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

NEXT - Savoy Signature
NEXT - Savoy Signature
4 out of 5
Rua Carvalho Araújo 8, Funchal, Madeira, 9000-022
The price is £104 per night from 1 Sep to 2 Sep
Stay at this 4-star hotel in Funchal. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants and 2 bars/lounges. Popular attractions Funchal Marina and Madeira Casino are located nearby. ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (45 reviews)
Fab location, good value
"Great value, and the accommodation and location was top notch! My only couple of issues - the aircon was way too weak in our room, and reception didn’t seem too bothered. Also the top floor pool and bar area : this should be adults only, and we were disturbed by kids splashing around in the (tiny) ..."

Reviewed on 3 Aug 2022

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Savoy Palace - The Leading Hotels of the World - Savoy Signature
Savoy Palace - The Leading Hotels of the World - Savoy Signature
5 out of 5
Avenida do Infante, 25, Funchal, 9004-542
The price is £262 per night from 25 Aug to 26 Aug
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Funchal. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (159 reviews)
"Excellent service and stunning hotel. The lighting in the bathroom could be brighter and it would benefit from more storage space in the bathroom."

Reviewed on 9 Aug 2022

Savoy Palace - The Leading Hotels of the World - Savoy Signature
The Cliff Bay
The Cliff Bay
5 out of 5
Estrada Monumental 147, Funchal, 9004-532
The price is £295 per night from 11 Sep to 12 Sep
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Funchal. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff in their reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (738 reviews)
"Great hotel with great service. Has best view when you eat.."

Reviewed on 9 Aug 2022

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.
Pestana Ocean Bay Resort
Pestana Ocean Bay Resort
4 out of 5
Praia Formosa, Funchal, 9000-247
The price is £123 per night from 14 Sep to 15 Sep
Stay at this 4-star beach aparthotel in Funchal. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a marina. Our guests praise the restaurant and the WiFi in their reviews. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (202 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

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Palheiro Village
Palheiro Village
4 out of 5
Estrada do Aeroporto, No. 65, Palheiro Ferreiro, Funchal, Madeira, 9060-382
Stay at this 4-star spa aparthotel in Funchal. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the convenient ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (246 reviews)
"Excellent accommodation with good privacy and general facilities for cooking, washing etc, spacious, outdoor pool was great for the kids, close to Funchal (although car required to get around)."

Reviewed on 19 Feb 2022

Palheiro Village
Pestana Casino Studios
Pestana Casino Studios
4 out of 5
Av. do Infante, nº9, Funchal, Madeira, 9004-513
The price is £129 per night from 10 Sep to 11 Sep
Stay at this 4-star aparthotel in Funchal. Enjoy free WiFi, room service and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the comfy beds in their reviews. Popular ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (8 reviews)
"Beautiful apartment in a beautiful area! So lovely to be able to use the amenities in the hotel next door too :)"

Reviewed on 4 Jun 2022

Pestana Casino Studios
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