1. Portugal
  2. Madeira
  3. Funchal
  4. Jesuit College of Funchal

Funchal: Wine and Sugar Walking Tour

Product ID: 137912
Learn about the economy of Madeira over centuries and why the island was the base of Portugal's expansion in the sugar industry and trade routes of the Atlantic and Indian oceans. Explore the wine-making traditions and more.
About this activity
Duration: 2 hours
Check availability to see starting times.
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, German, Portuguese
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

Select participants, date and language:



  • Learn more about the historical growth of Funchal
  • Visit some of the city's most emblematic monuments and discover hidden treasures
  • Hear about the sugar industry at the 15th-century Old Customs House
Full description
Start your 2-hour walking tour at the History Tellers' Naturalmente Português store in La Vie Shopping Center. Join a former student of the University of Madeira, or a volunteer of the university's Erasmus Madeiran Heritage program, and get fascinating explanations about the cultural history of the island and its importance to the historical trade routes of the Atlantic and Indian oceans.

Learn more about some of the famous visitors to Madeira and what they contributed to the island. Explore the wine-making industry and its impact on global history, and visit emblematic buildings, such as the 15th-century Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption. Go to the Old Customs House, built at the height of Madeira's importance to the sugar industry, and discover one of the oldest tourist centers.
  • Walking tour
  • Guide
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Food and beverages
  • Any personal expenses

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meet your guide in the Naturalmente Português shop on the 1st floor of La Vie Shopping Center, Rua Doutor Brito Câmara 9, 9000-039 Sé, Funchal.

Open in Google Maps ⟶
Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• Your guide will be a former university student or European volunteer of the Erasmus Madeiran Heritage program at the University of Madeira
• Please wear comfortable shoes
• Tours start at 11:00 AM, 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM, Monday to Friday, and are available in Portuguese, English, French, German and Spanish
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 9 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.8 / 5
  • Organization
    4.8 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.8 / 5
  • Safety
    5 / 5
Sort by

good information from very friendly and enthusiastic student.

Very interesting tour by Polish student, who had a good knowledge of the subject and who also clearly enjoyed seeing tourists from different countries.

June 2, 2019

Good introduction to the history of Funchal

We really enjoyed our walking tour, however their was very little reference to the wine and sugar trade within Madeira in the past. We were also very disappointed not to be able to visit the Jesuit community.

March 6, 2019

Helen was brilliant.

Helen led us (couple with baby) through zur Streets of Funchal for 2 hrs and it never got boring.

January 15, 2019

Organized by

Madeiran Heritage

Product ID: 137912