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  • Funchal: Old Town Walking Tour

    1. Funchal: Old Town Walking Tour

    Meet your guide at Jesuit's College of Funchal, Madeira University to begin this 2-hour guided walking tour of Funchal. Learn how the history of Madeira and Funchal shaped the city centre as you visit the most important points of interest. Travel down the 19th century public walkway between the Municipal Theatre and the Cathedral, where sugarcane was first planted in Madeira, during the 15th century. Explore the city’s medieval heart dating from the Golden Age of Sugar and discover the beautiful 17th century religious monuments. Visit the ruins of the old Pilory Square and other remnants from past floods and the area damaged by the Great Fire of Funchal in 1584. This tour helps to support students at the University of Madeira who are facing financial difficulties.  

    Julian was great! He was very knowledgeable and confident and able to answer our questions. He was really friendly and informative, such a pleasant guide

  • Funchal: Historical Walking Tour

    2. Funchal: Historical Walking Tour

    Explore historic Funchal on a 2-hour guided walking tour. Begin at the walls of the city and learn about the attack on Funchal by the French army in 1566. Enter the English Church and hear about the foreign community that inhabited Madeira for over 5 centuries. Take in Funchal from the Cruzes viewpoint and see the area where João Gonçalves Zarco, the founder of Madeira, used to live. Learn why the nuns of Santa Clara were a tourist attraction some 200 years ago and where the foreign princes used to enjoy the island’s best queijadas. Visit some of the most notable churches in Funchal and hear about the individuals that sponsored their construction.

    Sehr engagierte, freundliche Reiseführerin (Studentin aus Deutschland). Konnten viel über die Geschichte erfahren. Die 2 Stunden haben sich gelohnt.

  • Funchal: Wine and Sugar Walking Tour

    3. Funchal: Wine and Sugar Walking Tour

    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.

    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.

  • From Funchal: Best of Madeira Tour

    4. From Funchal: Best of Madeira Tour

    Depart Funchal and head towards the mountainous interior of Madeira on a private full-day tour of the Curral das Freiras. Make your way to the Pico dos Barcelos viewpoint for panoramic views from 355 meters above sea level. Continue to an altitude of 1,095 meters at the Eira do Serrado viewpoint of the Câmara de Lobos. Sample a traditional chestnut cake and some sweet ginja (sour cherry) liqueur in the village, before driving back towards Funchal. Climb up to the settlement of Monte and get the chance to visit the beautiful church and go for a ride on one of the toboggan runs.

    Our young guide Eleshandra was both knowledgeable and enthusiastic. She was also particular to make sure we were getting what we wanted. So much so, we’ve booked her for another trip to a different location next week.

  • Madeira: 6-Hour Customized Experience

    5. Madeira: 6-Hour Customized Experience

    On this six-hour tour you can tailor an itinerary with the help of your local guide/driver. You can choose the different areas you want to visit. The City of Funchal, the Fishing Village of Câmara de Lobos, the west sea cliffs of Cabo Girão, the unique Fajã dos Padres, the hill side village of Monte, the east coast cliffs of Garajau, the Botanical Garden, or even the breathtaking mountain views of Nuns Valley are all possible options for your tour itinerary. You can choose to visit Funchal city, learn about its history, and see some of its iconic landmarks, like the Sé Cathedral. If you'd like to go up into the mountains, Nuns Valley might be an excellent choice to visit on this tour. Another alternative is to explore the west coast, with a ride to the fishing village of Câmara de Lobos. You could also head up into the hills to the top of Cabo Girão cliff where, at its highest point,  ...

    The Tukxi arrived at our hotel perfectly on time driven by our guide Francisco. We didn't have an itinerary in mind so Francisco suggested the best places on the island to visit. We had a fantastic day out with a delicious lunch in Nuns Valley. We went to places you wouldn't imagine the Tukxi being able to go but it did. Our guide was brilliant, spoke excellent English, was very friendly and extremely knowledgeable about the island. I would highly recommend asking for him if you decide to take this tour. He went over and above what was expected. It was a really nice day so we were able to have the top down throughout the tour. I would suggest taking a light jacket if you plan to go up into the hills as it did get a little chilly. All in all a fantastic experience which I would do again if

  • Madeira: 3-Hour Monte Sightseeing Tour & Toboggan Sled Ride

    6. Madeira: 3-Hour Monte Sightseeing Tour & Toboggan Sled Ride

    Take a tour beyond the extraordinary with the Monte Toboggans Sled. Visitors from all over the world use this transport seeking a ride full of emotions and adrenaline. Embark on an unforgettable adventure ride with splendid views over the city. Begin the tour with a walk around the parish of Monte in the hills of Funchal. Visit the Largo da Fonte, a stunning square with its beautiful gardens from where you'll see the old train station. Learn about the history of the iconic sled that was used as a traditional form of public transportation by local residents in the 19th century. Continue the walking tour to see the beautiful church of Monte where the tomb of the last Austro-Hungarian emperor is located. In the end, it's time to take a fun downhill ride with the Toboggan sled to Funchal city.

  • Funchal: Tukxi Tour to Monte

    7. Funchal: Tukxi Tour to Monte

    Settled in your "Tukxi" (tuk-tuk taxi) with a local guide at the helm, your tour will begin with a drive up the hills of Funchal to the famous Village of Monte and to its famous Church, gardens and toboggan ride. On the way up the hill you will be able to appreciate some fantastic views over the city, and once up in the village of Monte, the guide will take you through the gardens to the famous 19th Century Church of “Our Lady of Monte”. Information about the village history will be provided along with some amazing photo opportunities. You can also experience the famous toboggan ride (paid separately). Your Tukxi driver will meet you at the end of your toboggan ride, at which point you will journey comfortably back to your point of origin.

    Enjoyed the tour and interesting taxi! Guides were educated and considerate. Loved the basket ride down the street. That was cra6! Never had that experience.

  • Classic Car Revival Tour

    8. Classic Car Revival Tour

    This classic car revival tour starts at your prefered pickup point. If it starts at your hotel in the hotel area of the city, you will be able to pass the Funchal’s Casino, then the President's House - Quinta Vigia. You will then be close by the Parque de Santa Catarina, which is a huge garden in the heart of Funchal. Then you will be able to pass through the main Avenue, close to the sea, to get to the Municipal Market where you can taste some of the best local and exotic fruits. After visiting the market you will go through the Old Town and the Barreirinha Viewpoint. You will also see the City Hall, the Court, the Saint Evangelist Church, Sé Cathedral, the Municipal Garden, and the Baltazar Teatre. This tour is highly customizable and so you can stop wherever you like.

  • Funchal: Private Guided Walking Tour

    9. Funchal: Private Guided Walking Tour

    Begin your private walking tour in the Mercado dos Lavradores. Learn how the history of Madeira and Funchal shaped the city center as you visit the most important points of interest.

    Visit the main farmer's market to discover regional products. Explore the city’s medieval heart dating from the Golden Age of Sugar and discover the beautiful 17th-century religious monuments.

    Continue through the Old Town, passing the Sea Avenue and visiting the City Door, once the main gate from the Sea to the Madeiran capital.

    Next, stop at the famous Funchal Cathedral, visit the interior of the Church, and marvel at its amazing roof and gold carving. Make your way along Avenue Arriaga to see the Palace of São Lourenço and the Marina of Funchal. End the tour in Catarina City Park.

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What people are saying about Funchal

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 459 reviews

The tour was great fun. My guide, Annika, took part in the European Erasmus program and was able to tell very well about the history of the city and point out many details that you would not see on a normal city tour. So we went to the British Cemetery, various gardens and courtyards, and the largest bookstore. Even though I was all alone, the tour was carried out, which made the whole thing a once in a lifetime experience. Thanks very much! Definitely a big recommendation :)

Good friendly guide. Excellent English, informative and knowledgeable. Took time and trouble to look after the three visitors, two quite young, one older. She judged the pace well and I never felt rushed.

Julian was great! He was very knowledgeable and confident and able to answer our questions. He was really friendly and informative, such a pleasant guide

Really good tour. Interesting and quite nice to learn a bit more about the city. Plus great cause to support. we had a great time and would do it again

Frederica was friendly & very knowledgeable. The tour gave me a great idea of the layout of the city