Guided tour

Funchal: Old Town Walking Tour

Activity provider: Madeiran Heritage
Guided tour

Funchal: Old Town Walking Tour

Activity provider: Madeiran Heritage
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From US$ 15.07 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

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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 990 reviews

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Our guide Clare was outstanding! She was extremely knowledgeable despite only arriving on the island 2 months ago. Her positive and friendly manner made the tour even better. Great way of finding out about places to revisit later. Can thoroughly recommend.

March 16, 2023

The more we learned about Funchal and its history, the more we could enjoy our time in Madeira. Good to have done the tour at the beginning of our stay. Our guide was very nice and enthousiastic. The young lady did her job well! Thank you! We come back!

February 24, 2023

A great few hour exploring the main sights of central Funchal. This included government offices Ponche Bar, the Cathedral and Blandeys wine house, along other. It was informative and the guide was a European student who had lots of detail and was enjoying her stay in Funchal.

February 16, 2023

Product ID: 70346