Tuesdays, Thursdays - 9.30 am and 2.30 pm | Saturdays - 9.30 am (From January 1st 2023 this tour will be at 2.30) | Language: English

  • Category: Tours
  • Duration: 02:30 Hours
  • Address: Capela de Santa Catarina Funchal (Map)
  • More Info: In Parque Santa Catarina, in front of the Chapel


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Since early in the settlement of Madeira, Funchal has been the most populated area of Madeira.

It became the home of one of our Discoverers and home to different foreign communities that settled in Madeira.

Religion has always played a very important role in the lives of Portuguese people and various religious orders settled in Madeira as well to bring comfort to the Catholic souls of the Island. 

The Privateer Attack on Madeira in 1566 shaped our history profoundly as it was only after this event that the defence of Funchal was planned. 

Join us on the Funchal Essential Free Tour to learn about this and much more!

We do not go to the Old Town on this tour!

These are the Funchal's Essentials Tour highlights:

  • Parque Santa Catarina;

  • Municipal Garden;

  • Cathedral;

  • Biscuits' Factory (closed on weekends and holidays);

  • Municipal Square;

  • São Pedro's Historical Centre;

  • English Church.

The Funchal Essentials Free Tour takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9.30 am and 2.30 pm and Saturdays at 9.30 am (From January 1st 2023, this tour is going tobtake place at 2.30).

The commentary on these tours is in English.

Some places might be added or excluded depending on the days, the group's pace and interest.

Funchal is a hilly place, so there will be some stairs to go up and down during the tour.

This tour is not  suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs.