Welcome to the Funchal cruise port guide. The small city of 110.000 inhabitants is the capital city of the beautiful island of Madeira. This destination was even recently chosen as one of the best islands in the world by Tripadvisor. This is a title is holds up to. It is a little bit of Portuguese paradise in the middle of the Atlantic ocean. Madeira is known for a lot of things, the travel guides will tell you it is the island of flowers, but it is so much more than that. The unique and rare thing about this destination is that the landscapes are changing every 5 minutes. It is unbelievable what climates and scenery one tiny island like this can hold. In Madeira you’ll find the luxurious mountain slopes, rain forest and treeless moorland all side by side in just a few minutes drive. That makes it a gem to explore and we think this is without doubt something you should take advantage of. The capital is Funchal where the ship is going to dock. Funchal is the perfect spot for a day where you can enjoy the beautiful flower gardens and local traditions. It has everything you could ask for in a destination. Make sure that if you cruising this part of the world Funchal is on your itinerary.
This is the street that marks the old town, although the reason you want to visit this street is because of the very unique collection of doors that they have here. See one example in the picture, but find many more in the Rua de Santa Maria.
If you are interested in history and culture than this is the mandatory stop in Funchal. This museum will tell you all you want to know about the vulcanic eruptions, indigenous plants, the famous explorers and much more.
This is the best street of Funchal. This street really gives a feel for the unique style of Funchal and there is always something to do here. Every event, ever market will take place here on this street and therefore it is one not to be missed.
This colorfull fishing villages lies 10 km from Funchal. If you want to enjoy the beautiful landscapes and visit a unique little bay that displays local life this is the place to go to. Reach it by taxi, hop on hop off bus or local transportation.
This is one of the oldest remaining structures of the island. This Gothic cathedral was build in the 15th century. It is still the eye catcher of the city centre. The inside is adorned with a silver processional cross and a cedar wood Mudéjar design.
This is without doubt the highlight of Funchal. If you take the cable car up, why not take the basket down. These gentleman in traditional clothing make sure you’ll have the thrill of a life time. Pay cash or by card.
This is the 2nd highest sea cliff in the world at 570 meter. At the sight they have created a viewing platform with partially glass floor. It is a unique sight to take gorgeous pictures.
This is one of the most historic hotels siting on the steep slopes of the island close to Funchal. The hotel was made famous by many prominent names like Winston Churchill and princes Sissi that all stayed at this estate. This hotel serves its afternoon tea here every day from 3 to 5.30 pm. Reservations are recommended. Make reservations through this link: http://www.belmond.com/reids-palace-madeira/tea_terrace
The old workers market is the perfect sight to visit to get acquinted with the local fruit and vegetables. This market is open from Monday to Friday and Saturday’s just int he morning.
The official taxis are yellow with a blue stripe and they do have meter. There are some fixed prices that they established for themselves. Find the taxi prices in the port information.
At the top of the cable car you will find the Monte Palace Gardens. Koi fish, orchids, ceramic art work and mesmarizing views in abundance. This is a garden not to be missed.
The cable car is the way to get higher up and visit the town of Monte. It is a spectacular ride that will take you to 560 meter altitude within minutes. Take it one way and perhaps take the basket ride down.
The cable car from Funchal goes up to Monte. This is a tiny village on top of the hill at about 700 meter above sea level. You’ll find the Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Monte, Jardim Tropical, Quinta do Monte and Largo da Fonte here.
19 km from Madeira at an altitude of 633 meter you will find the hidden village of Curral da Freiras. The name Nun’s valley comes from the nuns who escaped Funchal through a secret, narrow footpath into the valley where they hid from the French pirates who invaded Madeira. The only road going to the village was made in 1959. It twists and turns through the valley and the scenery is amazing.
There a lot of hikes on the island. Most of them are on the Levada’s. These are irrigation ditches created by the slaves in the 15th and 16th century. It was created to get the water from the wet to the dry areas. Today these Levadas have become hiking paths. You need to plan a hike like this ahead and it is wise to contact the local tourism information for the latest updates on them.