What to Visit in Funchal on your Holidays

Wednesday 11 August 2021 | Travel and Leisure

Are you thinking about visiting Funchal, but don't know what to visit in Funchal?! In this article, we present some places you should visit during your visit to Funchal.

The city of Funchal is the largest city on the island of Madeira, being the capital, with an area of ​​76,25 km², with an average temperature of 23 °C and around 100 people.

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What to Visit in Funchal on your Holidays?

The city of Funchal is full of points of interest that you can visit and get to know the culture, relax, or simply discover different things.

Here is a list of some points not to be missed on your visit:

Arriaga Avenue

One of our first suggestions is Avenida Arriaga, it is one of the central, most important and historic arteries of the city.

Arriaga Avenue, Funchal.

Avenue of the Sea
It is an avenue by the sea, parallel to Avenida Arriaga but with a larger dimension (with 1300 meters), which extends from Rotunda Sá Carneiro to Jardim do Almirante Reis.

Farmers Market
In this market, many locals and visitors visit it to buy the wide variety of regional, tropical and international products. It is one of the historic buildings in the city of Funchal.

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Farmers Market

Be Catedral do Funchal
It is the main religious temple in the city of Funchal. It has several centuries of history and its construction dates back to the XNUMXth century.

church of the cathedral

"The Old Blandy Wine Lodges” or San Francisco Wineries
These wineries are one of the oldest in the region, from the XNUMXth and XNUMXth centuries, and are also a museum about Madeiran winemaking in the center of Funchal. You can find several pieces, documents, paintings and machinery about wine and its production. If you are interested, you can do wine tasting.

“The Old Blandy Wine Lodges”

São Lourenço Palace
It is a palace and fortress located in the city center, being an excellent example of civil and military architecture throughout the Madeira region. Nowadays, it is the official residence of the Representative of the Republic in Madeira.

São Lourenço Palace

Town Hall Square
Praça do Município or Largo do Município is a large square located in the city center. In this square, we have the Town Hall, the Jesuit College Church and the Museum of Sacred Art. In the center of the square you can find an obelisk decorated with the city's coat of arms and Portuguese national symbols.

Pico dos Barcelos
This is one of the peaks with a panoramic view over the city of Funchal, you can have an unobstructed view of Porto and still be able to see the Desertas islands in the background.

Pico dos Barcelos

"Old Zone"
It is the first area of ​​Funchal that began to be populated when the island was discovered. In this area, you will find very narrow streets with a cobblestone pavement.

"Old Zone"

Santa Maria street
In the Old Town (mentioned above) you can find Santa Maria street, which is one of the oldest streets in the city. As you stroll along the street, you will find the street decorated with various works of art that delight tourists and locals alike.

Funchal-Monte cable car
The cable car connects the old town to Monte. The trip takes 15 minutes, with a panoramic view over the city of Funchal. It's really a different way to see the city.

Funchal Cable Car

Church of Our Lady of Monte
It is the main Church of Monte, being built in the century. XVIII, with an XNUMXth and XNUMXth century architecture. On the left side of the church, you will find a chapel where Charles de Habsbourg, last emperor of Austria, is buried.

Monte Palace Tropical Garden
The Monte Palace Tropical Garden is a 70.000m² garden with a wide variety of exotic plants from different parts of the world, and you can still find several birds, such as swans and ducks, around the enclosure.

You can also find the Monte Palace Madeira Museum with sculptures and minerals from all over the world.

Monte Palace Tropical Garden

Madeira Botanical Garden
It is a botanical garden with different botanical species from different parts of the world. It also has exotic birds and indigenous birds from the region.

Madeira Botanical Garden

These are some places you can visit in the city of Funchal. Some of them you can get around on foot, but others you may need transport.

Choose the best hotel for your stay in Funchal?

Now that you know some of the places to visit in Funchal, the Vila Baleira Funchal is the perfect hotel for your stay in the city. It is located in the Lido area, just a short walk from the city centre.

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