Funchal's Top 10
Collected by Nelson Carvalheiro, AFAR Local Expert
R. Latino Coelho 38, 9060-155 Funchal, Portugal
Founded in the 1940s, the azulejo-tile-lined Mercado dos Lavradores is the best place in town to see, smell and taste what Madeira has to offer. Fresh tropical produce is on display, from anonas (custard apples) and dragon fruit to eight varieties...
11 Rua do Arcipreste, 9060-395 Santa Luzia, Portugal
An enchanting mix of terra cotta–roofed buildings (some dating to the 15th century), colorful flowers and patterned mosaic pavements, Funchal Old Town still has the quaint small-town feel it did centuries ago. The main attractions are the Mercado...
Câmara De Lobos, Portugal
West of Funchal, Câmara de Lobos is a quiet fishermen’s village that has managed to keep close to its modest roots. Surrounded by vineyards, it’s known for its excellent Madeira wine and poncha, the island’s traditional drink. Head to the harbor...
Promenade do Lido, 9000 Funchal, Portugal
Running from the Lido neighborhood to pebbled Formosa Beach, the Promenade do Lido is Madeira's most remarkable seafront walkway. Lined with palm trees and botanical gardens, it offers terrific views of the Atlantic and in the distance, Cabo...
Av. Arriaga 33, 9000-045 Funchal, Portugal
A café, a restaurant and a cabaret all in one, the Ritz Madeira exemplifies Funchal’s pulse and exuberance. Established in 1905 by textile merchant Christian Ritz as a charming café for businessmen and other members of high society, it’s still a...
Caminho das Babosas 8, 9050-541 Funchal, Ilha da Madeira, Portugal
A cable car system connects the Old Town to the parish of Monte, 560 meters above Funchal. During the 15-minute ascent, you can enjoy the change in scenery from a busy city center to peaceful lush greenery. The most exciting part is the ride back:...
Estrada 1 De Julho, 2, 9300-081 Câmara de Lobos, Portugal
Located on the southern coast of Madeira, west of Câmara de Lobos, Cabo Girão is Europe’s highest cliff and site of a transparent glass skywalk cantilevered over a 580-meter drop. The viewpoint isn't for the faint of heart but is worth an early...
Featuring over 200 works, the Arte de Portas Abertas (or “Art of Open Doors”) project is a street-art initiative aimed at revitalizing sections of Old Town damaged by the 2010 tropical storm. The doors of Rua Santa Maria and those of other nearby...