City of rare beauty, where the dwellings appear in harmony with nature, framed in a beautiful setting between the Atlantic Ocean and the mountains. In addition to the magnificent natural sites that you can visit, be sure to also visit the historical center, also known as Zona Velha. In the 60s' almost all downtown streets had traffic jams, because it is, par excellence, the population's meeting place. Currently, this problem is solved, since most of these streets are closed to traffic. Linger through its narrow streets and absorb every detail. You will find pleasant pedestrian streets and squares with various terraces and restaurants. For those who love good snacks, Funchal offers some tasty regional dishes, from which stand out the espetada de carne de vaca (beef kebab), milho frito à madeirense (snacks of fried corn flour), bife de atum (tuna steak) and sopa de trigo (wheat soup with pork meat and black-eyed peas). As it is located at the waterfront, one of its specialties could not fail to be the fresh fish. One of the best-known festivals of the region is the Madeira Carnival, at which point, the imagination and joy reign for several days and three parades take place: the school parades, the troupes parade and the so-called Carnaval Trapalhão (Bumbling Carnival). Another festivity of enormous importance, and perhaps the one that is most appealing for tourists, is the end-of-year party with its famous fireworks. It is a city, which is associated with tourism for more than a century. Funchal currently offers hotel and restaurant units for all tastes, from modern to typically Madeira units.
Where to eat in Funchal
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Dentro do edifício principal, num espaço onde o azul e o branco dominam, a decoração rege-se pelas …
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Finalmente, a casa apalaçada que servia de residência aos proprietários da exclusiva Quinta da Casa…
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Integrated restaurant in Hotel The Vine, located in Funchal's historic city centre. Features a uniq…
Portuguese, Regional, Vegetarian
The Chalet Restaurant Vincent, in Funchal, confeciona traditional Portuguese food with prices rangi…
Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian, World Food
Italian restaurant with a constantly renewed menu. It has a great location and a lovely terrace off…
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Restaurant at the elegant Casa Velha do Palheiro Inn, where refinement rules in the decoration, the…
Portuguese, Regional, Seafood restaurant, Vegetarian
Nobody can resist a good tidbit accompanied by a good wine. Was this the bet the PVP, which divided…
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What to do in Funchal
Sé Catedral do Funchal
This was the first church built in Funchal. It is gothic style, with Manueline and Moorish influences. Ten gothic arches connect the naves and the natural light comes from eight Manueline breaches at the main chapel. At the Santíssimo Chapel, decorated with XVIII and XIX styles, you enjoy a big painting from the XVII century representing the Last Supper. There …
Praia do Lido
This beach is probably the most well know seaside complex of Madeira Island. It has two slat water pools, renewed every day, as well as sea access. It also has several infra-structures such as playground, ping-pong tables, diving centre, toboggan, shop, locker rooms, WC, umbrellas, settees and lockers among others.
Forte do Ilhéu da Pontinha
Accordingly to the existent bibliography, facts indicate that this fort was the refuge of Gonçalves Zarco and Tristão Vaz Teixeira, the finders of Madeira, before they reached the archipelago. In one of the extremities it is still possible to see the triangle where the sailors fastened their boats.
Fortaleza de São João Baptista
Fortress built probably in 1600, to defend the city from the corsairs’ attacks. It was also a prison and a gunpowder storehouse. In the middle of the XX century it was delivered to the Navy that placed there the Armada Communications Centre.
Carreiros do Monte - Carros de Cesto
From the Monte come down the basket cars pushed by two Madeiran men dressed with typical clothes. A tradition that goes back to 1849 and turns the most typical transport of the Island in one of the well know tourist attractions.
Fortaleza e Palácio de São Lourenço
The name “Palácio de São Lourenço" refers to a monumental set that includes the Fortress, which construction started in the first half of the XVI century and concluded during the Filipino period, and the palace with the noble floor halls …
Igreja do Colégio dos Jesuítas/ Igreja de São João Evangelista
Church at the Colégio dos Jesuítas (Jesuit College), which is now the Madeira and Católica Universities. It is a mannerist building from the XVII century, with various paintings from the XVII and XVIII centuries inside. The beautiful altar at the …
Thematic Park with a space called “Live Science”. It owns entertainment and pedagogic infrastructures, such as the mini planetarium, auditorium to play three dimensions films and a space dedicated to temporary exhibitions. It also has a 5 thousand square metres …
Marina do Funchal
A magnificent bay surrounded by the blue sea and the green mountains, with a dock for boats and a fueling area.
Museu da Quinta das Cruzes
A funcionar na antiga casa de João Gonçalves Zarco, descobridor da Madeira, este espaço apresenta uma coleção de mobiliário português e inglês dos séculos XVI a XIX, cujo acervo conta com cerca de 3800 peças provenientes de diferentes países: Europa, …
Parque de Santa Catarina
Green area with about 36000 m2, offering a dazzling view of Funchal. It has a lagoon with a small Island, where ducks and swans live, for aviaries and some sculptures devoted to various personalities.
Museu de Arte Sacra do Funchal
Working at the bishop’s palace, it shows one of the best collections of religious Flemish paintings from the XV and XVI centuries in Portugal. The triptych of São Tiago and São Filipe stands out. The exhibition also displays liturgical clothes, …
Casa-Museu Frederico de Freitas
A Casa-Museu Frederico de Freitas foi inaugurada em 1988. Ocupa o Palácio da Calçada, antiga residência dos Condes da Calçada, cuja origem remonta ao século XVII. Foi durante cerca de 40 anos moradia do Dr. Frederico de Freitas (1894-1978), advogado, …
Parque Ecológico do Funchal
Leisure space where environment educational actions take place aiming to preserve the natural patrimony. Here have been seen over 30 species of birds and the flora is quite varied, with the endemic species standing out. It has five backup houses, …
Zona Marginal do Funchal
Very pleasant spot, with some green areas crossed by paths surrounded with palm trees and some statues. It is ideal for a walk and to rest in one of the garden benches along the waterside.
Photographia Museu Vicentes
The museum Photographia Vicentes is based in the collection of the atelier founded in 1845, with a department of emulsified glasses unique in the world. It is placed in the former photographic studio of Vicente Gomes da Silva, built in …
Poças do Gomes / Doca do Cavacas
Seaside area with some natural pools in the rocks. It has direct access to the clear waters sea. It has curious tunnel dug out on the rocks giving access to Praia Formosa.
Poças do Governador / Complexo Balnear da Ponta Gorda
Seaside area with two adult pools and one for children, sea access, sand fields to practice sports, playground and first aid sickberth. It is located at the promenade Lido-Praia Formosa.
Praia da Barreirinha
Beach located in the old town area, right next to the São Tiago Fortress. It is a seaside complex with pool and access to the sea, with good conditions for visitors and certified water with Blue Flag. It has locker …
Beach located ten minutes away by car from Funchal city centre. It has two small beaches of sand and one with shingles, called Arieiro. It has Blue flag and is watched by a team of lifeguards. It is an attractive …
Praia Nova - Funchal
Sand beach at the Praia Formosa. It has a playground, three healthcare assistance posts, sports area, restaurants and bars.
Jardim Botânico da Madeira
This garden is located at about three kilometres from the centre of Funchal. It has about 2000 vegetal species, including plants that exist only in the Madeira island and in other Atlantic islands such as the Azores, the Canaries and …
Heliatlantis - Turismo em Helicópteros
An original way to capture the magnificent landscapes of Madeira Island. The helicopter needs four people (minimum) and good weather conditions to take off. Various circuits take place everyday until sunset. The possibilities are varied, such as 10 minutes at …
Where to sleep in Funchal
Luxurious and sophisticated Hotel, designed by architect Ricardo Bofill and João Francisco Caires, located in Funchal's historic city centre, close to the mari…
Placed in a cliff, it offers a magnificent view o the sea and is only 10 minutes away (on foot) from the city centre. It has 328 rooms, all with balcony or ter…
This nice hotel has privileged location, less than 2km away from the city centre and over the Funchal bay. It has direct access to the sea and offer magnificen…
Ponta do Sol
The municipality of Ponta do Sol, based in the city of the same name, is located 18 kilometres from Funchal, on the South coast of Madeira Island. It…
Located in the North of the island of Madeira, the municipality of São Vicente occupies an area of about 80 square miles and consists of the parishes…
Created May 6, 1914, the municipality of Ribeira Brava has an area of 65 km2 and is formed by the parishes of Belfry, Ribeira Brava, Serra de Água an…
The municipality of Santa Cruz, whose area of 95.5 km2 covers also the Desertas Islands, visible from the coast, lies on the South coast of Madeira I…