Funchal
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Our most recommended Funchal Seasonal & Holiday Activities

Funchal: Private Sunset Swing Trip with Wine and Fruits

1. Funchal: Private Sunset Swing Trip with Wine and Fruits

Watch the sunset on a rustic swing overlooking the sea on this private trip from your accommodation in Funchal or Caniço. Enjoy wine and fruits and swing as the sounds of nature dim and the sun touches the ocean in shades of orange. After pickup, leave directly to a secret spot with a fantastic view of the sunset. With a glass of white or rosé wine in one hand and fresh fruit in another, take in the surrounding scenery as the sun sets in front of you.

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Funchal: Christmas Lights Sightseeing Night Tour

2. Funchal: Christmas Lights Sightseeing Night Tour

On this night tour, after pickup at your hotel or accomodation in Funchal, you head dowtown to the main avenue near the sea. Passing through the old town, city hall, main cathedral, city court, farmers market, municipal garden, central square, and the hotel area, you can enjoy the beautiful way the streets and buildings are decorated for the holiday season. After the tour it is possible to drop you off back at your hotel or in the city center. This tour takes about 1h30 and in some spots it is possible to stop to take pictures. This tour will take place in a VW Beetle cabriolet with the top down or in a VW bus/kombi.

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Desertas Islands Full-Day Catamaran Trip from Funchal

3. Desertas Islands Full-Day Catamaran Trip from Funchal

On this full-day catamaran trip to the Desertas Islands you’ll sail along the south coast of Madeira Island. On arrival you’ll disembark in clear waters onto a beach of volcanic origin, where you’ll have a chance to enjoy a swim. Covering an area of 12,586 hectares the Natural Reserve of the Desertas Islands comprises all islands and islets (Ilhéu Chão, Deserta Grande, Bugio, and adjacent islets) and all of the surrounding marine area. It has been designated a nature reserve for over 25 years, and is now internationally known for its monk seal conservation efforts. Today this protected area can be visited by sea. Deserta Grande is the only island where visitors can disembark, and you’ll enjoy a guided walk to the conservation center to learn about the monk seal protection efforts and also about endemic flora and fauna.

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Madeira: Funchal Sunset Tour by Catamaran

4. Madeira: Funchal Sunset Tour by Catamaran

Experience the changing colors of the sunset and reflections on the water from a unique perspective as you take a 3-hour catamaran cruise off the coast of Madeira from Funchal. Meet at the Marina do Funchal to climb aboard the catamaran and cruise along the south coast of Madeira. A qualified crew will provide detailed information in English and Portuguese about the cetaceans you may spot, as well as other technical and historic information to ensure a complete and unique experience. If there are no sightings of dolphins or whales, you will be offered a 2nd trip entirely free. Put on a wind-shield and warm clothes (recommended), and experience the sunset trip and peaceful melody of the ocean from a new perspective.

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Madeira: South Tour and Sunset Trip from Funchal or Caniço

5. Madeira: South Tour and Sunset Trip from Funchal or Caniço

Embark on an unforgettable sunset trip to the south coast of Madeira starting with pickup at your accommodation in Funchal or Caniço. Stop at Ponta do Sol, Calheta, Jardim do Mar, and more. End with a mesmerizing sunset and time for dinner.  Start your discovery of the south coast of the island towards Ponta do Sol, where you’ll make your first stop. Then, head towards Calheta, famous for its sandy beach.  Stop at Jardim do Mar next and fall in love with the typical streets of this rustic village. Continue to Paúl do Mar and then to Ponta do Pargo.  Once in Ponta do Pargo, enjoy time for dinner (costs not included) and then have the opportunity to be dazzled by the best Atlantic sunset.

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Funchal: New Year's Eve Fireworks by Catamaran

6. Funchal: New Year's Eve Fireworks by Catamaran

Beat the crowds and spend your New Year's Eve in style on a luxury catamaran in the Atlantic Ocean. Be dazzled by a world-renowned pyrotechnics fireworks display igniting the skies of Funchal.  Spend 4 hours soaking up the exciting atmosphere while relaxing aboard and experiencing first class hospitality. Delight in fresh canapes, tasty tapas, seasonal fruits, and chocolates. Celebrate with a glass of Moet Champagne and enjoy an open bar with a wide variety of drinks including wine, beer, and champagne.  Create memories at this annual extravaganza and have an experience you won't forget. Ring in the New Year with a breathtaking fireworks show at sea.

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What people are saying about Funchal

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 3 reviews

We throughly enjoyed our night tour of the Christmas lights around Funchal and got to see places that we would have never walked to, and our driver pointed out places of interest, the car a VW beetle open top was great such a fantastic experience,could recommend to any one wanting to do a night tour of the lights.

Great way to see the Christmas lights, especially if you are limited in how far you can walk. Lovely gentle drive through the city in an open top VW. Great driver and very professional. Well worth doing.

The lights are beautiful and we would never have seen so many by foot. Wilson was a super guide and made sure we saw the best of them. A perfect thing to do in our last night in Madeira.

Great way to see all the lights our driver also pointed out places of interest on the drive around thoroughly enjoyed it

Fab experience in an open top Beetle - tout guide was brilliant and it was very reasonably priced