Funchal: Old Town Walking Tour

Funchal: Old Town Walking Tour

From 58.88 zł per person

Learn about the history of Funchal and Madeira on a guided walk through the city’s medieval center. Visit the farmer's market, the Campo Almirante Reis, the Fortress of St. James, and a number of other sites as your guide provides commentary.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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COVID-19 precautions
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Small group
Limited to 10 participants
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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German, Portuguese, Polish
Wheelchair accessible

Experience

Highlights
  • Take a guided walk through the medieval center of Funchal
  • Hear about the history of Funchal and Madeira from your guide
  • Explore the city's medieval heart
Full description
Meet your guide at Naturalmente Português - History Tellers in La Vie Shopping Centre to begin this 2-hour guided walking tour of Funchal. Learn how the history of Madeira and Funchal shaped the city centre as you visit the most important points of interest. Travel down the 19th century public walkway between the Municipal Theatre and the Cathedral, where sugarcane was first planted in Madeira, during the 15th century. Explore the city’s medieval heart dating from the Golden Age of Sugar and discover the beautiful 17th century religious monuments. Visit the ruins of the old Pilory Square and other remnants from past floods and the area damaged by the Great Fire of Funchal in 1584. This tour helps to support students at the University of Madeira who are facing financial difficulties.  
Includes
  • Guided walking tour
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Food and beverages
  • Any personal expenses
COVID-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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Participants

Date

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Meeting point

Jesuit´s College of Funchal, Madeira University, next to D'Oliveiras Madeira Wine.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Your walking tour will be guided by a former university student or European volunteer that is participating in the Erasmus+ program History Tellers project, developed at the University of Madeira. This project has an important solidarity component
  • Be sure to wear comfortable shoes
  • The History Tellers tours are 2 hours long, starting at 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM, or 4:00 PM, Monday to Friday. They are available in Portuguese, English, French, German, and Spanish
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 519 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.7 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.7 / 5
  • Service
    4.7 / 5
  • Organization
    4.7 / 5
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Both student and senior guide were quite passionate on telling the history and the special aspects regarding the city of Funchal. They were well prepared and they guided the tour in a very friendly spirit. I collected a valuable amount of information and now I am able to use this knowledge to appreciate and understand the city while walking around by myself. I really enjoyed the tour!

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November 15, 2020

As the island is very quiet at present I benefited from a one to one guided experience (actually two to one as a trainee was tagging along). That apart, my young female guide was knowledgeable, engaging and very open to my various (sometimes off-topic) questions and filled in the gaps in my limited knowledge if the island and its history most effectively. Always best to take a tour like this to better understand the place you’re visiting, and as a bonus, personal gratuities are politely declined with the suggestion that a donation to support student activities is preferred .

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October 16, 2020

A really great way to find out about Funchal and the island of Madiera. Our guide Katlya is from Iceland and speaks excellent English. She was very knowledgeable and brought the island's history to life with a visit to Blandys, the Scots Kirk, the Jesuits College and cathedral to name but a few. Highly recommend the tour. We were on a cruise and pre-booked online. The meeting point is about 25 mins walk from the cruise ship so worth booking the early tour before the day gets too hot.

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February 6, 2020

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