Funchal, the capital of the archipelago of Madeira, became a city in the 1500s. and played an important role in communication between the Old and New Worlds. This peaceful town owes much of its historical significance, "white gold" - sugar. Now it is famous for its pleasant climate, wine and crafts. Tourists must visit the open market masters, Blandy wine lodge and the Museum of Sacred Art. With the help of friendly people, comfortable streets and cheap taxis it is easy to explore the whole city.