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Funchal: 3D Fun Art Museum

1. Funchal: 3D Fun Art Museum

Experience a different concept of museum which combines art and fun in a relaxed way. Encounter 40 different scenarios, including 3D images and optical illusions which will allow you to enter a world of fantasy and imagination whilst helping you believe that anything is possible. You can be Van Gogh’s doctor, take a safari, or even have a dinosaur as a pet. You can also see the world upside down, have your head being served on a table, fly through the cosmos, drink a wine served by God in Michelangelo's "Creation of Adam", and have Madeira folklore dance on your way out. The museum combines the science of visual perception with the magic of illusion and makes everything seem possible. Photographs are allowed and even encouraged in this space appropriate for all ages to visit.

Funchal: Guided Tour by Tuk Tuk and CR7 Museum Entrance

2. Funchal: Guided Tour by Tuk Tuk and CR7 Museum Entrance

Start your tuk tuk tour of Funchal by exploring the city’s Old Town, dating back to the 16th century when the island was first colonized by the Portuguese. Your driver will be happy to take you to some of the city's narrowest streets. Pass Funchal Market to savor the aromas of the fresh foods and flowers on sale. Continue to the Cathedral of Funchal and admire its Mudéjar-inspired roof. Explore the oldest and most typical streets of Funchal, including Ferrnão de Ornelas. End at the CR7 Museum, dedicated to the Madeiran footballer Cristiano Ronaldo. Enter the museum for free at the end of your guided tuk tuk tour and see emblematic photographs of Cristiano’s career, videos and his wax statue at your own pace. Marvel at the junior and professional trophies he won while serving at Andorinha, Nacional, Sporting, Manchester United and Real Madrid.

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.

Madeira: Private Half-Day Guided Gardens Tour

4. Madeira: Private Half-Day Guided Gardens Tour

Embark on a half-day tour dedicated to the Madeira's gardens, one of the island's greatest treasures. Visit the Monte Palace Tropical Garden and be impressed by its beauty and diverse culture. See traces of Portugal's history since the reign of its first king, D. Afonso Henriques. Wander through the Monte Palace, which occupies an area of 70.000 square meters and houses an exotic collection of plants from different regions in the world. Watch swans and ducks floating on the lake as well as peacocks and chickens walking freely in the main areas of the property. Visit the museum inside the palace that houses a unique collection of minerals and gems.  The tour ends in the Botanical Garden, founded in 1960 by a Madeiran Botanist. Find more than 2500 species of plants from different parts in the world, all brought together in the “Garden of the Atlantic.”

Madeira: Pregetter Orchid Collection Private Tour

5. Madeira: Pregetter Orchid Collection Private Tour

Embark on a tour of a natural space full of orchids and other varieties of exotic plants from around the world. Explore the flora and beautiful fauna of this peaceful place, and learn about the work of the Pregetter family from your guide. Enjoy pickup from your accommodation or at Funchal Port, and head for the Pregetter Orchid Garden. Take advantage of complimentary wi-fi as you cruise through the island en route to your destination. Immerse yourself in a peaceful garden containing more than 50,000 plants and a covered jungle, located next to the Botanical Garden. Take a private tour of a landscape of orchids and other varieties of exotic plants from across the world. Learn about the work of the Pregetter family in creating new plant species in the garden's lab, and admire plants that are in bloom throughout the year. Take time to appreciate this natural environment where plants and orchids flourish.

Classic Car Revival Tour

6. Classic Car Revival Tour

This classic car revival tour starts at your prefered pickup point. If it starts at your hotel in the hotel area of the city, you will be able to pass the Funchal’s Casino, then the President's House - Quinta Vigia. You will then be close by the Parque de Santa Catarina, which is a huge garden in the heart of Funchal. Then you will be able to pass through the main Avenue, close to the sea, to get to the Municipal Market where you can taste some of the best local and exotic fruits. After visiting the market you will go through the Old Town and the Barreirinha Viewpoint. You will also see the City Hall, the Court, the Saint Evangelist Church, Sé Cathedral, the Municipal Garden, and the Baltazar Teatre. This tour is highly customizable and so you can stop wherever you like.

Funchal Guided Tuk Tuk Tour and Quinta das Cruzes Museum

7. Funchal Guided Tuk Tuk Tour and Quinta das Cruzes Museum

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Funchal, and then explore the city's most historic areas by tuk tuk. Access some of the narrowest streets in the city to see more than would be possible on a tour by larger vehicle.  Travel back to the 16th century, when the island was colonized by the Portuguese, and pass the Market Place and cathedral in the Old Town. Venture down one of the city's most popular commercial streets as you make your way along Rua Dr. Ferrnão de Ornelas  Continue to the historical manor house of the Quinta das Cruzes to explore the former residence of the man who discovered Madeira, João Gonçalves Zarco. Admire the lush garden, full of exotic flowers and trees, and marvel at a rich collection of decorative arts, ceramics, jewelry and antiques from 16th to 19th centuries.


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What people are saying about Funchal

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 75 reviews

Was such a good experience! Fabio was an excellent tour guide and had a genuine love for the city. We booked the tour on the day we wanted to go so it was very short notice, we wasn’t sure if we was going to be picked up or not so we rang the company up. There was no answer but shortly after he returned the call, not many companies would do this after they received their money but Fabio being the owner did! Overall a fantastic experience.

If you want a laugh then visit the 3D art museum. It is absolutely amazing and with photos showing you where and how to pose, you get great photographs. The two young ladies there were helpful and took pictures so both of us could be in them. The photos will have us laughing for many years to come.

We enjoyed our trip to the botanical gardens and Monte Palace gardens. So glad we chose a private tour as our guide was very informative.

This excursion was superb. Our guide FERNANDO make it such a special trip. Highly recommended. Do not leave Maderia without doing this.

The guide explained everything very well, he told us stories of funchal. Recommended