Jesuit College of Funchal

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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.  

Funchal: Wine and Sugar Walking Tour

2. 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.

Funchal: Living Culture Tour

3. 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 Jesuit College of Funchal

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 651 reviews

We were brand new visitors to Madeira so wanted to learn a little bit about the background and history of Funchal. We were staying in Funchal and the tour covered the area that we had started to explore ourselves plus other areas we hadn't reached yet. Our guide was really knowledgeable and his English was impeccable, so we were able to easily understand everything he told us. As well as the history, he told us a bit about the local plant life and, traditional food and drinks of the Island which we then went on to try ourselves after the tour had finished. It was a really enjoyable couple of hours and we saw and learnt a lot without feeling overwhelmed with information or rushed from place to place. The fact that there were only 5 of us on the tour, all English, meant that we could easily hear everything he told us and we didn't need to listen to it in lots of different languages. It was a great tour for new visitors to a really lovely city.

There were only two of us on the tour and we had a particularly nice young German tour guide who was able to tell and show us a lot about the history and the city center. She was very responsive to our needs. Thanks very much!!!

Really enjoyed. Just enough walking and talking. Just enough facts to keep it interesting about,history,religion,food,drink,culture. Only 3 of us on tour.would recommend as an introduction to the city.

Very good guide, not too much and not too little information given.

Very knowledgeable and made it interesting with little known facts