 29, 2016 from https://pt.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Funchal&oldid=46670783.
[2] Ibidem.
[3] Source: http://www.newco.pro/pt/caracteristicas-gerais

Funchal, a city with 500 years