Funchal
Churches & Cathedrals

Enter your dates to find available activities

Our most recommended Funchal Churches & Cathedrals

Funchal: Old Town Walking Tour

1. 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.  

...
Madeira: 6-Hour Customized Experience

2. Madeira: 6-Hour Customized Experience

On this six-hour tour you can tailor an itinerary with the help of your local guide/driver. You can choose the different areas you want to visit. The City of Funchal, the Fishing Village of Câmara de Lobos, the west sea cliffs of Cabo Girão, the unique Fajã dos Padres, the hill side village of Monte, the east coast cliffs of Garajau, the Botanical Garden, or even the breathtaking mountain views of Nuns Valley are all possible options for your tour itinerary. You can choose to visit Funchal city, learn about its history, and see some of its iconic landmarks, like the Sé Cathedral. If you'd like to go up into the mountains, Nuns Valley might be an excellent choice to visit on this tour. Another alternative is to explore the west coast, with a ride to the fishing village of Câmara de Lobos. You could also head up into the hills to the top of Cabo Girão cliff where, at its highest point,  a glass sky-walk provides you with some breathtaking views over the south east coast and beach below. Close to Cabo Girão is Fajã do Padres, a sea side area in Madeira with no road or walking access. The only two ways to get there are by cable car ride or by boat. On the way up to Cabo Girão and Fajã dos Padres you will be able to admire an ever-changing landscape along the winding roads that fallow the natural shape of the hills. On the return trip to Funchal from the west coast you might choose to stop at the natural swimming pools of Doca do Cavacas. Travel on to Garajau, set at the east end of the bay of Funchal. You will be offered a spectacular view of the Christ the Redeemer statue - older than the one in Brazil - whilst marveling at the crystal-clear waters on the beach below. You also have the option to visit the Botanical Garden. Whatever your choice of itinerary, your guide will be there to help you at every moment.

...
Madeira: 3-Hour Monte Sightseeing Tour & Toboggan Sled Ride

3. Madeira: 3-Hour Monte Sightseeing Tour & Toboggan Sled Ride

Take a tour beyond the extraordinary with the Monte Toboggans Sled. Visitors from all over the world use this transport seeking a ride full of emotions and adrenaline. Embark on an unforgettable adventure ride with splendid views over the city. Begin the tour with a walk around the parish of Monte in the hills of Funchal. Visit the Largo da Fonte, a stunning square with its beautiful gardens from where you'll see the old train station. Learn about the history of the iconic sled that was used as a traditional form of public transportation by local residents in the 19th century. Continue the walking tour to see the beautiful church of Monte where the tomb of the last Austro-Hungarian emperor is located. In the end, it's time to take a fun downhill ride with the Toboggan sled to Funchal city.

...
Funchal: Explore the City Sights on a Tuk-Tuk

4. Funchal: Explore the City Sights on a Tuk-Tuk

See Funchal's top sites on a guided tuk-tuk tour. Cruise through the Old Town and the new Lido district. View sights like Pico´s Fortress, the Fort of São Tiago, and Funchal Cathedral. Be picked up from your accommodation in Funchal and take in the scenery as you drive up to to the hilltop where Pico´s Fortress is perched. Admire this fortress which once protected the city from pirates and French corsairs. Continue to Quinta Vigia, the bright pink mansion where the island's president resides. Ride to Funchal Cathedral to appreciate its sumptuous Manueline Gothic features.  Stop at the Farmer’s Market where you can peruse the fresh local produce. 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.

...
Funchal: City Highlights by Tuk-Tuk

5. 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.

...
From Funchal: Best of Madeira Tour

6. From Funchal: Best of Madeira Tour

Depart Funchal and head towards the mountainous interior of Madeira on a private full-day tour of the Curral das Freiras. Make your way to the Pico dos Barcelos viewpoint for panoramic views from 355 meters above sea level. Continue to an altitude of 1,095 meters at the Eira do Serrado viewpoint of the Câmara de Lobos. Sample a traditional chestnut cake and some sweet ginja (sour cherry) liqueur in the village, before driving back towards Funchal. Climb up to the settlement of Monte and get the chance to visit the beautiful church and go for a ride on one of the toboggan runs.

...
Funchal: Historical Walking Tour

7. Funchal: Historical Walking Tour

Explore historic Funchal on a 2-hour guided walking tour. Begin at the walls of the city and learn about the attack on Funchal by the French army in 1566. Enter the English Church and hear about the foreign community that inhabited Madeira for over 5 centuries. Take in Funchal from the Cruzes viewpoint and see the area where João Gonçalves Zarco, the founder of Madeira, used to live. Learn why the nuns of Santa Clara were a tourist attraction some 200 years ago and where the foreign princes used to enjoy the island’s best queijadas. Visit some of the most notable churches in Funchal and hear about the individuals that sponsored their construction.

...
Funchal: Wine and Sugar Walking Tour

8. Funchal: Wine and Sugar Walking Tour

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.

...
Classic Car Revival Tour

9. 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.

...
Madeira: Funchal Baskets Tuk-Tuk Express Tour

10. Madeira: Funchal Baskets Tuk-Tuk Express Tour

Enjoy this adventurous tour of Monte Village and Funchal with an exhilarating toboggan ride at the end. Admire beautifully decorated streets and visit the Church of Our Lady of the Mount. Starting at the Old Town, see the “painted doors” throughout the streets of Santa Maria, where numerous doors were painted by different artists giving this street a unique glow. Also, admire the picturesque details of cobblestone floors and the façades of the old houses on Rue de Santa Maria. Next, continue towards Monte and visit the Church of Our Lady of the Mount. The structure that is visible today for all its visitors was completed back in 1818 and is one of the most sought sites by churchgoers and tourists in general. After visiting Monte, dare to ride some toboggans, or more commonly known as “Carreiros do Monte." Toboggan riding was traditionally a means of transportation by locals who wanted to travel quickly from Monte´s village to Funchal. This adventurous and old-fashioned transportation appeared around the 1850s and is still in use today.

...

Other Sightseeing Options in Funchal

Want to discover all there is to do in Funchal? Click here for a full list.

What people are saying about Funchal

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 459 reviews

Enjoyable walk around town learning about the history of Funchal. Our guide was excellent and really knew his history. Went out of his way to make our walking tour enjoyable. Pointed out the photography museum which I visited the next day.

We had a great and informative tour of the old town of Funchal. Amelie told us a lot about the history of Funchal and Madeira in a very sympathetic and cheerful way. We had a lot of fun and learned a lot. Highly Recommended!

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.

Our guide Amelie explained all the essentials very well and all questions were answered perfectly. This tour gives a very nice overview of Funchal. We recommend!

Very informative and compact. Thanks again to Amelie.