Wednesdays 9.30 am Saturdays 2.30 pm (From January 1st 2023, this tour is going to take place at 9.30) Language - English

  • Category: Tours
  • Duration: 02:00 Hours
  • Address: Capela de Santa Catarina Funchal (Map)
  • More Info: In Parque Santa Catarina, in front of the Chapel


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About 1300 French Privateers invaded Funchal in 1566 and terrorised the locals for 16 days.

The strongholds we had in Funchal back then were uneffective on the defense of Funchal.

Shortly after this invasion, funds were sent to Madeira to build forts.

The Old Town of Funchal was, for centuries, home of fishermen and shipbuilders. Until recently, the neighbourhood of the poor, neglected by the local government, most of the building got to the 21st Century falling to pieces.

In 2010, artists gathered to give  a new face to the Old Town. Painted doors emerged from abandoned buildings and the Old Town became an outdoors Art Gallery. The Open Doors Art gave  a new dynamic, a new face to the Old Town and now-a-days it’s one of the best places in the city! Definitely a must-see in Funchal!

 Funchal Old Town Tour:

  • São Lourenço Fortress;

  • Legislative Assembley;

  • City's Gate;

  • Old Town.

 The Old Town Free Tour takes place on Wednesdays at9.30 am and Saturdays at 2.30 pm (From January 1st 2023, this tour is going to take place at 9.30)

The commentary on the tour 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. We will go up and down stairs during the tour.

This tour is not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs.