As Madeira is a member of European Economic and Monetary Union, there are few restrictions on the import and export of goods. Observe the usual restrictions on the transport of certain goods, such as cigarettes or alcohol.
In addition, the import and export of plants and animals is strictly regulated, as the island's unique ecosystem is very vulnerable to the effects of external species.
Willow products are everywhere in the city of Funchal - one of the biggest shops in Rua do Castanheiro - and on the whole island, but the most important center for pasture products with the largest selection is in the village of Camacha.
Embroidery- Shops - often in conjunction with a factory - are everywhere in the city center of Funchal.
There are several Madeira wineries and specialty shops in Funchal and the surrounding area where wine tastings are offered and where your purchases are packaged professionally for safe home transport (e.g., Diogos Wine Shop, Madeira Wine Company, Oliveiras)
The flowers of Madeira, such as orchids, birds of paradise flowers, white-winged sitting, flamingo flowers, etc., are the most popular souvenirs that, once arrived at home, make the feeling that the holiday would last a little longer. These flowers can be bought everywhere in Funchal - at the local market, at the flower stalls in the city center or in the flower shops. At all of these outlets your flowers are packed in special boxes for safe transport so you can enjoy them at home for as long as possible.
Azulejos are an integral part of Madeira. King Manuel I was enthusiastic about art and introduced Mudéjar - Azulejos from Southern Spain to Madeira around the year 1500. The Moorish craftsmen put individual differently colored stones together to form patterns to avoid the color bleeding - hence the term "Azulejo = small stone. The king himself also ordered the sparkling tiles for the tower of Funchal Cathedral. Madeira never had its own production, so all azulejos from Lisbon or Porto would be delivered.
At the beginning of the 20th century, depictions of traditional everyday scenes were popular. Frequently, old flower, birds and ship motifs were processed. Wall-filling tile carpets decorated house walls, interiors of churches or devotional images for house facades. At Café Ritz in Funchal, in the Mercado dos Lavradores and in many other places of the city are still some to admire. A comprehensive overview of Azulejo art can be seen at the Jardim Tropical Monte Palace. The Frederico Freitas Museum in Funchal also displays valuable azulejos from eight centuries and different countries.