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The heart and capital of Madeira, Funchal a popular holiday destination, known for its exotic gardens, sub-tropical climate, beaches and scenic landscapes. Plan your Funchal accommodation that caters to families as well as young travellers.

Since Funchal is only a small city, you will enjoy all the benefits on your doorstep and getting around would not be a problem. Visitors will find many excellent accommodations in Funchal island, including self-catering apartments, villas, and hotels that are equipped with all requisite amenities to make your stay relaxing and comfortable. If you seek to stay in a budget friendly property, Residencial Monumental and The Flame Tree Madeira are good options in the city centre while if luxury is what enjoy then stay with Melia Madeira Mare and Pestana Casino Park Hotel and Casino 5-s tar properties, boasting world-class amenities. To avoid last minute rush and pricey deals, book your stay in advance and with little online research. Cheap flights and hotels in Funchal are available in Alpharooms website that offers some amazing deals in peak seasons as well.

About

Funchal is a forward thinking capital city of Madeira and sub-tropical island in the Atlantic Ocean. The beautiful city has perfectly cobbled streets, excellent shopping areas, cafes, bars, restaurants and amazing attractions that makes it a popular holiday destination with tourists.

Funchal is a city that is both interesting and exciting owing to the plethora of historical and cultural attractions, pebble beaches, a typical English sway of nightlife and many such things. Plan your cheap holidays to Funchal by booking your accommodation in advance away from the touristy grid. The most popular attraction in the city is the centuries-old Funchal Cathedral, that now houses the Contemporary Art Museum, with a large collection of Portuguese works. Tourists seeking tranquil setting and captivating countryside would love to spend their holiday in the island.

Where to stay on your Funchal holiday

A sub-tropical island in the Atlantic Ocean, Funchal city offers a relaxed and feel good atmosphere in a traditional yet contemporary setting. The island offers a variety of good accommodation options to suit all tastes and budgets, where good services, modern amenities and warm services will make your stay absolutely memorable. From cheap hotels in Funchal to apartments, villas, hostels and camping site, the city has plenty of accommodation options to choose from. There will be lots of beautiful scenery to explore from your abode and amazing facilities to enjoy like half or full-board and all-inclusive holiday.

To ensure that you make most out of your trip to Funchal, book your stay around the city centre/Old Town area, and the eastern side of the city, which are bustling with numerous good accommodation and lovely bars, restaurants and cafes. Well, if you want something quiet, then Lido is a good neighbourhood to book your Funchal apartment or cheap hotels in Funchal.

What to see

A vibrant capital of Madeira, famed for its dramatic backdrop of towering cloud-tipped mountains and a picturesque landscape, Funchal is a very popular holiday destination. The city boasts wealth of historic monuments, museums and cathedrals that dates back to the early days of the island's colonization. With such beautiful scenery and excellent blend of cosmopolitan and old fashioned culture, the city offers many things to enjoy in low cost holidays to Funchal.

Laze of the soft beaches, sail across the seas to catch the glimpses of whales, dolphins and turtles or simply explore the Old Town on foot, admiring the colourful gardens and cobbled streets. One adventurous things to enjoy would be to go for a cable car or hike up into the mountains and enjoy the breath-taking panoramic views of the world below. Some popular attractions in the city includes Jardim Botânico (Botanical Garden), Madeira Story Centre and Museu da Quinta das Cruzes, among others.

Nightlife

The nightlife in Funchal might not be that colourful and busy but visitors will find lots of things to enjoy, as the night falls especially during weekends. Café, bars and nightclubs boasts casual and intimate environment to enjoy exotic drinks, live music and dancing.

There are many good discotheques for all age groups where mostly themed evenings, fashion and aerobics shows are organized. Families can enjoy late dinner along with live music that are played in many clubs and restaurants in the old town. To make your night even more exciting, try your luck with gambling from Sunday to Thursday as the city has many sophisticated casinos. Overall, Funchal has many exciting things to do as the night falls, depending on your mood, occasion, and preferences.

What to eat

From exotic fruits to humungous gourmet burgers, Funchal’s food scene is diverse and delicious. The island has some amazing traditional food and European cuisine to offer. Choose to eat in a sophisticated fine dining restaurant or from any street vendor to sample tasty food and drinks. The holiday destination boasts many wonderful cafés and pastelerías, and Michelin-starred restaurants serving excellent creative food that caters to all tastes. Some good restaurants where visitor can savour different delicacies and dishes include restaurant Mozart, O Tasco, and Restaurante Do Forte. To buy some exotic fresh fruits, browse the market in Funchal and admire the colourful displays. During your Funchal holiday, along with indulging in the authentic Portugese cuisine, sample the wine flavours to complement your food.

Shopping

Funchal is a fun-filled city, offering amazing shopping opportunities with all the modern chains of shops and many classic boutique style stores to cater different demands of visitors. Over the years, many huge commercial centres have popped-up in various corner of the city, where you can buy a selection of major clothing brands to electronics. Dolce Vita is a is city’s newest addition to the shopping centre, nestled next to the Santa Caterina Park. The modern shop features 70 stores. Another big shopping centre in Santa Quiteria also features 83 shops, restaurants and cinemas.

Some products that should be in your top shopping list includes Madeira’s wine, fennel drops and sugar cane honey cakes. The traditional embroideries or the wicker and cork pieces are also some good products to buy here. Apart from the high-end store, on the streets, you’ll find many small boutique shops and one off designer establishments.

Things to know:

Funchal attracts thousands of tourists every year who seek a unique holiday experience in a warm sunny atmosphere. Visitors love the excellent combination of Portuguese culture, quaint destinations, and fresh gastronomy that the place has to offer.

Funchal is ideal for couples, families and solo travellers equally, as the capital city of Madeira features stunning beaches for laid-back experience, vibrant nightlife for excitement and sightseeing to explore the history and culture of Portugal. If you want a comfortable holiday experience in the city, visit the place between June and September, when temperature here is usually around the mid-20s.

Fast Facts About

  • Nearest airports: Madeira Airport (FNC)
  • Flight time from UK: 3 hours 40 minutes
  • Language: Portuguese
  • Currency: Euro (€)

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Funchal Reviews

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10/10 Amazing

05 June 2013

Great for walking and gardens

You must go down to see the market and the old town

The best thing about my stay was ...

The people

10/10 Amazing

16 January 2018

Fantastic place

Madeira is a fantastic safe, vibrant place.mloads to see and do. Fantastic food.

The best thing about my stay was ...

Architecture, culture and flowers.

10/10 Amazing

10 July 2013

Traditional and modern all in one place

Fantastic eateries beautiful scenery lovely local people very welcoming.

The best thing about my stay was ...

Unspoilt and ideal for those seeking a peaceful relaxing holiday

10/10 Amazing

22 August 2012

Love Funchal

The Raga is located in an area with a number of local restaurants and buses to get into the centre of town easily

The best thing about my stay was ...

Excellent Restaurants

10/10 Amazing

19 October 2013

Magical

The whole ambience of Maderia was beautiful, the people were so friendly! Do go into the Old Town of Funchal to eat, the side streets are an experience in its self to choose a restaurant!! A must is the Cable car and the toboggan is truly hair-raising but unforgettable (no worries the guys have total control) Most of all this Island is a Gardeners Paradise with the most beautiful Gardens to visit, the people who work on them should be so proud of themselves. Do go and have afternoon tea at Reid's Hotel another wonderful experience!

The best thing about my stay was ...

The Charm

10/10 Amazing

23 August 2011

MADEIRA-FUNCHAL FOOTBALL FUN

GREAT CITY CLEAN AND FRIENDLY BARS AND RESTAURANTS OF A GOOD STANDARD AND GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY.LOTS TOO SEE OR JUST CHILL.

The best thing about my stay was ...

CLEAN STREETS AND GOOD VALUE

10/10 Amazing

19 November 2013

Very clean, safe and lovely people

A nice walk from our hotel with great views over the harbour. Lovely to wander through the outdoor market and have a coffee. Great street entertainment.

The best thing about my stay was ...

The friendly people, the old own and great restaurant

10/10 Amazing

17 July 2011

FRIENDLY

Great place for chilling out. Much cheaper to east out than Spain

The best thing about my stay was ...

quality and choice of restaurants

10/10 Amazing

03 May 2012

gorgeous city

very beautiful flowers everywhere and friendly locals cheap dinning and drinking great for family and singles holiday

The best thing about my stay was ...

beautiful sights

10/10 Amazing

06 April 2017

A lovely place to visit.

Madeira is ideal for anyone who likes walking and visiting gardens. Everywhere clean and tidy. Flowers in abundance. Everyone friendly and helpful. Lots of choice to sit for a coffee, a snack or something more substantial all at reasonable prices.

The best thing about my stay was ...

Garden visits and walks

10/10 Amazing

26 March 2017

island beautiful

Funchal is the capital of the island of Madeira, the historic center is very picturesque, the island is beautiful, nature is beautiful and unspoilt, you can do many excursions that are well organized, the Lido area is full of beautiful hotels, the climate is to spring for the whole year

The best thing about my stay was ...

nature

10/10 Amazing

20 September 2011

Beautiful place to visit!

Just a few points to help you:- Transport from the airport - a taxi will cost approx 30 Euros whereas the Aerobus which is avaible right outside the airport only costs 7.50 Euros return pp. Restaurants - in the old town (cobbled streets) are located in two streets and they are all much the same. We had a fantastic meal in Xarambinha (pasta) but all other dishes looked good. Staff really friendly and really generous portions (throughout all the restaurants). Restaurant Le Jardin, Estrala Do Mar and Sao Jose are other restaurants that we ate in and enjoyed the food. Majority do have set menus which are all excellent value for money (approx 15 Euros pp). Cable Car - 24 Euros return which includes entrance to the Monte Gardens, which is well worth a visit. Its beautiful and very peaceful but allow a few hours to really enjoy them. A single is 15 Euros and entrance to the gardens is 10 Euros, so buying the join ticket doesn't save much. Tobaggons - this is definitely worth a go. 30 Euros for 2 people and its quite a long ride but when you get to the bottom you have two choices. If you've bought a return cable car ticket and need to get back to the top there are taxis but they're expensive. We paid 10 Euros although that came down from 15 Euros. Or you can walk back into Funchal, which is quite a way and steep but as we didn't do it, i can't comment any further. Sightseeing buses - There are 2, the red bus and the yellow/blus bus. We chose the yellow/blue bus as its ran by a Portuguese company rather than the red bus which you can find in most cities. However, they both do the same routes and both cost 12 Euros pp which is excellent value as they are both valid for 2 days!. The coastal walk from the Lido back to the old town is also a lovely walk. Madeira is a beautiful place and definitely worth a visit - weather is fantastic, its very green and the people are very friendly. You need to be mobile though as lots of hills!

10/10 Amazing

23 August 2011

Ilha muito interessante!

Pena não ter conhecido a Madeira mais cedo! é de facto um monumento à natureza: flores e plantas brotam em cada esquina e o clima temperado é de facto muito agradável. O facto de não possuir praias de areia fina é, de facto, uma desvantagem, o que faz com que nos fiquemos pela piscina... Por outro lado afasta um turismo de massas e de noite desenfriado característico de outras ilhas. Os restaurantes são muito tradicionalistas, mas talvez demasiado turísticos... Todos serem mais ou menos a mesma coisa (espetada, atum, espada, etc) e têm um lamentável funcionário à entrada a convidar as pessoas a entrar. Curiosamente os resaurantes em que jantamos melhor e estavam cheios, não tinham empregados à porta, o que dá um sinal se que a qualidade não precisa de ser publicitada dessa forma. Passear no centro do funchal, visitar os jardins e alugar um carro para conhecer esta ilha monumental é obrigatório. Outras coisas se podem fazer, como andar de barco, nas cestas ou teleférico. Obrigatório: Mercado dos lavradores, poncha, bolo do caco, espetada em pau de loureiro, bananas, espada, atum, jardim botanico, maracujá, batata doce, vinho da madeira, flores, ...

The best thing about my stay was ...

Natureza

10/10 Amazing

26 November 2011

a beautiful city in a natural amphitheatre

a proper working city but with lots for the holidaymaker to do and visit. a cultural and gastronomic gem

The best thing about my stay was ...

its people. so friendly and welcoming

9/10 Fantastic

13 March 2018

Funchal is a well balanced resort, with a mixture of luxury and good basic Madeira aspects

Funchal is a busy town with plenty of facilities, beaches, harbour, old town, restaurants etc. But in early March, there is a lot of cloud and its often better to get to the other side of the island where sun is shining. This means a hire car is a strong favourite, although roads are narrow, twisty and can be challenging. The island has some stunning scenery and fabulous walking

The best thing about my stay was ...

Walking on nortside of Madeira

9/10 Fantastic

10 June 2017

MADEIRA & FUNCHAL

Fabulous place to visit. Compact, but massively diverse place to explore. Lots to do and see, para gliding, diving, fishing, riding, walking, casino, café's, restaurants, and much more. Feels very safe, good police presence, english widely spoken, prices good considering pretty much everything has to be imported. Wide range of good hotels to suit your pocket. Tourism major, if not main source of income, so locals generally really helpful. Sales touts for tours and restaurants are plentiful, generally helpful, honest, and not too pushy (just don't forget it is their job to sell). Weather good, lot of wind and rain, as you would expect from an island stuck 400 miles out in the atlantic, but this means things are green and clean. Watch out for the sun, cloud cover, doesn't mean sun cover. Definitely a place to revisit, but probably not between July and September (too hot), though they don't seem to have a particular high or low season...some just like it hot. Downside, longish flight compared to Spanish Costas, but worth it.

The best thing about my stay was ...

Casino, eating out, gelati

8/10 Great

27 July 2013

Lovely City

Tourism and Functioning city blend perfectly together, lots of restaurants, bars and cafes. Easy and safe to get around.

The best thing about my stay was ...

Buildings and little streets

8/10 Great

25 March 2018

Funchal Old town

An interesting historic town in a lovely seafront harbour setting

The best thing about my stay was ...

People, in a safe friendly Old town, great parks and gardens

8/10 Great

17 November 2011

Funchal

Nice town with good bus service to all parts of Island

8/10 Great

29 March 2011

Nice place to wander around - plent of places to eat

Whether you just like ambling around the town and the various gardens or more strenuous walks in the hills - everything is lush and green with a most agreeable climate! The regular fruit, flower and veg market is a riot of colour. Only downside is the traffic which can be quite bad close to the town.