Funchal
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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: Monte Tropical Garden Tuk-Tuk Tour

3. Funchal: Monte Tropical Garden Tuk-Tuk Tour

Feel the thrill of riding by Tuk Tuk around the stunning Monte Tropical Garden. Begin in Funchal city and head towards the mountains. Arrive in Monte Palace Madeira and enjoy a cup of coffee. Explore over 70,000 square meters of exotic plants and breathe in the beautiful ambience of the garden. Uncover one of the most exciting and wonderful places Madeira has to offer. Begin the trip in the Old Town in Funchal city, a main tourist attraction full of fun stories and curious facts. Venture to the mountains up to Monte city. Feel mesmerized by the lovely plants, and visit one of the most popular churches on the island, Monte's church. Learn of the day of Lady of Monte, the most attended feast on Madeira Island all year. Take your time at the Monte Palace Madeira, adored for its facinating and immense garden. Take photos, relax, enjoy some coffee, and prepare to get lost in the nature of the garden grounds. Visit the central lake and marvel at local swans, ducks, peacocks, and chickens. Enter the Monte Palace Madeira Museum and explore the three floors filled with sculptures, history, and a unique mineral collection. End the tour at a legendary charm of the island, the famous Monte Toboggan. Enjoy the thrilling ride down the hill, the way the locals used to.

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

4. 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.

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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.

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Funchal: Sitway Old Town Tour

6. Funchal: Sitway Old Town Tour

Embark on a fun and unique tour experience as you explore Funchal on a sitway. See more of the city’s famous locations in less time, enjoy entertaining commentary from your local guide, and learn a new skill by riding a seated segway. Meet your guide, receive your helmet, and get an instructional session on how to use the sitway. You’ll ride on the sidewalks, bike lanes, and through many of the popular streets of the city's Old Town. As the largest city of Madeira, and the sixth largest in all of Portugal, Funchal has been the capital of the island, as well as the hometown of the famous footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Madeira: Funchal Baskets Tuk-Tuk Express Tour

7. 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.

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Funchal: Private Tour with a Local Guide

8. Funchal: Private Tour with a Local Guide

Explore Funchal with a friendly local who is passionate about the city and eager to share all the information that will help you make the most of your trip. Get to know Funchal through the eyes of a local guide on a 2 to 6-hour private tour. Meet your guide at your accommodation and head out on the tour to get familiar with the neighborhood. Learn about the best places to eat and buy groceries, the easiest ways to get around, and the top things to see and do. By the end of the tour, you'll feel more comfortable navigating the city and confident that you have all the information needed to make the most of your stay.

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Funchal: Private Guided Walking Tour

9. Funchal: Private Guided Walking Tour

Begin your private walking tour in the Mercado dos Lavradores. Learn how the history of Madeira and Funchal shaped the city center as you visit the most important points of interest. Visit the main farmer's market to discover regional products. Explore the city’s medieval heart dating from the Golden Age of Sugar and discover the beautiful 17th-century religious monuments. Continue through the Old Town, passing the Sea Avenue and visiting the City Door, once the main gate from the Sea to the Madeiran capital. Next, stop at the famous Funchal Cathedral, visit the interior of the Church, and marvel at its amazing roof and gold carving. Make your way along Avenue Arriaga to see the Palace of São Lourenço and the Marina of Funchal. End the tour in Catarina City Park.

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Funchal: Living Culture Tour

10. Funchal: Living Culture Tour

Discover the city of Funchal on the island of Madeira on a staged tour performed by young local actors. At the Jesuits College in Funchal, watch as a Jesuit priest shows us his pupils' school. Following the scent of the sugar cane honey cake, meet with one of the nuns from Santa Clara's convent who invented the Madeiran dessert. The sweets need sugar and its biggest producer was João Esmeraldo, a good friend of Columbus. Learn about privateers like Bertrand de Montluc, who gained their fame through treasures coming from the sugar trade. To defend Funchal, the master Mateus Fernandes reinforced the city walls, from the Customs House to the fortress of São Lourenço. Madeira wine is shipped all over the world from cellars on the west side of Funchal. Listen as two winemakers enjoy a moment of rest in the beautiful Municipal Garden. Madeira is a nature lovers´ paradise and its climate helps curing lung diseases and attracts tourists. After the tour, return to the Jesuits College, which — surprise — will have turned to a military school and then to an university.

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What people are saying about Funchal

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 409 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.