7 January 2022 | 7 nights | 2 people

About Funchal

Funchal hosts all sorts of adventurers in the island paradise. Madeira's capital serves as a base from which to walk the dramatic terrain, climb a volcanic mountain or fish for blue marlin in the Atlantic Ocean. After exploring Madeira, the compact city is the perfect place to relax in a café or shop for handmade crafts.

Food and drink

Madeira specialities include fish dishes such as espada com banana (black scabbard fish with banana) and caldeirada (fish soup), as well as other meat entrees like espetada (grilled beef on laurel wood). The island also offers its world-famous wine in four grape varieties, including Malvasia and Bual.

Shopping

The Mercado dos Lavradores (Worker's Market) is your one-stop shopping destination for fresh produce alongside local crafts like tapestries and embroidery. Take home some Funchal folk art or wickerwork made in nearby Camacha, and don't forget a bottle of Madeira wine.

Things to see and do

  • Levada Walks - The best way to experience the island's wondrous terrain is to hike its numerous nature trails over hills, volcanic mountains and along its cliff shores.
  • Madeira Botanical Gardens - More than 2,000 plants - and parakeets and parrots - dot these hillside gardens 3 kilometres from downtown Funchal.
  • Sé Cathedral - A rustic 15th-century church with a carved cedar ceiling, Gothic arches and baroque altars.
  • Blandy's Wine Lodge - The working winery gives tours that finish with wine tastings.
  • Sacred Art Museum - An extensive collection of Flemish masterpieces acquired during Madeira's sugar trade.
  • Ride the Monte Cable Car for the most picturesque transport to the top of Monte. Then toboggan back to Funchal in a 2-person wicker basket on wooden runners.
  • Go horseback riding up into the mountains for dramatic views at high altitude.
  • Fish for a blue marlin or long-tail tuna off the Madeira coast.
  • Take scuba-diving lessons or go snorkeling in the Bay of Funchal.

Weather in Funchal

Our month-by-month guide to the weather and climate in Funchal

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Funchal weather in

January
17.3

Funchal weather in

February
17.4

Funchal weather in

March
17.9

Funchal weather in

April
18.9

Funchal weather in

May
20.5

Funchal weather in

June
22.0

Funchal weather in

July
23.1

Funchal weather in

August
23.1

Funchal weather in

September
22.5

Funchal weather in

October
20.5

Funchal weather in

November
19.3

Funchal weather in

December