Funchal travel guide

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You're Going to Love Funchal

The beautiful capital of the Portuguese island of Madeira, Funchal offers vibrant markets, tranquil gardens, easy access to the island's dramatic interior, historic sights and much, much more. It's a little mid-Atlantic miracle.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Funchal

1. A Wealth of Historic Architecture

Madeira grew rich on sugar, wine and shipping, and it has splendid architecture to prove it. Highlights include the São Lourenço Palace and the 16th century Sé Cathedral, but the whole town is beautiful.

2. Enjoy Some Madeira Wine

A delicious fortified wine, Madeira is the perfect way to round off a vacation meal. Try it at leading wine bars like Blandy's or Beef and Wines.

3. It's a Great Place for Active Vacations

With plenty of nearby golf courses, the chance to paraglide over the valleys, canoe hire from the harbor and mountain biking trails across the island, Madeira is a wonderful destination for energetic travelers.

4. Excellent Art Galleries

Funchal may not be Paris or Venice, but galleries like the Museu de Arte Contemporânea and the Museu de Arte Sacra hold magnificent collections that were acquired by the island's sugar and wine families.

5. Stunning Beaches Not Far Away

Barreirinha, with its saltwater pool, city beaches like Ponta Gorda - with safe swimming for kids - and more distant resorts like Porto Santo make Funchal a fine beach destination.

Where to Eat in Funchal

If you want great food to accompany your fortified wine, Funchal delivers. Fantastic local eateries include the pan-European specialists Restaurante Mozart, Portuguese seafood masters O Tasco and Il Gallo d'Oro, the only Michelin-starred restaurant on the island. Prices vary, but meals should come to about EUR20.

When to visit Funchal

Funchal in December
Estimated hotel price
$63
1 night at 3-star hotel
Funchal in December
Estimated hotel price
$63
1 night at 3-star hotel

Most tourists arrive during Funchal's summer season between late June and late September. However, don't discount spring, when the Flower Festival shows off the island's famous, and dazzling, blooms.

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How to Get to Funchal

Plane

Funchal Airport has plenty of connections to European airports. From there, take the Aerobus (EUR5, 30 minutes).

Car

If you are picking up a vehicle at the airport, take the VR-1 highway and then the ER103. It should take around 20-30 minutes.

Bus

Aerobuses run from Funchal Airport, and routes across the island are provided by Rodoeste and SAM.

Airports near Funchal

Airlines serving Funchal

United Airlines
Good (69,475 reviews)
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KLM
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Delta
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British Airways
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Turkish Airlines
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SWISS
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Iberia
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Qatar Airways
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Austrian Airlines
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Air Canada
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Emirates
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Ryanair
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Scandinavian Airlines
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TAP AIR PORTUGAL
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Finnair
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LOT
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easyJet
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Eurowings
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Norwegian
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Where to stay in Funchal

Exceptional accommodation options in the city include the Royal Savoy Hotel Madeira, the seafront Vidamar Resort Hotel and the tucked-away Quinta da Bela Vista.

Popular neighbourhoods in Funchal

Zona Velha - The 600 year-old heart of the city, Zona Velha is where you'll find the Cathedral and major attractions like the Museum of Sacred Art.

São Martinho - Occupying most of western Funchal, São Martinho has some gorgeous gardens as well as an extraordinary cemetery that is full of Art Nouveau concoctions.

São Roque - A hillside neighborhood with it's own distinct feel, São Roque has some great eateries, like Restaurante Miradouro, which offers fabulous views of the harbor below.

Where to stay in popular areas of Funchal

Most booked hotels in Funchal

Royal Savoy - Ocean Resort - Savoy Signature
Excellent (9, Excellent reviews)
$426+
Tui Blue Gardens - Adults-Only - Savoy Signature
Excellent (8.8, Excellent reviews)
$251+
Pestana Carlton Madeira
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
$203+
Pestana Casino Park
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
$192+
Muthu Raga Madeira Hotel
Good (7.7, Good reviews)
$102+
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How to Get Around Funchal

Public Transportation

Buses run to all of Funchal's suburbs. To ride them, you'll need to purchase a rechargeable Giro card for EUR2.20. After that, single tickets cost EUR1.50.

Taxi

If you need a taxi in Funchal, expect to pay around EUR2.70 for the meter drop, then EUR2 per mile after that.

Car

Car rental options in Funchal include Europcar, Rodavante and Hertz, and daily rates can be as low as EUR10.

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The Cost of Living in Funchal

Shopping Streets

The best place to shop is the Mercado Dos Lavradores (particularly for flowers). You can buy fine wines at Blandy's Wine Lodge, while the Dolce Vita shopping mall offers a wide range of international brands.

Groceries and Other

Supermarkets in Funchal include Pingo Doce and Continente, where you can expect to spend around EUR2.30 on 12 eggs.

Cheap meal
$12.36
A pair of jeans
$134.61
Single public transport ticket
$3.49
Cappuccino
$1.93