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!
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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!
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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.
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Restaurants in Funchal

Cosmopolitan ambience in more or less sophisticated spaces. Come and try it!
MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE / SIGNATURE CUISINE
The Dining Room
A sophisticated à la carte menu, based on the pillars of Mediterranean and contemporary gastronomy, is the bet of The Dinning Room, the main restaurant of Quinta da Casa Branca.
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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.
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TRADITIONAL PORTUGUESE AND MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE
Mau Feitio
Perpetuating the true Portuguese identity, MAU.FEITIO stands out for the authenticity of typical cuisine, with Mediterranean influences, combined with the creativity of the Chef and his team.
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Restaurant
Desarma
A battle of senses fought in the mouth
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MEDITERRANEAN AND PORTUGUESE CUISINE
Alameda Restaurant
Located on floor zero of the Savoy Palace, this is the restaurant where the tradition of Latin tables shares inspiration with the tropical flavours of the archipelago.
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PRIVATE CHEF & CATERING
Gazebo - Seu Chef Filipe Janeiro
A skilful chef who will welcome you at home, or come to your own event, cooking and presenting the most incredible creations.
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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.
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LIGHT MEALS & SNACKS
Neptunus Bar
Neptunus has a menu full of dishes with fresh ingredients, ready to be enjoyed with a relaxing view by the sea.
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VEGAN/ INTERNATIONAL GASTRONOMY
Seu Chef Filipe Janeiro – Gazebo
A multicultural and vegan restaurant with a seasonal menu offering a taste of the world using the freshest ingredients.
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INTERNATIONAL CUISINE
Il Massimo
International cuisine at the highest level in the MELIÁ Hotel, in a cosy atmosphere with modern decor.
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TRADITIONAL MADEIRAN / GRILLED DISHES
Casa das Espetadas
Restaurant located on Estrada Monumental, specialised in traditional Madeiran cuisine, with a wood-fired oven. Its decor highlights the Madeiran traditions.
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Restaurant
Audax
Progressive Madeiran cuisine
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Healthy Food and Snacks
Vantastic Food Truck & Juice Mixology
The most “vantastic” van on the island, parked on Avenida Arriaga, has a wide selection of fresh and healthy products on a daily basis.
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International, Fusion
Kampo
With a sharing and 'comfort food' concept, Kampo was created to pay tribute to meat in all its senses, with an emphasis on matured meat.
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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.
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GOURMET
Il Gallo d'Oro
Under the mastery of Chef Benoît Sinthon, Il Gallo d'Oro presents itself as a restaurant of unique and incomparable experiences. Two Michelin stars attest to its excellence.
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Healthy, Vegetarian and European Food
Prima Caju
Restaurant located on Rua da Carreira, where fresh ingredients from local agriculture make up the dishes on the menu in a tasty and nutritious way.
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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.
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FINE DINING
Galáxia Skyfood
An intergalactic experience that can be enjoyed by ordering à la carte or with sublime tasting menus.
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MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE
O Calhau
In a prime location in the centre of Funchal, and with a privileged terrace, Calhau draws on Mediterranean cuisine to create a diverse menu.
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Fish and Seafood, International
Ákua
A cosy restaurant with a distinctive family atmosphere, Ákua brings us the freshness and the breeze of the sea thanks to the boldness of its dishes.
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MEDITERRANEAN / ASIAN
Avista
With a unique view, emphasised by the cliff on which the restaurant is built, Avista dazzles both for the landscapes it underlines and for its menu, which highlights the best of Mediterranean and Asian cuisine.
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PORTUGUESE / INTERNATIONAL CUISINE
Culinarium Restaurant
Restaurant of the TUI BLUE hotel, where flavours are combined in an à la carte dining experience.
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Asian cuisine
Avista Ásia
Asian cuisine with local ingredients
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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.
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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.
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MADEIRAN WITH INTERNATIONAL INSPIRATION
Terreiro Concept
Restaurant and Gastrobar located at Rua Imperatriz D. Amélia, privileging the fresh flavours from its vegetable garden and local products. Its menu combines traditional Madeiran recipes with international trends
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LIGHT MEALS & SNACKS
Casa da Quinta Restaurant & Bar
A light meal with a refined taste is the proposal of the 'Casa da Quinta' restaurant & bar. Its relaxing atmosphere is also ideal for a late-afternoon cocktail.
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