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Town Square (Praça do Município)

Defined by its striking black-and-white tiling, Funchal’s main square is surrounded by some of the city’s most interesting historic attractions. 

Funchal’s Town Square is a bustling hub of activity, lined with beautiful checkered cobblestones and bordered by grand whitewashed buildings. In addition to being a lovely civic center, the square is an ideal starting point for visiting several attractions, including the Sacred Art Museum, City Hall and the former Jesuit College.

Notice the square’s distinctive black-and-white paving, a series of half-moon cobblestones made from lava rock. The pattern continues onto the black-stone-trimmed buildings that surround the square. Admire the prominent fountain that dominates the square’s center. 

Look on the west side of the square to find Igreja do Colégio, the former Jesuit College and church. The Jesuits, a wealthy brotherhood of missionary priests, owned a number of wine estates in Madeira and managed the institution in the 17th century. Inside, look for frescos, ceramic tiles, beautiful 17th- and 18th-century paintings and an exquisite high altar, framed by carved wood overlaid with gold leaf. 

Walk to the opposite side of the square to see the city’s stately town hall, Câmara Municipal. Built in the mid-18th century, this building originally served as the Count of Carvalhal’s residence. Explore the building’s central courtyard to find a marble statue depicting the Greek myth of Leda and the swan. The walls are lined with azulejos (traditional Portuguese tiles). Stop at the small museum inside the building, which examines the history of the city through a series of photographs.

Don’t miss the Sacred Art Museum and its impressive collection of sculptures, paintings and gold items dating from the 15th through 19th centuries. The museum is noted for its remarkable paintings by Flemish masters, which were commissioned by affluent merchants during the height of the 16th-century sugar trade between Funchal and Antwerp. The 15th-century gold-plated Processional Cross is particularly impressive.

Explore Funchal’s city center easily on foot. The Town Square is located off the northwestern corner of the lively local market at Praça do Comércio.


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The Cliff Bay £162
The Cliff Bay

The Cliff Bay

Estrada Monumental 147, Funchal
     
    4.9
    of 5, from 441 reviews
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    This family-friendly Funchal hotel is located on the waterfront, within 1 mi (2 km) of Barreiros Stadium, Funchal Municipal Garden and La Vie Shopping Center. Botanical Garden is 2.8 mi (4.6 km) away.

    Castanheiro Boutique Hotel £110
    Castanheiro Boutique Hotel

    Castanheiro Boutique Hotel

    Rua do Castanheiro 31, Funchal
       
      4.7
      of 5, from 209 reviews
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      Located in Sao Pedro, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Town Square and within 3 miles (5 km) of Botanical Garden and Monte Palace Gardens. Madeira Stadium is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) away.

      The Vine £116
      The Vine

      The Vine

      Rua Dos Aranhas, Funchal
         
        4.6
        of 5, from 380 reviews
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        This family-friendly Funchal hotel is steps away from La Vie Shopping Center and Funchal Municipal Garden. Botanical Garden and Monte Palace Gardens are also within 3 miles (5 km).

        Belmond Reid's Palace £259
        Belmond Reid's Palace

        Belmond Reid's Palace

        Estrada Monumental 139, Funchal
           
          4.9
          of 5, from 274 reviews
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          This family-friendly Funchal hotel is located on the waterfront, within 1 mi (2 km) of CR7 Museum, La Vie Shopping Center and Funchal Municipal Garden. Monte Palace Gardens is 5.5 mi (8.8 km) away.

          Quinta Jardins do Lago £205
          Quinta Jardins do Lago

          Quinta Jardins do Lago

          Rua Dr. Joao Lemos Gomes 29, Funchal
             
            4.8
            of 5, from 114 reviews
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            Located in Sao Pedro, this family-friendly Funchal hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Quinta das Cruzes Museum, Frederico de Freitas Museum and Museum of Natural History. Monte Palace Gardens and Botanical Garden are also within 3 miles (5 km).

            Pestana Casino Park Hotel & Casino £90
            Pestana Casino Park Hotel & Casino

            Pestana Casino Park Hotel & Casino

            Rua Imperatriz D. Amélia, Funchal
               
              4.2
              of 5, from 987 reviews
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              Located in the centre of Funchal, this family-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of CR7 Museum and Madeira Casino. Botanical Garden and Monte Palace Gardens are also within 3 miles (5 km).

              Pestana Carlton Madeira Ocean Resort Hotel £99
              Pestana Carlton Madeira Ocean Resort Hotel

              Pestana Carlton Madeira Ocean Resort Hotel

              Largo Antonio Nobre, Funchal
                 
                4.4
                of 5, from 641 reviews
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                This family-friendly Funchal hotel is located by the ocean, within a 10-minute walk of CR7 Museum and Madeira Casino. Botanical Garden and Monte Palace Gardens are also within 3 miles (5 km).

                Hotel Madeira £67
                Hotel Madeira

                Hotel Madeira

                Rua Ivens n21, Funchal
                   
                  4.2
                  of 5, from 234 reviews
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                  Located in the heart of Funchal, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Arcadas Sao Francisco Shopping Center and within 3 miles (5 km) of Botanical Garden and Monte Palace Gardens. Madeira Stadium is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) away.