archipelago of Madeira is part of Portugal, being
situated at about 1.000 Km far from the Portuguese
mainland and 700 Km far from the African continent.
In this group of islands we can also find the “Golden
Island” of Porto Santo and the uninhabited
islands Selvagens and Desertas.
The name “Ilha da Madeira” (translated
Island of Wood) is due to the luxurious and thick
forests which surprised Portuguese navigators when
the island was discovered.
João Gonçalves Zarco
was the fearless captain of a Portuguese sea expedition
along the African coast, which was driven by a big
storm to an island in the middle of the Atlantic
Ocean. The island was named Porto Santo, or Holy
Port, in gratitude for the rescue and shelter they
found in the golden sand bay of this island. All
this occurred in the year 1419.
From this island, Zarco detected a
distant black spot in the horizon which later led
him to another voyage of discovery: he reached Madeira
in the year 1420.
Madeira is a garden bathed by the
Atlantic Ocean. Its warm weather, its hospitable
people and its beauty become mysterious and profound
in its dream landscapes. Nowadays it is a first choice
holiday destination, where the vibrancy of life mingles
with the pulsing rhythm of nature, people and the
Residencial Zarco is situated at the heart of Funchal,
main city of the island of Madeira.
The city’s name comes after the aromatic wild
herb “Fennel” which was growing in the
area when the island was discovered. Nowadays this
plant is still used to produce the famous and delicious
candies called “rebuçados de funcho”.
Funchal is a natural amphitheatre with white houses
climbing up the hills, around a blue bay which harbours
many ships and cruises visiting the island.
The history of the island is inevitably connected
to the name of the famous Portuguese discoverer João
Gonçalves Zarco. The name of our Residential
is borrowed from this navigator whose heroic deeds
are always connected to this island, like an inspiring
and unforgettable epic. We offer you a beautiful
view over the sea, a constant reminder of the courage
of men who sailed across these waters, being persistent
in the chase of a dream!...