Landmarks Tour in Funchal (Self Guided), Funchal

Every city in the world has some remarkable landmarks and Funchal is no exception. Most of the landmarks, such as the Sé Cathedral, are important historical and cultural places. The others, such as the statue of Joao Zarco or the monument of Christopher Columbus, contributed in shaping the island’s history. Take this walking tour to enjoy some of the best landmarks in Funchal.
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Landmarks Tour in Funchal Map

Guide Name: Landmarks Tour in Funchal
Guide Location: Portugal » Funchal (See other walking tours in Funchal)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 Km or 1.3 Miles
Author: john
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Praça do Colombo
  • Sé Catedral do Funchal
  • Câmara Municipal
  • Praça do Município
  • Estátua de João Gonçalves Zarco
  • Avenida do Mar
  • Estátua de Cristóvão Colombo
  • Cemitério dos Ingleses
Praça do Colombo

1) Praça do Colombo

Praça do Colombo is a very famous square in Funchal. Set among colonial style houses, it played a vital role in shaping Madeira’s history. Near the square is the Sugar Museum, located in the former house of Joao Esmeraldo, a friend of Christopher Columbus. Around the square you will find some interesting shops, restaurants, bars and tea houses.
Sé Catedral do Funchal

2) Sé Catedral do Funchal (must see)

Sé Catedral do Funchal is among the top tourist attractions in Funchal. The cathedral was built in 1514 and is an architectural masterpiece that combines Arab-Hispanic and Gothic-Roman styles. The exterior is marked by a contrast of basalt with the whitewashed walls and a Gothic style main door. The interior has more of a Flemish influence, with the characteristic choir stalls and bishop's chairs.
Câmara Municipal

3) Câmara Municipal

Câmara Municipal is yet another important landmark in Funchal. The actual town hall was built in 1758 for a local landowner, Conde de Carvalhal. In the 1940s the building underwent some improvements, and was redecorated in a baroque style. Visit the central courtyard to admire the beautiful walls lined with azulejos.
Praça do Município

4) Praça do Município

Praça do Município is the main square in Funchal. It is considered one of prettiest squares in the city, with a fountain at its center, red-flowering tulip trees in one corner and in another some fine examples of the extraordinary kapok tree, the pods of which explode into giant cotton wool balls in spring.
Estátua de João Gonçalves Zarco

5) Estátua de João Gonçalves Zarco

The statue of João Gonçalves Zarco is dedicated to the memory of the noble knight who discovered Madeira Island a couple of centuries ago. The bronze statue was made by local artist, Francisco Franco. João Gonçalves got his nickname Zarco (the one-eyed) after he lost an eye fighting the Moors in Portugal’s wars of expansion.
Avenida do Mar

6) Avenida do Mar (must see)

Avenida do Mar is Funchal’s main seaside landmark attraction. The avenue boasts an impressive number of kiosk cafés and local restaurants, all lined up overlooking the sea. There are also some other sightseeing spots worth visiting on this avenue. The harborside features light brown sand, loads of yachts and ships, with pleasant places for a comfortable sit down to watch the crashing waves.
Estátua de Cristóvão Colombo

7) Estátua de Cristóvão Colombo

The statue of Christopher Columbus pays tribute to the famous navigator who lived on the island of Madeira for some time. It is made of bronze and is located in Santa Catarina Park. This statue is just one of the many things that commemorate the explorer’s presence on the island. Others include, the Columbus library, the Columbus House and Columbus’s ship the Santa Maria.
Cemitério dos Ingleses

8) Cemitério dos Ingleses

Cemitério dos Ingleses is a popular landmark in Funchal. The cemetery dates back to 1771, and was initially designed as a cemetery for foreigners only. In 1852 the area increased significantly, due to the British citizens residing on the island, and thus gained the present name of the Englishmen Cemetery. In this cemetery some notable personalities are buried, such as Richard Tomas Lowe and Paul Langenhans.

Walking Tours in Funchal, Portugal

Create Your Own Walk in Funchal

Create Your Own Walk in Funchal

Creating your own self-guided walk in Funchal is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Shopping Venues

Shopping Venues

Shopping in Funchal is an unforgettable experience as there are plenty of shopping venues that are sure to please anyone. The capital of Madeira has some good shopping malls, but the unique shopping adventure starts on the streets of Funchal, where you will find the finest local wine, beautiful embroidery and the best wicker products. Take this tour to explore the best shopping venues in Funchal.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 Km or 0.8 Miles
Historical Religious Buildings

Historical Religious Buildings

Madeira’s capital boasts a large number of churches that truly represent the historical and architectural value of this 500 year old city. The Sé Cathedral is just one of the spiritual places in Funchal, among its numerous religious treasures. This walking tour will take you to the most important religious sites in Funchal.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 Km or 2.1 Miles
Funchal Introduction Walking Tour

Funchal Introduction Walking Tour

Funchal, the capital of Portuguese Madeira archipelago, is a lovely sea town, renowned for its picturesque harbor, gardens and Madeira wine cellars, but even more so for its rich colonial heritage – forts, cathedrals, and castles. The most notable of them are the centuries-old Funchal Cathedral, a blend of Gothic and Romanesque styles with a masterly carved wooden ceiling, and the 17th century...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 Km or 2.2 Miles
Monte Walking Tour

Monte Walking Tour

Monte is a spectacular green area of Funchal, and also the favored destination of the island’s first tourists, who stopped en route to and from Africa and the Americas. Getting to and from Monte is half the fun: up on the cable car and down on an exhilarating dry toboggan run. The attractive hilltop area of Monte is 550 meters above sea level and is a six kilometer climb northeast of Funchal....  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 Km or 0.6 Miles
Colonial Architecture Tour

Colonial Architecture Tour

Funchal is a city with great traditions and beautiful architecture. The colonial architecture dates back to 1400 through 1800, the majority of which can be easily spotted in the old part of the city and other parts of the island of Madeira. The designs associated with this period include the fortresses, palaces, churches and some government buildings. Take this tour to discover the most popular...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 Km or 2.4 Miles