Largo do Pelourinho and Rua Direita
The small square Largo do Pelourinho, now ‘sunk’ between the mouths of the rivers João Gomes and Santa Luzia, was once the centre of the town. It was also here, where Funchal’s first customhouse and first commercial trading stations used to be.
Still today the Rua Direita begins at this square but ‘dies’ just a few meters ahead, near the old jail. In the 16th century it crossed the Santa Luzia river and ended at the street Rua dos Ferreiros as it is called today. With its buildings from the 17th and 18th century, this small street has managed to maintain its appearance and charm of the good old days.