The Best Things To Do in Funchal

One of the best ways to get the true essence of this God's Floating Garden is to indulge in some of the best things to do in Funchal, which include sightseeing opportunities like Jardins Do Palheiro, Madeira Botanical Gardens, S ent, Sao Lourenco Palace, Se Cathedral and Colegio Church. The city has many opportunities for outdoor activities and adventure sports like paragliding from the Madeira Mountains, sidecar and cable car tours, golf courses and birdwatching. Funchal there is a wide variety of shops selling everyday goods, as well as many souvenirs along with special items including Madeira folk art, such as embroidery, tapestry and wickerwork which are sold at some of the liveliest markets in the city, including the famous market, Mercado dos Lavradores.

The city of Funchal has been the capital of Madeira for the past 500 years, and with verdant mountains, colourful subtropical vegetation, a historic port and a vibrant culture are the things that keep the city alive, thriving and listed as one of the most sought after travel destinations in the world.

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Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Funchal, Portugal

Must see places in Funchal ranked on popularity. Here is the complete list of best attractions in Funchal and point of interests to visit.

  1. Monte Cable Car

    #1 of 349 Things To Do in Funchal
    Monte Cable Car

    Tags: View Point, Tourist Center, Adventure, Cable Car

    Address: East of Funchal, Portugal

    Timings: 09:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    Fly over winding streets and mazes of houses which look like tiny models on a living map. A gentle, silent ride exposing expanses of green, neat parks, ponds and lakes shimmering like mirrors are what...Read more

  2. Monte Palace Tropical Garden

    #2 of 349 Things To Do in Funchal
    Monte Palace Tropical Garden

    Tags: Garden, Palace, Tourist Center, Nature

    Address: Caminho do Monte, 174, 9050-288 Funchal

    Timings: 09:30 am - 03:30 pm Details

    Immerse yourself in the wonder of Nature in the green kingdom of plants and shrubs knitted tightly like a strand in a massive web of life. The scent of Azaleas and Orchids drift through the air, stirr...Read more

  3. Botanical Garden Madeira

    #3 of 349 Things To Do in Funchal
    Botanical Garden Madeira

    Tags: Outdoors, Botanical Garden

    Address: Centre of Funchal City, Funchal,Portugal

    Timings: 09:30 am - 06:00 pm Details

    Surround your senses in a riot of colours. Feel the warmth of the tropics, smell the sweet fragrance of unusual flowers in full bloom, feast your eyes on alluring birds, and touch the soft grass and t...Read more

  4. Cabo Girao

    #4 of 349 Things To Do in Funchal
    Cabo Girao

    Tags: Geological Formation, View Point, Nature

    Timings: 10:00 am - 07:00 pm Details

    Rags of cloud and mist clung to the cliff and as the sun erupted on the giant palisade, it shone with its sheer curtains of solid rock in which tiny bits of quartz winked like tiny gems in the sunligh...Read more

  5. Ponta De Sao Lourenco

    #5 of 349 Things To Do in Funchal
    Ponta De Sao Lourenco

    Tags: Outdoors, View Point, Nature

    Address: Eastern Madeira, Funchal, Portugal

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Look down into the depth of the dark ocean from a hostile yet amazing landscape and feel the air swirl and eddy like the waters below. Alongthe entire rocky terrain feel the contrast of the choppy sea...Read more

  6. Pico Do Arieiro

    #6 of 349 Things To Do in Funchal
    Pico Do Arieiro

    Address: 9030, Funchal, Portugal

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Sunset at Pico do Arieiro, one of Madeira island’s third highest peak, is a gateway to heaven. Passion will drive you up the levada pathway. Gaze down at the clouds which is like a fluffy white ...Read more

  7. Madeira Story Centre

    #7 of 349 Things To Do in Funchal
    Madeira Story Centre

    Tags: Museum, Tourist Center, Specialty Museum

    Address: Rua D Carlos 127-29 9060-051 Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

    Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    Try to see the artistic treasures of a city in a very short time, try absorbing the city through every pore and you will be left exhausted, physically and mentally drained. Instead step into the Madei...Read more

  8. Igreja De Nossa Senhora Do Monte

    #8 of 349 Things To Do in Funchal
    Igreja De Nossa Senhora Do Monte

    Tags: Religious Site, Cathedral

    Address: Monte, Funchal, Madeira 9050-208, Portugal

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    In 1565 the wealthy families in Funchal created the parish of Nossa Senhora do Monte. It was a summer refuge for the nuveau riche. They constructed cottages along the hills. The mild climate attracted...Read more

  9. Santa Catarina Park

    #9 of 349 Things To Do in Funchal
    Santa Catarina Park

    Tags: Outdoors, Sport, Park, Entertainment

    Address: Avenida Do Infante, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Sit under a tree or on the green verdant grass and look up at the swollen clouds lazily drifting across a perfect forget-me-not sky. Feel the sun shine while it pours over the exposed lake painting ma...Read more

  10. Mercado Dos Lavradores

    #10 of 349 Things To Do in Funchal
    Mercado Dos Lavradores

    Tags: Outdoors, Entertainment, Flea Market, Market

    Address: Largo dos Lavradores, Funchal, Madeira 9060 158, Portugal

    Timings: 07:00 am - 08:00 pm Details

    The hustle and bustle of people hollering out their special deals, customers haggling over prices, people gossiping in huddles, cacophony of sounds, all mixed like a perfect blended cocktail for the s...Read more

  11. Cathedral Se Funchal

    #11 of 349 Things To Do in Funchal
    Cathedral Se Funchal

    Tags: Religious Site, Architecture , Cathedral

    Address: Rua do Aljube 13, 9000-067 Funchal, Portugal

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    In 1490s, Manuel I sent his architect to work on the design of the cathedral of Funchal.The church was built in Gothic style to appeal to the most powerful emotion whether springing from faith or from...Read more

  12. Santa Clare Monastery

    #12 of 349 Things To Do in Funchal
    Santa Clare Monastery

    Tags: Religious Site, Outdoors, Historical Site, Monastery

    Address: Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    The monastery was built with a clear vision. A vision of the raw mixture of pain, sweat, prayer, learning, reflecting, editing and dreaming. The constant turmoil begins to subside as you start to medi...Read more

  13. Sacred Art Museum

    #13 of 349 Things To Do in Funchal
    Sacred Art Museum

    Tags: Art Gallery, Exhibition , Specialty Museum

    Address: Museu de Arte Sacra do Funchal, Rua do Bispo 21, 9000-073 Funchal

    Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    Enter an era where artists portrayed robust, realistic and detailed perceptions of the world around him. Artistic vision either captured emotions from human subjects giving them perspective and propor...Read more

  14. Ireja De Sao Pedro

    #14 of 349 Things To Do in Funchal
    Ireja De Sao Pedro

    Tags: Religious Site, Outdoors, Historical Site, Cathedral

    Address: Rua de Sao Pedro, 1, Funchal, Madeira 9000-098, Portugal

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Get away from the hustle and bustle of busy life and step into a calm and serene church. Find solace from the beauty of the architecture. It is surrounded by an air of calm, very peaceful to sit and c...Read more

  15. Laurisilva Of Madeira

    #15 of 349 Things To Do in Funchal
    Laurisilva Of Madeira

    Tags: Forest, Unesco Site

    Address: 9240, Portugal

    This forest, is one of the most rich basin of flora and fauna. Making it easily to the UNESCO list, this area has now been titled as a World Heritage Site. It is a subtropical forest with high humidit...Read more

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  • Igreja do Recolhimento do Bom Jesus

    Rua Bom Jesus, 14-1ºDto

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • Acd Igreja Velha

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • Portão dos Varadouros

    Historic and Protected Sites
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  • Museu Diocesano de Arte Sacra

    Rua do Bispo, 21

  • Madeira Story Centre

    Rua Dom Carlos I 27-29

  • Casa-museu Frederico de Freitas

    Calçada de Santa Clara 7

  • Museu da Quinta das Cruzes

    Calçada do Pico 1

  • Museu de Electricidade

  • Museu CR7

    Rua da Penha de França, 2

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  • Palheiro Gardens

    Caminho da Quinta do Palheiro Ferreiro

    Amusement Parks Restaurants
  • Madeira Magic

    Rua Ponta da Cruz, 25

    Amusement Parks
  • Jardim Orquídea

    Amusement Parks
  • Parque Temático da Madeira

    Estrada Regional 101

    Amusement Parks
  • Aquaparque de Santa Cruz

    Ribeira da Boaventura

    Amusement Parks
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  • Vespas

    Avenida Francisco Sá Carneiro, 60

    Bars Night Clubs
  • Café do Museu

    Praça do Município

    Restaurants Bars Cafes, Coffee and Tea Houses
  • Hole in One

    Estrada Monumental 238 A

    Bars Restaurants
  • Café do Teatro

    Avenida Arriaga

    Bars Cafes, Coffee and Tea Houses Restaurants
  • Pub Number Two

    Rua Favilla 2

  • Restaurante - Pub White House

    Funchal São Martinho Rua

    Restaurants Bars
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  • Casino da Madeira

    Avenida do Infante

    Casinos and Gaming
  • Pestana Casino Park

    Rua Imperatriz Dona Amélia

    Casinos and Gaming
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  • Grutas São Vicente S.A.

    Sítio do Pé do Passo

    Natural Parks
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  • Gavinas

    Estrada Monumental

  • Praia Formosa

    Estrada Monumental

  • Praia da Ponta Gorda

    Praia da Ponta Gorda

  • Praia dos Namorados

  • Praia da Calheta

    Avenida D. Manuel I, Calheta, Madeira

  • Praia de Machico

    Eastern end of Machico, off of Rua do Leiria, Machico, Madeira

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  • Caminho do Pináculo e Folhadal

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  • Madeira Pesca - Equipamentos Marítimos

    Travessa João Ribeiro 19

    Hunting and Fishing
  • Turimar

    Avenida Mar C Madeirenses Ed Marina

    Hunting and Fishing
  • Fish Madeira - Pesca Desportiva

    Caminho Virtudes

    Hunting and Fishing
  • Fish Madeira

    Travessa das Virtudes, 23

    Hunting and Fishing
  • Gavina Boat Trips Unipessoal Lda, M

    Avenida Mar e Comunidades Madeirenses

    Hunting and Fishing
  • LivreMar - Freed'em

    Marina Funchal, Pontoon C, Slip 13

    Hunting and Fishing
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  • Estádio dos Barreiros

    Rua Doutor Pita

    Stadiums and Arenas
  • Campo de Jogos da Estrada do Laranjal no Funchal

    Estrada do Laranjal

    Stadiums and Arenas
  • Polidesportivo da Estrada da Corujeira no Funchal

    Estrada da Corujeira

    Stadiums and Arenas
  • Kartódromo do Faial em Santana

    Zona Balnear da Foz da Ribeira de Faial

    Stadiums and Arenas
  • Complexo Desportivo Bráulio França

    Stadiums and Arenas
  • Polidesportivo de Ribeira Brava

    Stadiums and Arenas
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