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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 £183
The Cliff Bay

The Cliff Bay

Estrada Monumental 147, Funchal
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    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 and Madeira Botanical Garden are also within 3 miles (5 km).

    Turim Santa Maria Hotel £59
    Turim Santa Maria Hotel

    Turim Santa Maria Hotel

    Rua João de Deus, 24, Funchal
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Funchal, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Embroidery Museum and Funchal Marina. CR7 Museum and Madeira Botanical Garden are also within 1 mile (2 km).

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      Avenida do Infante, 25, Funchal
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Se, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Madeira Casino and CR7 Museum. Funchal Marina and Complexo Balnear do Lido are also within 2 miles (3 km).

        Funchal Design Hotel £72
        Funchal Design Hotel

        Funchal Design Hotel

        Rua da Alegria 2 e 2 A, Funchal
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Se, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of La Vie Shopping Center, CR7 Museum, and Funchal Marina. Complexo Balnear do Lido and Madeira Botanical Garden are also within 2 miles (3 km).

          Porto Mare Hotel £111
          Porto Mare Hotel

          Porto Mare Hotel

          Rua Simplicio Passos Gouveia 21, Funchal
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            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 are also within 2 miles (3 km).

            Hotel Porto Santa Maria £98
            Hotel Porto Santa Maria

            Hotel Porto Santa Maria

            Avenida do Mar e das Comunidades, Madeirenses 50, Funchal
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Old Town, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Funchal-Monte Teleferico and Funchal Marina. CR7 Museum and Madeira Botanical Garden are also within 2 miles (3 km).

              Castanheiro Boutique Hotel
              Castanheiro Boutique Hotel

              Castanheiro Boutique Hotel

              Rua do Castanheiro 31, Funchal
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Sao Pedro, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Town Square and Funchal Marina. CR7 Museum and Madeira Botanical Garden are also within 2 miles (3 km).

                The Vine £145
                The Vine

                The Vine

                Rua Dos Aranhas, No. 27A, Funchal
                   
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  This family-friendly Funchal hotel is located near the beach, within a 10-minute walk of Funchal Municipal Garden, CR7 Museum and Funchal Marina. Complexo Balnear do Lido and Madeira Botanical Garden are also within 2 miles (3 km).