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.

Pestana Casino Park Ocean and SPA Hotel
Pestana Casino Park Ocean and SPA Hotel
5 out of 5
Rua Imperatriz D. Amélia, Funchal
The price is S$176 per night from 1 Oct to 1 Oct
Excludes taxes & fees
This family-friendly Funchal hotel is located near the beach, within a 10-minute walk of Madeira Casino, CR7 Museum and Avenida do Mar. Funchal Municipal Garden ...
4.2/5Excellent! (979 reviews)
"Infinity pool nd great view"

Reviewed on 6 Sep,2021

Pestana Casino Park Ocean and SPA Hotel
The Cliff Bay
The Cliff Bay
5 out of 5
Estrada Monumental 147, Funchal
The price is S$333 per night from 21 Oct to 21 Oct
Excludes taxes & fees
This family-friendly Funchal hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 15-minute walk of Complexo Balnear do Lido and Barreiros Stadium. CR7 Museum and Funchal ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (664 reviews)
"An excellent hotel where the staff prioritise the guests in making your stay a first class experience, I would definitely go back again."

Reviewed on 18 Sep,2021

The Cliff Bay
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
The price is S$289 per night from 17 Oct to 17 Oct
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Se, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Madeira Casino and CR7 Museum. Avenida do Mar and La Vie Shopping Center are also within 10 ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (63 reviews)
"Charming, modern and well designed hotel. good facilities"

Reviewed on 2 Sep,2021

Savoy Palace – The Leading Hotels of the World | Savoy Signature
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.
Florasol Residence Hotel
Florasol Residence Hotel
3 out of 5
Estrada Monumental 306, Funchal
The price is S$101 per night from 9 Oct to 9 Oct
Excludes taxes & fees
This family-friendly Funchal aparthotel is located by the ocean, within 2 mi (3 km) of Complexo Balnear do Lido and CR7 Museum. Funchal Marina and Funchal Farmers ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (60 reviews)
hôtel avec vue mer tres bien placé
"Nous avons passé un bon séjour, personnel très agréable ,l'appartement fonctionnel avec une belle vue, mais malheureusement nous avons eux des blattes le seul bémol de ntre séjour."

Reviewed on 2 Jan,2021

Florasol Residence Hotel
Hotel Duas Torres
Hotel Duas Torres
4 out of 5
Estrada Monumental 239, Funchal
The price is S$106 per night from 23 Sep to 23 Sep
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in São Martinho, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Formosa Beach and Complexo Balnear do Lido. CR7 Museum and Funchal Marina are also within 3 ...
4.1/5Very Good! (56 reviews)
"Good location. Nice ocean view from the balcony."

Reviewed on 2 Jul,2021

Hotel Duas Torres
Pestana Ocean Bay Resort
Pestana Ocean Bay Resort
4 out of 5
Praia Formosa, Funchal
The price is S$231 per night from 16 Oct to 16 Oct
Excludes taxes & fees
Nestled on the beach, this São Martinho aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Formosa Beach, Funchal Municipal Garden and Complexo Balnear do Lido. Barreiros Stadium ...
4.2/5Very Good! (201 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

Pestana Ocean Bay Resort
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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