Guided tour

Funchal: Old Town Walking Tour

Funchal: Old Town Walking Tour

From US$ 14.60 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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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, German
Wheelchair accessible
Small group
Limited to 8 participants

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 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.  
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
  • 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 610 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.7/5
  • Service
    4.7/5
  • Organization
    4.7/5

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Wie felt our guide was very knowledgeable and informative. We were in a very small group of only four which we felt helped give us more information. I do feel that the tour was not advertised well. We found it by chance. It was a very worthwhile tour.throughly recommend it to visitors to Madeira.

October 16, 2021

Old Funchal Walking Tour was nothing but brilliant from start to finish. I had my guide all to myself (as apparently I was the only one who required an English speaker) so really no complaints! Federica was really knowledgable, fun and entertaining guide, I've learnt lots and had a proper laugh at the same time. Would definitely recommend this tour to anyone who wants to find out a bit more about history of the island and also get some insider's tips :) Thank you!

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October 16, 2021

A really interesting tour. We were very lucky that there were just the two of us so lots of opportunity to chat to our guide, Julian, and ask questions. Julian gave us some background history of the island and then took us round the old town pointing out places of interest for their historical significance, places to eat and drink or places to relax. An excellent introduction to Funchal.

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October 16, 2021

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