Madeira Sights

Mercado dos Lavradores (Farmers' Market)

  • Largo dos Lavradores Map It
  • Funchal
  • Building/Architectural Site
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 03/16/2017

Fodor's Review

The vast art-deco building that houses Funchal's "workers' market" will delight architecture buffs, while the interior is a riot of colors and scents.

In the center patio of the market, women—sometimes in Madeira's native costume of a full, homespun skirt with yellow, red, and black vertical stripes and an embroidered white blouse—sell orchids, bird-of-paradise flowers (the emblem of Madeira), anthuriums, and other blooms. The bustling lower-level seafood market displays the day's catch. (Note the rows of fierce-looking espada: their huge, bulging eyes are caused by the fatal change in pressure between their deepwater habitat and sea level.) On the upper floor, handicrafts and colorful tiles compete for shoppers' attention, and a handful of cafés and coffee shops offer a chance to refuel with a bica (espresso).

Sight Information

Address:

Largo dos Lavradores, Funchal, Madeira, 9060-158, Portugal

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Sight Details:

  • Closed Sun.

Published 03/16/2017

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