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

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4 out of 5
Rua Carvalho Araújo 8, Funchal, Madeira, 9000-022
The price is $121 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 2
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 Aug 3, 2022

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Savoy Palace - The Leading Hotels of the World - Savoy Signature
5 out of 5
Avenida do Infante, 25, Funchal, 9004-542
The price is $337 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 2
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 our 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 Aug 9, 2022

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Pestana Casino Park Ocean and SPA Hotel
Pestana Casino Park Ocean and SPA Hotel
5 out of 5
Rua Imperatriz D. Amélia, Funchal, 9004-513
The price is $152 per night from Aug 27 to Aug 28
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Funchal. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 restaurants, and a marina. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (985 reviews)
"Fantastic hotel with great facilities. I stayed with with children aged 11 and 14 and they loved it. The location is very good and easy to get around to shops and restaurants. The kids loved both the indoor and outdoor pool and there is a jacuzzi and roof top pool for older ones. The view from our ..."

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2022

Pestana Casino Park Ocean and SPA Hotel
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Pier House Accommodation
Pier House Accommodation
3 out of 5
R. Dos Murcas 4, Funchal, Madeira, 9000-058
The price is $118 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 17
Enjoy free WiFi, a flat-screen TV, and a hair dryer. Popular attractions Funchal Marina and Se Cathedral are located nearby. Discover genuine guest reviews for ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
"In the center of Funchal. Make sure to let them know your arrival time so they can be there to coordinate checkin. Amazing value right in the heart of the city. Would recommend to anyone visiting"

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2022

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Pestana Ocean Bay Resort
Pestana Ocean Bay Resort
4 out of 5
Praia Formosa, Funchal, 9000-247
The price is $151 per night from Aug 25 to Aug 26
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 our reviews. Popular ...
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 Sep 25, 2019

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Pestana Casino Studios
Pestana Casino Studios
4 out of 5
Av. do Infante, nº9, Funchal, Madeira, 9004-513
The price is $151 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 2
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 our 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 Jun 4, 2022

Pestana Casino Studios
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