Madeira and Funchal Map
To know Funchal as a madeiran, we recommend you to:
Starting point: Start your day with a visit to the Madeira Story Centre and get a panoramic view over Madeira's History and culture.
As you come out of the Story Centre building, take your left and walk trough the Zona Velha (Old Town Funchal). In this part of town you should not miss the Capela do Corpo Santo; the Modern Art Museum, inside Forte de São Tiago (a 17th century fortress built to protect Funchal); and the Igreja do Socorro, just in front of the sea.
Return back and cross Rua de Santa Maria (one of the oldest streets in Funchal) until its end. Turn right to reach the Mercado dos Lavradores (Old Market), an absolute must for whoever visits town, with its fresh fruit, vegetables, flowers and tile decoration... cross the street (in front of the market) and walk through Rua Dr. Fernão de Ornelas, the busiest street in town, with many sought shops, like Bordal where you can purchase exquisite hand-made Madeira embroidery. Keep going until you reach Bazar do Povo, at its back in Travessa do Forno visit Fabrica Santo António. We are sure you will love it!!
Keep going to Largo do Chafariz from where you can view the beautiful Cathedral. Stop at Penha D’Aguia pastry shop, behind the Cathedral and be marvelled by the taste of madeiran pastry made at its best. With your back to the Cathedral’s front door, go straight ahead (Av. Arriaga) until you get to the statue of Zarco, in front of which you have the famous Golden Gate Cafe. On that same street, the Tourist Information Office and The Old Blandy Wine Lodge, where you are given guided tours through the process of wine-making and given a taste of Madeira wine.
Take a breath of fresh air at the Municipal Public Garden in front of which is the Municipal Theatre. Ahead is the statue of Prince Henry the Navigator in front of the roundabout. Behind that statue, is the Santa Catarina public garden, with its beautiful lake, old machinery, cafe and playground. Seek out for the statue of Christopher Columbus looking out West and the small chapel erected by Zarco’s wife - Constança. Further up, (Av.Infante) is Quinta Vigia, official residence of the President of the Autonomous Region Madeira and where Sissi “Empress of Austria once stayed. Head for the marina for a meal where there are a great number of fine restaurants and dishes to choose from.
Final Finish: After relaxing at your hotel, head back, towards Madeira Story Centre, for dinner in the Zona Velha (Old Town Funchal)
Starting point: Start your day in a calm environment at the Madeira Story Centre where you go through the centuries of Madeira’s fascinating History and culture. Sit down and enjoy the delicious cakes in the Story Cafe and take a gift home from the Story Centre’s unique shop.
When you leave the Story Centre you should stroll around the Jardim Almirante Reis garden in front of the Madeira Story Centre. Go along the main avenue near the coast line (Av. do Mar). Find the São Lourenço Palace on the other side of the road and go upwards passed Zarco’s statue. At the top turn left (Rua da Carreira) and go to Vicentes Photography Museum well worth your visit. Along Rua Câmara Pestana visit the Jesuit’s Church situated in the main square (Praça do Município) and where you have the City Hall, Museum of Religious Art and cafe.
Enjoy the beautiful paving along the way... Ahead is the Palace of Justice with a beautiful water fountain and female figure. Either turn up Rua 5 de Outubro to visit the Institute of Wine (Museum) or turn back to Rua da Carreira and through Rua das Pretas. Up this street you have a variety of places to visit: the Municipal Museum; Igreja de São Pedro; Casa Museu Frederico de Freitas; Convento de Santa Clara and Quinta das Cruzes full of unique antiquity. From there, make it up to the Forte do Pico through the road Calçada do Pico. Then, just work your way to the heart of the city, down Av. Calouste Gulbenkian.
Start your day off at Madeira Story Centre and get to know the Island’s remarkable origin and evolution in a breathtaking journey through time...
As you come out of the Story Centre, cross the garden (Jardim Almirante Reis) and reach the Madeira Cable Car station. Buy a trip on the cable car up to Monte (attention there is a combined ticket between the Story Centre and the Cable Car where you will save €€€). After reaching Monte you should not miss Monte Palace Gardens; Hotel Quinta do Monte, Nossa Senhora do Monte church and its steps, Largo da Fonte and the old Railway Terminus house, Quinta Jardins do Imperador and Monte gardens where you can sit and relax. To finish this journey to Monte you can not miss the sledge (toboggan). Enjoy the ride with lots of adrenaline….
Final Finish: If you still have strengths after reaching Funchal, you should visit the Botanical Gardens.