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Accommodation in Funchal

Set in a naturally picturesque location between a valley and nature reserve, is Funchal city, the capital of Madeira. Beaches, food and adventure attract holiday makers from world over to book Funchal holidays. The island town as emerged as one of the preferred destinations thanks to the easy availability of cheap accommodation in Funchal. Hotels and apartments in Funchal are spread all over the town as you can find one easily whether you are looking for a stay on the beach, or in the heart of the town or the outskirts close to nature park. Families and groups of friends can easily find a cheap all-inclusive hotel in Funchal while couples can easily find apartments in Funchal. If you are travelling solo, then you can find studios and hostels easily.

Funchal Overview

Funchal is the capital and largest city of Madeira and also Portugal’s 6th largest city. Serving as the island’s capital since medieval times, it is of high cultural and historical significance and thus one of Portugal’s major tourist attraction. It is believed that the island got its name from the abundance of fennel that was found here. Portuguese for fennel is ‘funcho’ and ‘al’ to denote plantation. It is not only a major beach destination in Madeira but also serves as tourist hub for the rest of the island thanks to the number of hotels here.

Where to Stay on your Funchal Holiday

The beachfront is lined with top rated 4 and 5-star chain hotels in Funchal like Melia, Pestana, Quinta, etc. and something to suit everyone’s taste. You can also stay at one of the luxuriously royal hotels in Funchal like the Belmond Reid’s palace, Pestana Royal, Quinta Jardins do Lago, Royal Savoy, etc. You can look for all-inclusive resorts and hotels in Funchal that include activities and entertainment for all age groups. If you are looking for an independent stay, then one of the villas tucked away in the valley might be the best option. You can also find boutique hotels, casual apartments, budget hotels in Funchal very easily. You can choose from beachfront hotels and apartments with breathtaking or in the town centre with views of the city.

Things to See and Do in Funchal

You can start your Funchal holiday from the beaches which is the biggest attraction of this island capital. The pristine Blue Flag beach Praia Formosa is situated just 10 minutes’ drive from the city centre. At the north of the town there is the Church of our Lady Monte and Monte Palace Tropical gardens, North West there is Pico dos Barcelos Viewpoint, north east Madeira Botanical garden, Palheiro gardens. The south and the town center is full of other historically important places that you can visit like the Zona Velha, Santa Catarina Park, Madeira story centre, museums, art galleries, cathedrals, theaters and the historic wine house Blandy's Wine Lodge. You can also spend a day at the BreakOut Funchal theme park or go for wine tasting. If you book your Funchal holiday for spring, you can also attend the the Funchal Flower festival.

Nightlife in Funchal

The nightlife in Funchal is dominate day local lifestyle and as such you wouldn’t find much liveliness in the weekdays. On the weekends, you can find plenty of places to hang out at like the El Mexicano in Centro Comercial Centromar, Madeira Rum House, Banana’s Pub on the beach, Revolution bar, etc. From Ponta Da Cruz in the west to R. Portao de Sao Tiago on the east, you can find plenty of chic bars and clubs. Most of the bars here are open till 1 am daily while there are a few others that are also good for night owls and open till 4, like the No. 2, Kool, the Chameloen, O Molhe, Copacabana, etc. The 5-star hotel chains like Melia have multiple bars and also offer amazing evening and night entertainment.

Food options in Funchal

Funchal offers a truly amazing gastronomic journey. Apart from the islands traditional cuisine you easily find British, Indian and American restaurants. Some traditional dishes that deserve a try are espetada, bolo do caco (bread), acorda, feijoada, carne de vinha d'alhos, Milho Frito, and Bolo del Mel and Malasada deserts. You also can’t miss the islands very own world famous Madeira which is a fortified wine, local beer Coral, Larajada and Brisa soft drink and different coffees. From Rua Bela São Tiago to Rua da Ponta da Cruz the entire beach promenade as well as city centre are lined with restaurants and small eateries where you can try these delicacies. Dona Nina, Chris’s place, Casal da Penha, Beef and Wines, Leeno’s, Armazém do Sal, O Tasco, Mozart, etc. are some of the well-known places.

Shopping in Funchal

The capital city of Funchal is bustling with bright and huge malls that house everything from designer and branded stores for apparel, leather, accessories, gifts, and many restaurants, bars and nightclubs. There are many malls in between Estrada Monumental and Rua Dr. Fernao de Ornelas, like the Forum Madeira, Madeira Shopping mall, La Vie shopping centre, Arcadas São Francisco, Marina shopping mall, Centro Commercial Europa, that attract tourist at all times throughout the year. Rua da Carreira has various local shops and supermarkets that sell traditional as well as modern clothing, toys, souvenirs, pottery, art work, vintage stuff, etc. You can visit the Bazar do Povo and Farmers market if you want really cheap shopping in an open market or want to buy fresh fruits and vegetables.

What you need to know about Funchal

Funchal is comparatively drier and warmer from April to September as compared to the rest of the year, as such these are the best months to visit. The city is well connected with roads and highways and ferries are available throughout the day to go to the nearby islands. Funchal has 17 twin towns-sister cities. Madeira Island is closer to Africa than it is to Europe. The island’s largest display of fireworks on New Year’s Eve made it to the Guinness book of World records in 2006.

Fast Facts about Funchal

Currency: Euros

Language: Portuguese

Nearest Airport: Madeira Airport

Flight time from Dublin to Funchal: 7 hours 45 minutes

Transfer time from airport to Funchal: 30 minutes

Time difference between Dublin and Funchal: No time difference between Dublin and Funchal


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10/10 Amazing

05 June 2013

Great for walking and gardens

You must go down to see the market and the old town

The best thing about my stay was ...

The people

10/10 Amazing

16 January 2018

Fantastic place

Madeira is a fantastic safe, vibrant place.mloads to see and do. Fantastic food.

The best thing about my stay was ...

Architecture, culture and flowers.

10/10 Amazing

10 July 2013

Traditional and modern all in one place

Fantastic eateries beautiful scenery lovely local people very welcoming.

The best thing about my stay was ...

Unspoilt and ideal for those seeking a peaceful relaxing holiday

10/10 Amazing

22 August 2012

Love Funchal

The Raga is located in an area with a number of local restaurants and buses to get into the centre of town easily

The best thing about my stay was ...

Excellent Restaurants

10/10 Amazing

19 October 2013

Magical

The whole ambience of Maderia was beautiful, the people were so friendly! Do go into the Old Town of Funchal to eat, the side streets are an experience in its self to choose a restaurant!! A must is the Cable car and the toboggan is truly hair-raising but unforgettable (no worries the guys have total control) Most of all this Island is a Gardeners Paradise with the most beautiful Gardens to visit, the people who work on them should be so proud of themselves. Do go and have afternoon tea at Reid's Hotel another wonderful experience!

The best thing about my stay was ...

The Charm

10/10 Amazing

23 August 2011

MADEIRA-FUNCHAL FOOTBALL FUN

GREAT CITY CLEAN AND FRIENDLY BARS AND RESTAURANTS OF A GOOD STANDARD AND GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY.LOTS TOO SEE OR JUST CHILL.

The best thing about my stay was ...

CLEAN STREETS AND GOOD VALUE

10/10 Amazing

19 November 2013

Very clean, safe and lovely people

A nice walk from our hotel with great views over the harbour. Lovely to wander through the outdoor market and have a coffee. Great street entertainment.

The best thing about my stay was ...

The friendly people, the old own and great restaurant

10/10 Amazing

17 July 2011

FRIENDLY

Great place for chilling out. Much cheaper to east out than Spain

The best thing about my stay was ...

quality and choice of restaurants

10/10 Amazing

03 May 2012

gorgeous city

very beautiful flowers everywhere and friendly locals cheap dinning and drinking great for family and singles holiday

The best thing about my stay was ...

beautiful sights

10/10 Amazing

06 April 2017

A lovely place to visit.

Madeira is ideal for anyone who likes walking and visiting gardens. Everywhere clean and tidy. Flowers in abundance. Everyone friendly and helpful. Lots of choice to sit for a coffee, a snack or something more substantial all at reasonable prices.

The best thing about my stay was ...

Garden visits and walks

10/10 Amazing

26 March 2017

island beautiful

Funchal is the capital of the island of Madeira, the historic center is very picturesque, the island is beautiful, nature is beautiful and unspoilt, you can do many excursions that are well organized, the Lido area is full of beautiful hotels, the climate is to spring for the whole year

The best thing about my stay was ...

nature

10/10 Amazing

20 September 2011

Beautiful place to visit!

Just a few points to help you:- Transport from the airport - a taxi will cost approx 30 Euros whereas the Aerobus which is avaible right outside the airport only costs 7.50 Euros return pp. Restaurants - in the old town (cobbled streets) are located in two streets and they are all much the same. We had a fantastic meal in Xarambinha (pasta) but all other dishes looked good. Staff really friendly and really generous portions (throughout all the restaurants). Restaurant Le Jardin, Estrala Do Mar and Sao Jose are other restaurants that we ate in and enjoyed the food. Majority do have set menus which are all excellent value for money (approx 15 Euros pp). Cable Car - 24 Euros return which includes entrance to the Monte Gardens, which is well worth a visit. Its beautiful and very peaceful but allow a few hours to really enjoy them. A single is 15 Euros and entrance to the gardens is 10 Euros, so buying the join ticket doesn't save much. Tobaggons - this is definitely worth a go. 30 Euros for 2 people and its quite a long ride but when you get to the bottom you have two choices. If you've bought a return cable car ticket and need to get back to the top there are taxis but they're expensive. We paid 10 Euros although that came down from 15 Euros. Or you can walk back into Funchal, which is quite a way and steep but as we didn't do it, i can't comment any further. Sightseeing buses - There are 2, the red bus and the yellow/blus bus. We chose the yellow/blue bus as its ran by a Portuguese company rather than the red bus which you can find in most cities. However, they both do the same routes and both cost 12 Euros pp which is excellent value as they are both valid for 2 days!. The coastal walk from the Lido back to the old town is also a lovely walk. Madeira is a beautiful place and definitely worth a visit - weather is fantastic, its very green and the people are very friendly. You need to be mobile though as lots of hills!

10/10 Amazing

23 August 2011

Ilha muito interessante!

Pena não ter conhecido a Madeira mais cedo! é de facto um monumento à natureza: flores e plantas brotam em cada esquina e o clima temperado é de facto muito agradável. O facto de não possuir praias de areia fina é, de facto, uma desvantagem, o que faz com que nos fiquemos pela piscina... Por outro lado afasta um turismo de massas e de noite desenfriado característico de outras ilhas. Os restaurantes são muito tradicionalistas, mas talvez demasiado turísticos... Todos serem mais ou menos a mesma coisa (espetada, atum, espada, etc) e têm um lamentável funcionário à entrada a convidar as pessoas a entrar. Curiosamente os resaurantes em que jantamos melhor e estavam cheios, não tinham empregados à porta, o que dá um sinal se que a qualidade não precisa de ser publicitada dessa forma. Passear no centro do funchal, visitar os jardins e alugar um carro para conhecer esta ilha monumental é obrigatório. Outras coisas se podem fazer, como andar de barco, nas cestas ou teleférico. Obrigatório: Mercado dos lavradores, poncha, bolo do caco, espetada em pau de loureiro, bananas, espada, atum, jardim botanico, maracujá, batata doce, vinho da madeira, flores, ...

The best thing about my stay was ...

Natureza

10/10 Amazing

26 November 2011

a beautiful city in a natural amphitheatre

a proper working city but with lots for the holidaymaker to do and visit. a cultural and gastronomic gem

The best thing about my stay was ...

its people. so friendly and welcoming

9/10 Fantastic

13 March 2018

Funchal is a well balanced resort, with a mixture of luxury and good basic Madeira aspects

Funchal is a busy town with plenty of facilities, beaches, harbour, old town, restaurants etc. But in early March, there is a lot of cloud and its often better to get to the other side of the island where sun is shining. This means a hire car is a strong favourite, although roads are narrow, twisty and can be challenging. The island has some stunning scenery and fabulous walking

The best thing about my stay was ...

Walking on nortside of Madeira

9/10 Fantastic

10 June 2017

MADEIRA & FUNCHAL

Fabulous place to visit. Compact, but massively diverse place to explore. Lots to do and see, para gliding, diving, fishing, riding, walking, casino, café's, restaurants, and much more. Feels very safe, good police presence, english widely spoken, prices good considering pretty much everything has to be imported. Wide range of good hotels to suit your pocket. Tourism major, if not main source of income, so locals generally really helpful. Sales touts for tours and restaurants are plentiful, generally helpful, honest, and not too pushy (just don't forget it is their job to sell). Weather good, lot of wind and rain, as you would expect from an island stuck 400 miles out in the atlantic, but this means things are green and clean. Watch out for the sun, cloud cover, doesn't mean sun cover. Definitely a place to revisit, but probably not between July and September (too hot), though they don't seem to have a particular high or low season...some just like it hot. Downside, longish flight compared to Spanish Costas, but worth it.

The best thing about my stay was ...

Casino, eating out, gelati

8/10 Great

27 July 2013

Lovely City

Tourism and Functioning city blend perfectly together, lots of restaurants, bars and cafes. Easy and safe to get around.

The best thing about my stay was ...

Buildings and little streets

8/10 Great

25 March 2018

Funchal Old town

An interesting historic town in a lovely seafront harbour setting

The best thing about my stay was ...

People, in a safe friendly Old town, great parks and gardens

8/10 Great

17 November 2011

Funchal

Nice town with good bus service to all parts of Island

8/10 Great

29 March 2011

Nice place to wander around - plent of places to eat

Whether you just like ambling around the town and the various gardens or more strenuous walks in the hills - everything is lush and green with a most agreeable climate! The regular fruit, flower and veg market is a riot of colour. Only downside is the traffic which can be quite bad close to the town.