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Welcome to Funchal

The capital of what’s regularly voted Europe’s top island destination, Funchal melds colonial architecture with cutting-edge cuisine and diverse green spaces. But as well as being a city worthy of thorough exploration, Funchal also serves as the gateway to some of Madeira’s top attractions, including the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Queimadas Forest Park, replete with jewel-green lagoons and waterfalls; the famous coastal viewpoint of Pico do Arieiro; and the Valley of the Nuns (Curral das Freiras), ensconced by seemingly impenetrable mountains.

Top 8 attractions in Funchal

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Madeira Botanical Gardens

Madeira Botanical Gardens

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One of Madeira’s loveliest green spaces, the island’s Botanical Gardens (Jardins Botânicos da Madeira) debuted in 1960. Stretching across 20 acres (9 hectares) and home to more than 2,000 species of exotic plants, the oasis is best known for its colorful geometric flower beds and carefully groomed topiary gardens.More
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Church of Our Lady of Monte (Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Monte)

Church of Our Lady of Monte (Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Monte)

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Dating back to 1741, the Church of Our Lady of Monte (Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Monte is the most important pilgrimage site on the island of Madeira. Notable relics inside the church include the tomb of Charles I of Hapsburg, an Austrian emperor exiled to Madeira, and a silver sculpture of the Virgin Mary.More
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Sé Cathedral of Funchal

Sé Cathedral of Funchal

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The Sé Cathedral of Funchal (Sé Catedral do Funchal, also known as the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, is Madeira’s key religious landmark. Built in the late 15th century, the cathedral is one of the island’s longest-standing buildings, and features classically Madeiran design elements, including volcanic rocks.More
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Santa Maria de Colombo

Santa Maria de Colombo

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When Columbus set sail for the New World in 1492, he did so on the Niña, the Pinta, and his flagship vessel, the Santa Maria. While the original Santa Maria did not survive the voyage, this recreation, built by Robert Wijntje, has been a highlight of Madeira since its debut in 1998, and welcomes visitors aboard for sailing trips.More
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Monte Palace Tropical Gardens

Monte Palace Tropical Gardens

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Poised on a hilltop overlooking the city of Funchal, the Monte Palace Tropical Gardens are home to thousands of rare plant species, water features, and sculptures. The gardens are spread out across some 17 acres (seven hectares and also comprise the Monte Palace Museum.More
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Museum of Natural History (Municipal Museum of Funchal)

Museum of Natural History (Municipal Museum of Funchal)

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One of Funchal’s most characterful museums, the Funchal Natural History Museum (Museu de História Natural do Funchal is also the oldest in Madeira. Founded in 1929 and open since 1933, the small but charming museum is housed in a historic manor. Its collection includes thousands of plant and animal species native to the archipelago.More
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Madeira Story Centre

Madeira Story Centre

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Begin your Madeira excursions at the Madeira Story Centre, a modern, multimedia museum that tells the archipelago’s story, from its volcanic origins 14,000 years ago up to the present day. Open since 2005, the museum’s family-friendly exhibitions are complemented by a large gift shop, a terrace restaurant, and a rooftop viewing deck.More
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Armazém do Mercado

Armazém do Mercado

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Located in the heart of Funchal’s Old Town, Armazém do Mercado is a commercial hub that combines traditional and contemporary Portuguese culture. Home to everything from art galleries and museums to boutiques and restaurants, the market provides an alternative to standard malls and souvenir shops.More

Top activities in Funchal

Skywalk, Porto Moniz Volcanic Pools and more...Full day Tour in Open Roof 4x4
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Caldeirão Verde Levadas Walk in Madeira
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Madeira Levada Walk - Caldeirao Verde
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VipDolphins Luxury Whale Watching
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VipDolphins Luxury Whale Watching

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Madeira Dolphin and Whale Watching on a Sailing Catamaran
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Around The Island - Two Days Tour From 9am to 5pm (each Day)
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Madeira Food & Cultural Tour
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Madeira Food & Cultural Tour

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Full-Day Madeira North West Coast Safari from Funchal
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Madeira Wines Tasting + Vineyards & Skywalk in 4x4 Full Day Tour
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Private - Madeira Island Tour

Private - Madeira Island Tour

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Madeira Top Sunrise

Madeira Top Sunrise

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Levada Rabaçal and 25 Fountains Walking Tour
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Diving in the Madeira Aquarium
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Diving in the Madeira Aquarium

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Full Day - Madeira West
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Full Day - Madeira West

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