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 metres) 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 centre 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 kilometres) 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
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4 out of 5
Rua Carvalho Araújo 8, Funchal, Madeira, 9000-022
The price is Rs11,009 per night from 1 Aug to 2 Aug
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! (21 reviews)
"Incredible stay with an amazing room (with a view that I will not forget). Outdoor areas are wonderful. Close to the city center and walkable. Definitely recommend this property !"

Reviewed on 31 May 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 Rs23,000 per night from 14 Jul to 15 Jul
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! (138 reviews)
"Great service, excellent facilities. Nothing was yoo much trouble. Fabulous hotel."

Reviewed on 27 Jun 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 Rs11,303 per night from 4 Jul to 5 Jul
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Funchal. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 restaurants and a marina. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in their reviews. Popular ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (978 reviews)
"We love the Pestana Casino Park hotel and have stayed there 4 times."

Reviewed on 24 May 2022

Pestana Casino Park Ocean and SPA Hotel
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 Casino Studios
Pestana Casino Studios
4 out of 5
Av. do Infante, nº9, Funchal, Madeira, 9004-513
The price is Rs10,989 per night from 10 Jul to 11 Jul
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 ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (6 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

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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! (243 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
Dorisol Mimosa Studio Hotel
Dorisol Mimosa Studio Hotel
3 out of 5
Rua Da Casa Branca, Funchal, 9004535
Stay at this 3-star spa aparthotel in Funchal. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 outdoor pools and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the WiFi in their reviews. ...
3.6/5 Good! (136 reviews)
It didn’t provide what the website stated
"I can ignore the steep road to reach the place because it’s the feature in Funchal, even for other hotels. But Most of services written on the website are not available. WiFi can only be accessed at public area, not in room. The website stated refrigerator and microwave available, however, they are ..."

Reviewed on 9 Oct 2019

Dorisol Mimosa Studio Hotel
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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