Great Things to Do
At the weekend, nightlife becomes a big part of Funchal’s appeal, but its beaches, lidos, shopping and cobbled old town are big hits, too.
See the Sights on an Open Top Bus
While you could explore the city by foot, a great way of ticking off all of the iconic sights in one go is via a hop-on-hop-off bus tour. These sightseeing buses are a great way of cramming everything in, and commentaries help you to appreciate the landmarks, including the Botanical Garden and the Tropical Palace Garden.
Catch the Cable Car to the Monte
Offering phenomenal panoramic views, this fun cable car trip takes around 15 minutes to go between the station at the Parque Almitante Reis in the old part of Funchal, and the Monte Station next to the Tropical Palace Garden. You can pay for a return trip if you like, or head back down to the base station via the famous Toboggan Run.
Soak up the Scents of the Gardens
Madeira is often considered to be a Floating Garden, and Funchal is full of reasons why the nickname fits so well. The Tropical Palace Gardens found at the top of the Monte offer superb views of the city, but also some incredible sculptures, artwork and a diverse range of flora and fauna, whose scents fill the air around you.
Enjoy some Wine Tasting
Is it even possible to visit Madeira without sampling its famous wine? We don’t think so, and Funchal is home to Old Blandy’s Wine Lodge, where you can wander through the cellars and museum, before sampling some of its delicious wines – some of which are vintage and a little expensive, but some are reasonably priced.