Guided tour

Funchal: Old Town Walking Tour

Activity provider: Madeiran Heritage

Funchal: Old Town Walking Tour

Activity provider: Madeiran Heritage
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From US$ 13.14 per person

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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.

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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German
Wheelchair accessible
Small group
Limited to 8 participants


  • 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 Jesuit's College of Funchal, Madeira University 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.  
  • 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
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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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 773 reviews

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Katarzyna was an excellent guide! She was very knowledgeable and easy to understand! We loved that she was willing to change the plan a little here and there (like when we wanted to stop for a poncha!). We stayed in Old Town and this tour was a great way for us to get our bearings and really know the area. 10/10 would recommend to others!

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July 28, 2022

We were brand new visitors to Madeira so wanted to learn a little bit about the background and history of Funchal. We were staying in Funchal and the tour covered the area that we had started to explore ourselves plus other areas we hadn't reached yet. Our guide was really knowledgeable and his English was impeccable, so we were able to easily understand everything he told us. As well as the history, he told us a bit about the local plant life and, traditional food and drinks of the Island which we then went on to try ourselves after the tour had finished. It was a really enjoyable couple of hours and we saw and learnt a lot without feeling overwhelmed with information or rushed from place to place. The fact that there were only 5 of us on the tour, all English, meant that we could easily hear everything he told us and we didn't need to listen to it in lots of different languages. It was a great tour for new visitors to a really lovely city.

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April 1, 2022

This is a ‘must do’ activity early in the holiday. The tour lasted two hours and two students guided us around. One was under training but the main guide gave us lots of useful information and we covered all the major attractions. The walk proved really useful for later in the holiday as we knew where we wanted to explore in more depth. Highly recommended. This is the fourth city walk we have done with this company- all exceptional.

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March 1, 2022

Product ID: 70346