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.

Hotel do Carmo
Hotel do Carmo
3 out of 5
Travessa do Rego, 10, Funchal
The price is ¥8,794 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 7
Located in Se, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Embroidery Museum and Funchal Farmers Market. Funchal Town Hall and Funchal Sacred Art Museum are also ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (148 reviews)
"Great location. Right in the center of Funchal. Staff was great; breakfast was fresh and tasty daily."

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2019

Hotel do Carmo
The Cliff Bay
The Cliff Bay
5 out of 5
Estrada Monumental 147, Funchal
The price is ¥23,240 per night from Nov 4 to Nov 4
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 ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (667 reviews)
"Great location, excellent service and very friendly staff. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at The Cliff Bay hotel. Thank you."

Reviewed on Oct 7, 2021

The Cliff Bay
Reid's Palace, A Belmond Hotel, Madeira
Reid's Palace, A Belmond Hotel, Madeira
5 out of 5
Estrada Monumental 139, Funchal
The price is ¥40,378 per night from Nov 15 to Nov 15
Located in São Martinho, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within 1 mi (2 km) of CR7 Museum and Funchal Municipal Garden. Funchal Cable Car - Monte ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (453 reviews)
"Single handedly the best service we have ever gotten in our life."

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2021

Reid's Palace, A Belmond Hotel, Madeira
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Rochinha Cozy Home
Rochinha Cozy Home
2 out of 5
Rua da Rochinha, Funchal, Madeira
The price is ¥3,406 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
Located in Santa Maria Maior, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Pregetter's Orchid Garden and Madeira Botanical Garden. Embroidery Museum ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (13 reviews)
"Excellent hostess Good facilities for a couple Location pleasing though car parking problematic"

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2019

Rochinha Cozy Home
Aparthotel Imperatriz
Aparthotel Imperatriz
3 out of 5
Rua Imperatriz Dona Amelia, 72, Funchal
The price is ¥5,679 per night from Nov 10 to Nov 10
Located in Se, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Madeira Casino and CR7 Museum. Museum of Natural History and Barreiros Stadium are also within 15 ...
3.8/5 Good! (148 reviews)
"liked rooftop pool, carpet was in terrible condition. small insects all over the place. bad smell in bathroom, staff were friendly,"

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2018

Aparthotel Imperatriz
Central Funchal Beautiful View
Central Funchal Beautiful View
4 out of 5
Estrada Monumental 188, Mira Mar Apartments, 207, São Martinho, Funchal, Portugal
Located in São Martinho, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Barreiros Stadium, Madeira Casino, and Complexo Balnear do Lido. CR7 Museum and ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
"Great Location and good to walk to town good size pool very noisy because of road"

Reviewed on Jun 1, 2019

Central Funchal Beautiful View
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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