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

Suite Hotel Eden Mar
Suite Hotel Eden Mar
4 out of 5
Rua do Gorgulho 2, Funchal, 9004-537
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is €158 per night from 3 Jun to 4 Jun
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Funchal. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the bar in their reviews. Popular ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (227 reviews)
"Great location and ease of travel to and from airport. Also liked the good checkout time, giving enough time to get breakfast before leaving the property. Got a bit lost to begin with, navigating my way around the hotel."

Reviewed on 27 Feb 2022

Suite Hotel Eden Mar
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 €355 per night from 27 Jun to 28 Jun
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. ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (121 reviews)
"My only suggestion would be comfortable sun beds around the pool area."

Reviewed on 17 May 2022

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Turim Santa Maria Hotel
Turim Santa Maria Hotel
4 out of 5
Rua João de Deus, 24, Funchal, 9050-027
The price is €170 per night from 30 May to 31 May
Stay at this 4-star hotel in Funchal. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (123 reviews)
"This property is accessible to all amenities and tourist attractions. Unfortunately, there was a brown- out on our first breakfast. Maybe the hotel has no control on this incident."

Reviewed on 24 Apr 2022

Turim Santa Maria Hotel
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Aparthotel Imperatriz
Aparthotel Imperatriz
3 out of 5
Rua Imperatriz Dona Amelia, 72, Funchal, 9000-018
The price is €89 per night from 13 Jun to 14 Jun
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Funchal. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and on-site parking. Our guests praise the WiFi and the comfy beds in ...
3.8/5 Good! (153 reviews)
Quick stay before ferry to Porto Santo
"Great price, good location right on a street with loads of pubs d restaurant, short walk to the harbour. Very loud street noise from outside. Everything is extra in hotel, €10 for the remote in room, no towel for pool but for the price it is great value."

Reviewed on 15 Nov 2021

Aparthotel Imperatriz
Pestana Casino Studios
Pestana Casino Studios
4 out of 5
Av. do Infante, nº9, Funchal, Madeira, 9004-513
The price is €119 per night from 30 May to 31 May
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 ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (5 reviews)
Great choice, excellent location
"Great choice! All the comfort of new rooms with small kitchenette combined with access to all of the facilities of the 5-star Casino Park hotel next door - infinity pool, bars, restaurants, gym. Reception team - especially Jessica - all lovely."

Reviewed on 9 Feb 2020

Pestana Casino Studios
Villa With Swimmingpool and Panoramic View Madeira
Villa With Swimmingpool and Panoramic View Madeira
3.5 out of 5
Funchal, Madeira Region
Stay at this 3.5-star holiday home in Funchal. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a garden. Popular attractions Funchal Marina and Palheiro Golf Club are located ...
Villa With Swimmingpool and Panoramic View Madeira
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