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Historically an important port city in Portugal, Funchal is one of the largest cities in the country. Visitors will delight in the fact that Christopher Columbus himself, was one of the early settlers in Funchal. Take a tip from the explorers of years past, and discover Funchal today!

Cathedral of Funchal

Cathedral of Funchal

Inside the Gothic cathedral of Funchal you'll find a statue of Pope John Paul II. The cathedral, built in the fifteenth century, is a remarkable piece of Funchal history. Metalwork of Portugal is renowned and the silver processional cross in the cathedral is a premier example.

Pico do Arieiro

Pico do Arieiro

For the best views of Funchal take a day trip to Pico do Arieiro. The drive up is tree-lined and picturesque, even on cloudy days. We recommend going early in the day to beat the tourist traffic.

Jardim Botânico

Jardim Botânico

A sampling of local flora and fauna like you won't see anywhere else. Experience the region's cactus, grasses, and flowers at the Jardim Botanico. The perfect post lunch afternoon activity, the garden is great for families and children as well.

Teleférico do Funchal

Teleférico do Funchal

The botanical garden runs a cable car system, Teleférico do Funchal, that let's you enjoy panoramic views of the vast landscape beneath your toes.

Convento de Santa Clara

The beautiful Convento de Santa Clara is a church full of soothing charm. Visitors are requested to speak quietly as they admire the three chapels: one for the nuns, one for the novices and one for the people.

Old Town

Old Town

The Old Town of Funchal is a fun neighborhood to hang out in. You'll find nightlife and crowds bustling at night, just along the cable car lines. It is a vibrant quarter that is fun to stroll around no matter the time of day.

Monte Toboggan Run

Don't worry, you won't be on your stomach as you toboggan down to Funchal from Monte; instead you'll find yourself in a wicker chair that glides smoothly. The entire ride is just ten minutes long and you reach speeds up to 48 kilometers/hour!

Planning Your Funchal Visit

How to be safe in Funchal

Funchal is known to be a relatively safe city. However, in some areas near the cable car lines, Old Town, and especially in crowded evening spots it's important to take precautions against pickpockets.

Where to Eat in Funchal?

Don't miss the local fare in Funchal. Sample Portuguese and Madeiran cuisine while you visit Funchal. Top hits include espada com banana, a typical dish served at most restaurants, stars scabbard fish with banana, accessorized often by potatoes and salad. A less adventurous local dish we recommend is bacalhaus com natas, which is cod in cream sauce.

How to Get Around Funchal

You'll be pleased to learn that the city center of Funchal is quite walkable. If you want to venture further, we advise hopping on a local bus. Fares are quite reasonable and a round trip ticket is under five euros.

Good to know

  • Language
    Portuguese
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +351
  • Best time to visit
    Funchal is a good choice for a vacation any time of the year as it never gets too cool. However, the summer months are the warmest and most humid. March through December is considered to be most pleasant.

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Tour to the West of Madeira Reviewed by Joel, 23/11/2020

Our guide/driver, Diego, was first class, very knowledgeable and made this a pleasurable experience. Unfortunately we had a little rain meaning the top cover had to be brought into use but this did not really spoil the day. An optional lunch was provided which included drinks and was good value at €15 per person. The route included an off-road section which was good fun. Good value for money.

Funchal: Jeep Safari Tour Reviewed by Gerald, 12/11/2020

Both student and senior guide were quite passionate on telling the history and the special aspects regarding the city of Funchal. They were well prepared and they guided the tour in a very friendly spirit. I collected a valuable amount of information and now I am able to use this knowledge to appreciate and understand the city while walking around by myself. I really enjoyed the tour!

Funchal: Old Town Walking Tour Reviewed by Anonymous, 15/11/2020

Best trip in Madeira. Dolphin and whale watching, swimming in the ocean and tasting of excellent Madeiran wine. On the ship was a great guide Vitor, who has an overview and useful tips about the whole Madeira. Perfectos and fantastico! Thanks for the experience - I highly recommend. Mysir and Kacirajda

Execellent walk, unfortunately the weather wasn’t too kind but our guide Sara was very friendly and knowledgeable and we all had a great time! Hopefully will return to complete it when the sun is out!

Madeira Peaks - Levada Walk Reviewed by Anonymous, 14/11/2020