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Funchal: 90-Minute City Tour in a Tukxi

1. Funchal: 90-Minute City Tour in a Tukxi

With a local guide on the driving seat this tour provides a fantastic introduction to Funchal’s history, culture and landmarks. The tour will take you to the 15th century Old Town, with stops at the fantastic viewpoints of Socorro and Villa Guida. Later, appreciate a mix of landmarks from different centuries in the city center, including the 15th century cathedral, the Mercado dos Lavradores (Farmers Market) and the Municipal Square where the City Hall and the Jesuit Monastery are found. Visit the neighborhood of São Pedro where the island's oldest convent, Santa Clara, the famous Museum of Quinta das Cruzes and the Church of São Pedro can be admired.  To finish your tour, drive by the Municipal Garden and Santa Catarina Park to get a taste of Madeira’s famous gardens. The Tukxi is small and maneuverable enough to take you comfortably around the city’s small back streets. This tour is the perfect introduction to the city of Funchal!

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Funchal: Old Town Walking Tour

2. Funchal: Old Town Walking Tour

Meet your guide at Jesuit's College of Funchal, Madeira University 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.  

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Funchal: City Highlights by Tuk-Tuk

3. Funchal: City Highlights by Tuk-Tuk

Travel by tuk-tuk on a tour of Funchal and learn more about the history of t Madeira. See the fortifications at Pico´s Fortress, the Quinta das Cruzes mansion, and the Cathedral of Funchal. Start your tuk-tuk tour in central Funchal and head to the hilltop where Pico´s Fortress is perched. Admire this fortress which once protected the city from pirates and French corsairs. Stop at the fortress and hear about the history of this iconic battlement from your local guide. Continue to the manor at Quinta das Cruzes. Find out about the history of this house where the first captain-donee (late-feudal Portuguese administrator) in Funchal resided. Ride to the 16th century convent of St. Clara and stunning white church of St. Pedro. Admire the Manueline Gothic characteristics of the Cathedral of Funchal. Finish your tour at Barreirinha´s bar in the old town where you can choose to stop for a refreshing drink or a delicious snack.

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Madeira: Private Half-Day Historic Tour

4. Madeira: Private Half-Day Historic Tour

Enjoy a private half-day tour to discover the culture and history of Madeira, with hotel pickup and drop-off included. Start your experience at Mercado dos Lavradores, a famous market selling delicious regional produce. Continue to the Old Town in Funchal and learn the story of the island's first settlers as you walk through the streets. Head to Churchill Viewpoint to look out over Câmara de Lobos. Drop down into the town to explore the place where the British Prime Minister stayed during his time in Madeira. Finish your tour at the ruins of Ponte dos Socorridos, once a major bridge connecting the city of Funchal with the west of the island.

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What people are saying about Farmers' Market, Funchal

We had the tour with Amelie. It was very impressive and informative. You can get more information on the private tour. I can really only recommend it. Thank you very much for that.

Really informative guides and great tour of the city. Great to do at the start of your holiday so you know where to go - thank you

It was a great and fun experience. Great guide. She said a lot about Funchal.

Really enjoyed our afternoon with Tiago, great way to see Funchal

Very informative and compact. Thanks again to Amelie.