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.
What to Expect
Meet your guide at Naturalmente Português - History Tellers in La Vie Shopping Centre 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.
Christmas is one of the major celebrations in Madeira with preparations starting very early. Colourful lights illuminate the streets where you can find people selling seasonal fruit, local ferns, pine trees, and climbing butcher's broom (Semele androgyna - a native plant from Laurissilva). This festive atmosphere continues until Epiphany (the Twelfth Night of Christmas).
Throughout December, Madeiran Heritage – the University of Madeira Students’ Union’s cultural and touristic initiative – offers a special Christmas tour through the streets of Funchal. These night tours cross the city centre giving visitors the chance to experience some of Madeira’s Christmas spirit while learning about local traditions and their historical origins.
What's Not Included
- Hotel pick-up and drop off
- Food and beverages
- Any personal expenses
Know Before You Go
• Your walking tour will be guided by a former university student integrated into the History Tellers project, developed at the University of Madeira. This project has an important solidarity component
• Be sure to wear comfortable shoes
• The Madeiran Heritage Christmas tours are 90 minutes long, starting at 17:00 or 19:00, Monday to Friday. They are available in Portuguese, English, French, German, and Spanish.