Funchal

A European city located in a bay bathed by the Atlantic, which combines a cosmopolitan atmosphere with a close relationship with Nature.

The Capital: a perfect combination between Nature, Culture and Lifestyle

Located on a large slope facing the Atlantic and shaped like a natural amphitheatre, Funchal is Madeira’s largest tourist, commercial and cultural centre. Elevated to city status on 21 August 1508 by the royal charter of King Manuel I, the History of this archipelago's capital spans several centuries of traditions, culture and European cosmopolitanism. All without losing its connection with the exuberant Nature that surrounds it.

 

The town is named after a sweet-smelling wild herb, traditionally known as fennel (Foeniculum Vulgare), which was abundant here when the settlement was created. Later, several excellent regional products, such as sugar or wine (icons incorporated in the municipal coat of arms and are still Madeiran ex-libris today), proved crucial to the local economy, turning Funchal into a key trading point in the centre of the Atlantic.

 

The municipality, with an area of 76.15 km², comprises ten parishes: Imaculado Coração de Maria, Monte, Santa Luzia, Santa Maria Maior, Santo António, São Gonçalo, São Martinho, São Pedro, São Roque, and Sé. Throughout the territory, historical monuments, museums, leisure areas, lush gardens and viewpoints abound. Discover Funchal!
Details

Located in a bay bathed by the Atlantic Ocean on Madeira's south coast, Funchal is the capital and the archipelago’s tourist, cultural and commercial centre.

Funchal
What to visit

Points of Interest

Find out what to visit in Madeira's amphitheatre - our capital!
Funchal Madeira 6

Activities in Funchal

From the sea to the mountains, there are plenty of activities to discover!

Events

WHERE TO STAY
Where to stay

Accommodation

From modern to traditional, accommodation that will make you feel at home.
Funchal Madeira 23

Restaurants in Funchal

Cosmopolitan ambience in more or less sophisticated spaces. Come and try it!
Brewery
Beerhouse
Typical brewery in the heart of Funchal, overlooking the marina and with a pleasant terrace.
Read More
Signature cuisine, Gourmet
Design Centre Nini Andrade Silva
Panoramic restaurant located in Pontinha that combines creativity with a passion for traditions, in a reinterpretation of regional cuisine with Atlantic cuisine.
Read More
European, Traditional
Pátio das Babosas, Lda.
Charming restaurant serving traditional Portuguese and European cuisine, located in Monte, close to the main attractions of the parish.
Read More
International Cuisine
Restaurante do Forte
Located in the Fortress of São Tiago (historic building from the 17th century), it is distinguished by its gastronomic diversity and excellent service.
Read More
Mediterranean Cuisine
Restaurante Il Vivaldi
Located in the former Casa do Turista, it comprises a Mediterranean restaurant and a Terrace Bar. It stands out for its gastronomic creativity and excellent service.
Read More
Healthy Food and Snacks
Vantastic Food Truck
The most “vantastic” van on the island, parked on Avenida Arriaga, has a wide selection of fresh and healthy products on a daily basis.
Read More
Snack-bar
Santa Catarina Café
Space with two terraces in Parque de Santa Catarina. Bar service and light meals in the most emblematic garden in the city.
Read More
Gourmet, International Cuisine
The Wanderer Restaurant
Gourmet restaurant with five-course tasting menus, on an unforgettable journey through the flavors of local and seasonal foods.
Read More
Mediterranean and Healthy Food
Museu Café & Petisco
Iconic space, shares doors with the Museum of Sacred Art of Funchal and enjoys the uniqueness of its surroundings. Simple, real food in an eclectic setting.
Read More
Brewery, Fish and Seafood
Peixaria no Mercado
An ode to the sea and its ingredients in the place closest to the source: the Funchal market auction.
Read More
Portuguese and Mediterranean Food
Chalet Vicente
Restaurant based in a centenary Madeiran farm, in the tourist area of Funchal, where traditional Portuguese flavors are interpreted and presented in a family style.
Read More
GOURMET
William
At William, the freshness of the ingredients reveals itself in unexpected flavours. The culinary innovation resides in the most traditional and refined hotel in Madeira.
Read More
Keep in Touch
@visitmadeira
Subscribe and we will keep you updated with little bits about paradise.