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

Funchal: Old Town Walking Tour

Product ID: 70346
Learn about the history of Funchal and Madeira on a guided walk through the city’s medieval center. Visit the farmer's market, the Campo Almirante Reis, the Fortress of St. James, and a number of other sites as your guide provides commentary.
About this activity
Duration: 2 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, French, German, Polish, Portuguese
Wheelchair accessible
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Take a guided walk through the medieval center of Funchal
  • Hear about the history of Funchal and Madeira from your guide
  • Explore the city's medieval heart
Full description
Meet your guide at Naturalmente Português - History Tellers in La Vie Shopping Centre to begin this 2-hour guided walking tour of Funchal. Learn how the history of Madeira and Funchal shaped the city centre as you visit the most important points of interest.

Travel down the 19th century public walkway between the Municipal Theatre and the Cathedral, where sugarcane was first planted in Madeira, during the 15th century.

Explore the city’s medieval heart dating from the Golden Age of Sugar and discover the beautiful 17th century religious monuments.

Visit the ruins of the old Pilory Square and other remnants from past floods and the area damaged by the Great Fire of Funchal in 1584.
This tour helps to support students at the University of Madeira who are facing financial difficulties.  
Includes
  • Guided walking tour
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Food and beverages
  • Any personal expenses

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Meeting point

Inside of La Vie Shopping Center, Naturalmente Português Shop 1st. Floor (in front of ALE-HOP store), Rua Doutor Brito Câmara 9, 9000-039 Sé, Funchal.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• Your walking tour will be guided by a former university student or European volunteer that is participating in the Erasmus+ program History Tellers project, developed at the University of Madeira. This project has an important solidarity component
• Be sure to wear comfortable shoes
• The History Tellers tours are 2 hours long, starting at 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM, or 4:00 PM, Monday to Friday. They are available in Portuguese, English, French, German, and Spanish
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 501 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.7 / 5
  • Organization
    4.7 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.7 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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A really great way to find out about Funchal and the island of Madiera. Our guide Katlya is from Iceland and speaks excellent English. She was very knowledgeable and brought the island's history to life with a visit to Blandys, the Scots Kirk, the Jesuits College and cathedral to name but a few. Highly recommend the tour. We were on a cruise and pre-booked online. The meeting point is about 25 mins walk from the cruise ship so worth booking the early tour before the day gets too hot.

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February 6, 2020

this tour was really easy to book and the tour was conducted by a very knowledgeable student who took you to lots of places and pointed out things you would never notice. the tour was just me and my partner so you could take your time and ask as many questions as you wanted. would highly recommend.

January 8, 2020

This was a 2 hour walk was full of interesting historical information. Going inside some of the buildings and churches you would normally just walk past. Our student guide Katlan was so knowledgeable and friendly. It’s well worth the cost.

March 5, 2020

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Madeiran Heritage

Product ID: 70346