Funchal is a beautiful and panoramic city with there are many attractive tourist sites. While in Funchal for a tour you can visit the following places:
This is the most famous feature of Funchal. This regal cathedral was built between 1493 and 1514 by Gil Eanes and it bears testimony to the rich heritage.Museum of Sacred Art
: Contains extensive collection of Flemish Paintings. You can see various rare historic pictures of Funchal.Vicentes photography museum
: which is the photographic museum of the city. The museum is named after Funchal’s first renowned photographer Vicente Gomes da Silva. Last but not the least is the Museum of Natural History
: Which has its own library and small aquarium, next to São Pedro church.Church of São Pedro:
This is one of the most famous and historic churches of Funchal which is famous for its beautiful tiled interiors and its vaulting arches and domes.
IBTAM Museum: The museum centre of the Madeiran Institute for embroidery, tapestry and handicrafts is a non-pompous and discreet look at the role and economy of three areas of handiwork still practised today in Madeira: that is, embroidery, tapestry, and handicraft work - especially wickerwork. The centrepiece of the museum is the collection of valuable 19th and early 20th century embroidered cloths and decorative pieces.
This square in unique in Funchal. Recently restored you can find here The City of Sugar Museum that serves as a retrospective on the history of Funchal guided along the central theme of sugar - the industry that helped shape the early vestiges of Funchal, and Madeira. Sissi Statue:
Another interesting chapter of madeirian past - the Austrians.Forte São Tiago:
At the eastern end of the promenade along the coast in the quarter Socorro lays the Forte S. Tiago. You can also walk through the Zona Velha, the old town with small and low houses, to reach the fort. The last years there are more and more craft shops, bars and restaurants along the mainstreet in Zona Velha.
The fort has nice small watchtowers and sentinel boxes from the 17th century.
The fort is open for the public and it's nice to have a look at the towers and courtyards.Colombo Statue:
Colombo's statue can be found at Santa Catarina park next to the chapel. Convent Santa Clara:
The Convento de Santa Clara or the monastery of Santa Clara is the oldest monastery of the island (1452). Old Town:
The old neighbourhood of Santa Maria is where the settlement of the island started more than five centuries ago, in the area today known as the Old Town. Its narrow streets are paved with cobblestones and lined with the ancient facades of the picturesque houses. Madeira Wine Museum:
These are the oldest Madeira Wine cellars adjacent to the old convent of the order of St. Francis. Here one can admire letters, documents, books, objects and machinery of the old times. There is also a video on the Madeira Wine History and, obviously an opportunity to taste and buy our fortified wines. Zarco Statue:
You'll find Joao Goncalves Zarco statue at Avenida Arriaga in front of Portugal Bank.City Market:
At the ground floor is a big fish hall, where they sell fresh fish. The fish comes directly from the ocean around Madeira island.Monte Church:
The church of Nossa Senhora do Monte is built in the 18th century at the place of a chapel from 1470. T Adegas s francisco:
Former monastery of St Francis - now a Wine Lodge owned by Blandy's.Contemporary art museum:
In the Forte de S. Tiago. São Pedro church: :
It is worth to have a look inside the Sao Pedro church. The walls have blue-white azulejo-tiles. The gilded candelabra are ornated with crystal garlands. Richly decorated and gilded are also the altars and the balcony. In the ornated niches you can see statues. There are so many ornaments and decorations to see, that it's difficult to absorb all. Town Hall Square:
The Praca de Municipio, like the pedestrian streets, also a nicily decorated pavement in black and white. The fountain at the square has an obelisk of black granite with a globe and cross at top. The three most important buildings at the square are the Camara Municipal (townhall), the Museu de Arte Sacra and the Colegio Church. Carmo church:
Built in the mid 18th century and subsequently altered, this church has some beautiful golden altar vessels imaginatively wrought in the styles of the 17th and 18th centuries. São João Batista Fort:
Located in the district of Sao Pedro some 111 metres above sea-level, the Pico Fort occupies an area of 2,750 square metres.Municipal Theatre:
Located on Avenida Arriaga, the Municipal Theatre Baltazar Dias has remarkable architectural balance despite the size of this building. It has large windows and a beautiful entrance with tiled floors and eleven arched doors.Frederico de Freitas museum:
This is an impressive exhibition of different collections including azulejo tiles, religious sculptures, old prints, cups, teapots, furniture and ceramic objects. São Lorenço Palace:
This palace has been much altered down the years. It has a crenulated castle tower on the east side, typical of the Manueline period, the first half of the 15th century. Its sculpted stones are also typical of this era. The three bulwarks facing north were built during king Philip's reign. Eletricity museum:
Did you know, that until 1950 the Island of Madeira had no electricity apart from the Greater Funchal area! There is a detailed overview of the process on the groundfloor of the Museum of Light. Upstairs is an exibition of the way we get our global energy supplies, an interactive playground and room for temporarely exibitions.
Madeira Botanic Garden: This is a must visit place if you are contemplating a tour to Funchal. The picturesque Madeira Botanic Garden which is locally known as Jardim Botanico has an amazing display of local flora. It is a beautifully landscaped and terraced garden which provides delightful and panoramic views.
Pico dos Barcelos: At 1,207 feet, this peak provides an excellent view over Funchal.
Quinta das Cruzes garden and mansion: The botanical of Quinta das Cruzes is wonderful. You can read the signs and see that the plants and trees come from all over the world, like the juniperus virginiana from Florida, the gigantic fern, feto arboreo from Australia, the strelitzia augusta from South Africa, a chorisia from Brasil and a palmtree from Java.
Magnolia Park: Quinta Magnólia Park, with tennis courts, squash courts and an olympic size swimming pool.The park itself has a large number of fully grown trees and many flowers. You have to find your way a bit, but you will hear a stream flowing by. If you follow the path next to the small stream you will have the opportunity to see lots of beautiful wilde flowers. You can walk along that stream until almost in the city centre.
Savage Islands: If you are nature buff you can also visit the Savage Islands or the Ilhas Selvagens which is an exotic natural reserve 160 km south of Funchal.
Porto Santo Islands: If you are into tropical beachs with long white sand, you can go on the ferry in Funchal port bay to Porto Santo Island, good wheater specially on Summer with very gentle locals. A peacefull place to visit while in Madeira.
Jardim Botanico: This beautiful garden has delighted visitors since 1960. It houses more than 2000 exotic plants from all continents. The garden also serves as a conservation centre, and many plants suffering the risk of extinction are being studied there.
Santa Catarina Park: South of the Avenida do Infante is the parque de Santa Catarina. In the park is the chapel (capela) of Santa Catarina, built in 1425 by the wife of Zarco and replaced in the 17th century. In the park is a lake with black swans, a playground for kids and cages with different kinds of birds.It's nice to walk around or sit down for a while in the park. The most striking of the park is the splendid view at the port and marina of Funchal.