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Funchal
Travel Guide

Madeira

The capital of the Portuguese island of Madeira is a beautiful city on the southern coast offering beaches, historic buildings and marine wildlife adventures.

With houses built on the side of a hill, an attractive bay and a mountainous backdrop, Funchal has one of Portugal’s most beautiful settings. The coastal city is the capital of the island of Madeira and combines a modern beach resort with hundreds of years of history. Surf, tour ancient buildings and sail the ocean to see whales and dolphins.

The town is named for the bright yellow fennel (funcho in Portuguese) that grew here when the Portuguese settled the area in the early 15th century.

Funchal’s natural beauty isn’t confined to the coast and surrounding mountains. Spend a few hours in the sunken, rose and French gardens of Jardins de Palheiro. Stroll through Jardim Orquidea’s miniature jungle filled with varied orchid species. Enjoy thousands of blooms at the Madeira Botanical Gardens.

Explore the historic buildings of the old town area. Admire the stained-glass windows, baroque altars and gothic arches of the 16th-century Sé Cathedral. Amble along cobblestone streets lined by old buildings, some dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries. Visit the Museo Municipal for its natural history exhibits. Gaze at the collection of Turkish and North African decorative tiles at the Frederico de Freitas Museum.

Ride the cable car up to Monte, a small village 1,804 feet (550 meters) above sea level. When you want to come back down to Funchal, ride a toboggan. These resemble large wicker baskets and are pushed down the steep roads by drivers.

Walk along the promenade from the city center to the Praia Formosa, a collection of beaches. Venture farther out to sea on a dolphin- and whale-watching trip or take a boat cruise along the coast.

As Madeira’s capital city, Funchal has good transportation links. Madeira Airport is 13 miles (21 kilometers) away. With Funchal’s mild subtropical climate, its beaches, gardens and historic sites can be enjoyed year-round.

Where to stay in Funchal

Porto Mare Hotel
Porto Mare Hotel
4 out of 5
Rua Simplicio Passos Gouveia 21, Funchal
The price is £101 per night from 10 May to 10 May
This family-friendly Funchal hotel is located by the ocean, within 1 mi (2 km) of Barreiros Stadium and Complexo Balnear do Lido. CR7 Museum and Funchal Marina ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (447 reviews)
Happy stay
"This is a lovely hotel in beautiful gardens with great sea views. We made extensive use of tennis and table tennis facilities. Very good breakfast. Great service throughout. We will definitely return."

Reviewed on 16 Jan 2021

Porto Mare Hotel
Les Suites at The Cliff Bay
Les Suites at The Cliff Bay
5 out of 5
Estrada Monumental, 145, Funchal
The price is £348 per night from 11 May to 11 May
Located in São Martinho, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Barreiros Stadium, Complexo Balnear do Lido and CR7 Museum. Funchal Marina and Madeira ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)
"Amazing hotel, great clean large rooms and perfect location"

Reviewed on 26 Sep 2020

Les Suites at The Cliff Bay
The Cliff Bay
The Cliff Bay
5 out of 5
Estrada Monumental 147, Funchal
The price is £173 per night from 15 May to 15 May
This family-friendly Funchal hotel is located on the waterfront, within 1 mi (2 km) of Barreiros Stadium, Complexo Balnear do Lido and CR7 Museum. Funchal Marina ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (653 reviews)
Lovely hotel
"Very restful stay in beautiful location. Staff were friendly and warm and eager to make our stay a delight. Will definitely return."

Reviewed on 28 Dec 2020

The Cliff Bay
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Aparthotel Imperatriz
Aparthotel Imperatriz
3 out of 5
Rua Imperatriz Dona Amelia, 72, Funchal
The price is £38 per night from 1 Jun to 1 Jun
Located in Se, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Madeira Casino and CR7 Museum. Museum of Natural History and Barreiros Stadium are also within 15 ...
3.8/5Good! (146 reviews)
"liked rooftop pool, carpet was in terrible condition. small insects all over the place. bad smell in bathroom, staff were friendly,"

Reviewed on 25 Oct 2018

Aparthotel Imperatriz
Pestana Ocean Bay Resort
Pestana Ocean Bay Resort
4 out of 5
Praia Formosa, Funchal
Nestled on the beach, this São Martinho aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Formosa Beach, Complexo Balnear do Lido and CR7 Museum. Funchal Municipal Garden ...
4.2/5Very Good! (201 reviews)
"I didn’t like that was no air conditioner and that was unacceptable, dinnind area everybody was swetting and on the walking area, and I had to change room upon arrival because I was assuming every room had air conditioner but I paid xtra for that. Also entertainment was poor beeing the the hotel ..."

Reviewed on 25 Sep 2019

Pestana Ocean Bay Resort
Casa Do Mercado
Casa Do Mercado
4 out of 5
Rua dos Barreiros 28, Funchal
Located in Old Town Funchal, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Funchal-Monte Teleferico and Funchal Marina. CR7 Museum and Madeira Botanical ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)
"Perfect, great location. Really loved our stay in Funchal and this property was ideal for the two of us. Really close to a fantastic choice of restaurants and attractions."

Reviewed on 19 Aug 2019

Casa Do Mercado
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Funchal

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

19 Mar 2020

Funchal is a very nice place to go but under current circumstances not a lot we could do about anything,felt sorry for people on island

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

14 Mar 2020

We like Funchal and Madeira very much and like to spend the winter months there.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

10 Mar 2020

Take the cable car up to Monte, and the toboggan down!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

1 Mar 2020

Try the back street cafes, better value and meet the locals.

5/5 - Excellent

Sally

29 Feb 2020

Want to live there!

4/5 - Good

Deep

27 Feb 2020

Beautiful place, we went on jeep safari to Westside, would love to visit again to see east and spend few days in porto santa. Plenty to do and visit, and weather is good even in early Feb.

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