Guided tour

Funchal: Wine and Sugar Walking Tour

4.9 / 5

12 reviews

Funchal: Wine and Sugar Walking Tour

From US$ 14.60 per person

Learn about the economy of Madeira over centuries and why the island was the base of Portugal's expansion in the sugar industry and trade routes of the Atlantic and Indian oceans. Explore the wine-making traditions and more.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Small group
Limited to 6 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Learn more about the historical growth of Funchal
  • Visit some of the city's most emblematic monuments and discover hidden treasures
  • Hear about the sugar industry at the 15th-century Old Customs House
Full description
Join a former student of the University of Madeira, or a volunteer of the university's Erasmus Madeiran Heritage program, and get fascinating explanations about the cultural history of the island and its importance to the historical trade routes of the Atlantic and Indian oceans. Learn more about some of the famous visitors to Madeira and what they contributed to the island. Explore the wine-making industry and its impact on global history, and visit emblematic buildings, such as the 15th-century Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption. Go to the Old Customs House, built at the height of Madeira's importance to the sugar industry, and discover one of the oldest tourist centers.
Includes
  • Walking tour
  • Guide
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Food and beverages
  • Any personal expenses
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Participants

Date

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Meeting point

Jesuit's College of Funchal, Madeira University, next to D'Oliveiras Madeira Wine.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  •  Your guide will be a former university student or European volunteer of the Erasmus Madeiran Heritage program at the University of Madeira
  • Please wear comfortable shoes
  • Tours start at 11:00 AM, 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM, Monday to Friday, and are available in Portuguese, English, French, German and Spanish
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 12 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Value for money
    4.9/5
  • Service
    4.8/5
  • Organization
    4.8/5

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August 24, 2021

good information from very friendly and enthusiastic student.

Very interesting tour by Polish student, who had a good knowledge of the subject and who also clearly enjoyed seeing tourists from different countries.

June 2, 2019

Good introduction to the history of Funchal

We really enjoyed our walking tour, however their was very little reference to the wine and sugar trade within Madeira in the past. We were also very disappointed not to be able to visit the Jesuit community.

March 6, 2019

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