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Funchal is the capital of the Portuguese island Madeira. It covers area of 76 square kilometers, its population is somewhere around 110,000 inhabitants. The city got its name because of the “fennel” (funcho in Portuguese), that used to grew abundantly in the area. Fennel was the first thing that hit the eye of first Portuguese settlers and they decided to name the city after this plant.
In our offer, you can find many different options - from youth hostels, apartments, guesthouses, to various hotel categories, resorts, villas or aparthotels. The cheapest accommodation offer hostels. Many hotels and also hostels offers wine tasting and have terraces with a spectacular view of a city. Many of them are surrounded by gardens where you can sit a relax. The most luxurious hotels are: The Cliff Bay or the Quinta das Vistas Palace Gardens, both of them feature pool, spa and stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. As far as hotel chains are concerned, you can find in Funchal Regency hotels - Madeira Regency Cliff, Madeira Regency Club or the Savoy hotels - Royal Savoy, Savoy Gardens. The most popular accommodation in Funchal is Choupana Hills Resort & Spa, Reid's Palace, Palheiro Village.
The climate is subtropical, divided into two periods - rainy season with lower temperatures and dry season lasting from April to September with temperatures up to 27 degrees. Even in the rainy season do not expect too much cold - temperatures drop to an average 20 to 25 degrees, which is still very enjoyable.The entire island is quite hilly and its northern part is located at an altitude of around 800 meters. The weather here is generally worse than in Funchal and other coastal areas, with frequent fogs and rain showers.
Madeira was discovered in 1419 by the Portuguese seafarer Zarco. The first settlement was founded a few years later. In the early 16th century, Funchal was granted town status and became an important port of call for traveling between India and America. From the early beginning, sugarcane was planted here, later wine. Even William Shakespeare mentioned the delicious Madeira wine in his books. In the mid-19th century Funchal become a favorite destination of aristocrats and wealthy nobility. Among others we can appoint Empress Sissi, Emperor Charles I, or Winston Churchill.
Funchal airport is called Funchal / Madeira / Santa Catarina airport and is regularly ranked in the top ten of the scariest airports in the world. To improve safety, the runway was extended and at the moment, all the aircraft types can land here. However, in order to manage the landing, pilots need special skills, so only pilots who have undergone special exercise can land here. It is connected to a city of Funchal by highway, you can reach the city in less than fifteen minutes. Funchal is also an important port with ships heading not only to Portugal, Germany and Scandinavia, but it is also very popular stopover for cruises going to Caribbean.
The center of Funchal is small, ideal for walks. An interesting hint for a trip might be to visit a part of the town called Monte - as the name suggests, it is located on a hill / mountain above the town. You can reach it by gondola going directly over the town, the ride takes about 15 minutes. For the trip down you can use a local attraction - riding on a wooden sled managed by two drivers. The reason, why are most tourists visiting Funchal, is its breathtaking nature, flowers and rich history. There are also several golf courses, you can also explore the island on horseback. There are many interesting parks and gardens in Funchal, for example, we can appoint Jardins Botanicos da Madeira, park Quinta do Palheiro Ferreiro Park and Monte Palace Gardens Hotel. The town has also several significant buildings - for example half palace and half fortress Palácio de São Lourenço, Sé Cathedral and also the Igreja de Sao Joao Evangelista.
Although Funchal offers a very pleasant weather, it is not that ideal for a beach vacation as you might thought. There are only two sandy beaches in Funchal, others are gravel or there are cliffs. However, almost all the hotels have their own outdoor pools. You can also visit public swimming pools offering not only fresh water, but also a pool with a salty sea water. In case, that you wish to experience true beach holidays, you can visit the island of Santo Ponto, that is located only about 40 km north of Madeira. In Funchal you can also dive - however please note that Madeira is actually of a volcanic origin, so there is black sand in the ocean and therefore there is not a good visibility. However, if you enjoy watching whales or dolphins or fancy a kayak ride down the river, you've come to the right place.
One of the best footballers, Cristiano Ronaldo, was born in Funchal.
Estrada Monumental, 147, Funchal
Situated atop a natural peninsula, The Cliff Bay provides panoramic Atlantic Ocean views and private sea access. There are indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a 2-Michelin star restaurant and free Wi-Fi.
Rua Simplício dos Passos Gouveia, 29, Funchal
This luxurious, 5-star all-inclusive hotel offers an indoor and outdoor pool, spa and sauna. Located in Funchal, it overlooks the Atlantic Ocean with direct access to the oceanfront promenade, and its spacious rooms offer a private balcony.
Rua De Santa Maria, 240, Funchal
Zona Velha Apartments by Travel to Madeira is located in the Santa Maria district of Funchal, 1.2 km from Marina do Funchal and 70 metres from Sao Tiago Fort.
Caminho Pico da Cruz, 22, Funchal
Situated in Funchal, Vila Eucalipto by Travel to Madeira offers accommodation with a private pool, a terrace and sea views. The property is 2.
Avenida do Mar e das Comunidades Madeirenses, 50, Funchal
Located on the Funchal seafront, this hotel offers panoramic views over the Atlantic. It provides rooms with kitchenettes and balconies, 2 pools and a spa centre with spa bath and sauna.
Rua Do Cabrestante 25, Funchal
Featuring panoramic views of Praia Formosa, the largest pebble beach in Madeira, the Golden Residence Hotel offers an outdoor pool, a wellness centre, and modern accommodation with private balconies. All rooms and apartments of the Golden Residence are equipped with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, and a kettle.
Rua de São João 8, Funchal
Located in Funchal with Marina do Funchal and Madeira Casino nearby, Funchal View Apartments provides accommodation with free WiFi. The accommodation features a spa bath.
Rua do Jasmineiro, nº 24 - W, Funchal
Ideally located in the heart of Funchal, Jasmineiro II by Travel to Madeira offers sea views and an outdoor swimming pool. The accommodation has free WiFi.
Rua do Carmo, Nº. 88, Funchal
Situated 1 km from Marina do Funchal and 500 metres from Cathedral of Funchal, Anadia Atrium offers free WiFi and units fitted with a kitchen. All units come with a seating area, a flat-screen TV with cable channels and a private bathroom with a hair dryer and shower.
Rua do Jasmineiro, 24, Funchal
Located 700 metres from Marina do Funchal, 400 metres from Madeira Casino and a 10-minute walk from Mar Avenue, Jasmineiro III by Travel to Madeira offers accommodation set in Funchal. The property is 900 metres from Cathedral of Funchal.
Rua do Jasmineiro, 24, Funchal
Well set in the middle of Funchal, Jasmineiro I by Travel to Madeira offers sea views. Guests may go for a swim in outdoor pool and enjoy the free WiFi.
Estrada Monumental, 241 - Edf. Rodamar Torre Nascente - 2 G, Funchal
Located in Funchal, within 3.2 km of Marina do Funchal, Rodamar I by Travel to Madeira is an accommodation offering sea views.
Rua De Leichlingen, 7, Funchal
This 4-star Funchal hotel is situated just 100 metres from the Atlantic Ocean. It offers 5 swimming pools, 4 restaurants and modern accommodation with kitchenettes and balconies.
Rua da Conceição 67, Funchal
Located in a restored building from the 1940’s, Cayres Suites Carmo offers a modern-style duplex apartment with period features. It is next to the lively Carmo Square, in the heart of Funchal city, Madeira Island.
67A Rua da Carreira, Funchal
Providing city views and free WiFi, Downtown Funchal Apartments by Travel to Madeira provides accommodation ideally situated in Funchal, within a short distance of Marina do Funchal, Mar Avenue and Cathedral of Funchal. All units feature a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom and a fully equipped kitchen.
18 Rua do Surdo, Funchal
Situated in Funchal, 400 metres from Marina do Funchal, Cayres Suites Surdo features accommodation with free WiFi, air conditioning and access to a garden. The units come with parquet floors and feature a fully equipped kitchen with an oven, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, and a private bathroom with shower and free toiletries.
Rua das Maravilhas, 1, Funchal
Maravilhas I by Travel to Madeira is located in Funchal and offers a terrace. The property is 700 metres from Marina do Funchal.
Rua Comandante Camacho de Freitas 550, Campanário, Funchal
Located in Funchal, Quinta Paços do Lago provides accommodation with an outdoor pool, free WiFi, barbecue facilities and a garden. All units come with a seating area, a flat-screen TV with cable channels and a private bathroom with free toiletries and shower.
Estrada Monumental 175-177, Funchal
The 5-star Vidamar Resorts Madeira is situated on Madeira's southern coast, just few minutes' walk from central Funchal. It features 3 salt-water infinity pools for adults and one for children.
Rua Dr. António Sales Caldeira, Nº 6D - Casa F, Funchal
Set in Funchal, Virtudes I by Travel to Madeira offers accommodation with a private pool and private parking. This villa is 2.