RE: Special Birthday Trip to Funchal
Taxi price is by the meter, depending on trafic conditions this should be about 25 Euros however I found out to my cost that travel on a Saturday evening incurs a 20% loading.
Local buses are plentiful but can take ages to get to some of the more remote parts of the island.
You may like to reconsider car hire, driving is easy, for instance the road from the airport to Funchal is dual carriageway,however some roads are very narrow and twisty, just take your time and enjoy the scenery.
For food, well we tried numerous restaraunts, most were OK but you do get a really big meal, do not accept the garlic bread often this will be served even if you do not ask for it, you will be charged up to 5 Euros.
You can take the ferry from Funchal to Porto Santo or fly if you wish.
I hope you have good legs.
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