Funchal Things to Do

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  • 1. Madeira Sidecar Tours

    The best way to explore Madeira with a local is by a sidecar motorbike. Forget the buses or driving on narrow roads. The motorbike and their comfortable sidecars are new on the scene in Madeira and...

  • 2. The Doors of Rua de Santa Maria.

    Situated in the oldest street in Funchal,offering a view of the city's traditional architecture.The painted doors attract thousands of visitors and this ancient...

  • 3. Cable car trip.

    A good way of getting excellent views of Funchal is to take the cable car up to Monte.The cable car leaves from the promenade in Funchal by the old town. Whilst...

  • 4. Hiking

    Hiking is one of the favorite sports for the adventurers that visit Madeira. "Levadas" are a must, but the trail between the two greatest peaks - Areeiro and...

  • 5. Pico do Areeiro

    It's a mandatory trip, the visit of one of the highest peaks in Madeira. Only a few minutes driving from Funchal, the views are gorgeous, generally with clouds...

  • 6. Regional court

    A big building in the historic centre is the palace of justice. It is not pretty but it shows the typical architecture of the dictatorship that ruled Portugal...

  • 7. Cathedral

    At the end of the 15th century the architect Pêro Anes was sent by king Manuel I to plan the cathedral of Funchal, that was finished in 1514. It has a Gothic...

  • 8. S Tiago fort

    Built in 1614, when Portugal was ruled by a Spanish king, it suffered several modifications until 1992, when it started being used as contemporary art museum....

  • 9. S Tiago Church

    Situated in Socorro square, this church was initially built in 1523, to pray for the end of the black plague. Remodeled in the 17th century, it was totally...

  • 10. Santa Maria

    St Maria Maior is the oldest quarter of Funchal, and maybe the prettiest, dominated by the church of the same name, built in Baroque style in the 18th century....

  • 11. St Lourenço Fort

    Initially built as a fortress in the 16th century, this big building was used as a defensive place but also as a palace. It was the central and decisive point...

  • 12. Pillory

    The old centre of town is marked by a pillory, sent to the island in 1468 by king Manuel I. The streets changed with time, but the pillory remained. It was...

  • 13. Beach

    There is no good beach in Funchal. A few artificial constructions allow access to the sea, but sand is something that I didn't see. A few small pebble areas are...

  • 14. Monte Palace

    The most famous of the many gardens in Funchal is the tropical garden of Monte palace. Property of one of the richest locals it is the base of Berardo...

  • 15. Monte - Fountain square

    The centre of the area called Monte is the fountain square, a place where everybody gathers, after parking in the few slots in the area. Street souvenirs...

  • 16. Monte park

    Rivalling the wonderful private gardens in the palaces of Monte, this small park is also very beautiful. With several local and exotic plants, the main...

  • 17. Monte church

    A Baroque church from the 18th century, with a long staircase, is a good sightseeing point over the bay. It has some interesting golden pieces, and the tomb of...

  • 18. Basket sliding

    One of the highlights in Funchal is the descent from Monte to the centre, in a sliding basket controlled by two men. The speed is high in some places, but the...

  • 19. Corpo Santo square

    A delicious area in Funchal, in the old city, with houses remembering a small village, only with the touristy commerce calling us back to reality. There's a...

  • 20. St João Evangelista

    Built in the 17th century, this church evidences the transition from the European Mannerist style to Portuguese Baroque. It gives a strong sensation of wealth...

  • 21. City Hall

    Town Hall, is a good example of civil architecture from the 18th century. Black stone surrounds door and windows, each one of the with a balcony in the first...

  • 22. Barcelos peek

    One of the best sightseeing points in Funchal is Pico de Barcelos. Located 355 meters above sea level I think that it is not served by public transport, so,...

  • 23. Autonomy

    In 1987 a statue created by the local artist Ricardo Velosa was erected close to the airport, to celebrate the autonomy. In 1990 it was transferred to the local...

  • 24. Alfândega

    Customs office used for almost 500 years a beautiful building that houses today the regional Parliament. In the middle of last century a new and larger building...

  • 25. Sightseeing

    The island is small, but provides different landscapes. The best way to see them is to rent a car, as we did, but taxis are prepared to negotiate daily and well...

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