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  • Overview

    Approximately half the island’s population lives in Funchal and the centre of town is especially busy where the 16th century streets attempt to cope with 21st century traffic! Funchal is a great location for those looking for things to do in Madeira. Most of the hotels are located west of the city centre at Funchal Lido – an important tourist area with shops, restaurants and cafes.

    The style is changing, however, with colonial mansions being converted into luxurious hotels although many enclaves and the port still retain an old fashioned feel mixed with the commercial buzz of its working environment and the port area provides a fabulous vantage point to gaze at the rich (and sometimes famous) as cruise ships moor up for their overnight stops.

    Getting Around

    Funchal, as with many capital cities, can suffer from busy traffic at certain times of the day and in some areas traffic noise will be apparent. Car parking in the centre can sometimes prove difficult and many of our featured hotels in Funchal offer courtesy transport to and from the centre of the capital so saving visitors from the stresses of parking in the busy streets.

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Approximately half the island’s population lives in Funchal and the centre of town is especially busy where the 16th century streets attempt to cope with 21st century traffic! Funchal is a great location for those looking for things to do in Madeira. Most of the hotels are located west of the city centre at Funchal Lido – an important tourist area with shops, restaurants and cafes.

The style is changing, however, with colonial mansions being converted into luxurious hotels although many enclaves and the port still retain an old fashioned feel mixed with the commercial buzz of its working environment and the port area provides a fabulous vantage point to gaze at the rich (and sometimes famous) as cruise ships moor up for their overnight stops.

Getting Around

Funchal, as with many capital cities, can suffer from busy traffic at certain times of the day and in some areas traffic noise will be apparent. Car parking in the centre can sometimes prove difficult and many of our featured hotels in Funchal offer courtesy transport to and from the centre of the capital so saving visitors from the stresses of parking in the busy streets.

Local Information

Language:
Portuguese
Currency:
Euro
Local time:
GMT + 1 hour
Local airport:
Funchal
Flight time:
3 hours 36 minutes

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Featured hotels

The Cliff Bay

5 Star

The Cliff Bay enjoys a superb location perched on the cliff top with the majority of rooms overlooking the ocean

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Porto Santa Maria

4 Star

Porto Santa Maria is located on the ocean front next to a beautiful 17th century fortress and is surrounded by sub-tropical gardens creating a relaxed environment

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Belmond Reid's Palace

5 Star Deluxe

Set in ten acres of beautiful gardens and with enviable views over the Atlantic, Belmond Reid’s Palace enjoys a superb location in Funchal.

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Quinta da Penha de Franca

Albergaria 4 Star

Located in a central part of Funchal overlooking the port and next to a tiny church, this charming quinta, which is full of character

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Featured hotels

The Cliff Bay

5 Star

The Cliff Bay enjoys a superb location perched on the cliff top with the majority of rooms overlooking the ocean

Porto Santa Maria

4 Star

Porto Santa Maria is located on the ocean front next to a beautiful 17th century fortress and is surrounded by sub-tropical gardens creating a relaxed environment

Belmond Reid's Palace

5 Star Deluxe

Set in ten acres of beautiful gardens and with enviable views over the Atlantic, Belmond Reid’s Palace enjoys a superb location in Funchal.

Quinta da Penha de Franca

Albergaria 4 Star

Located in a central part of Funchal overlooking the port and next to a tiny church, this charming quinta, which is full of character

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Local Information

Language:
Portuguese
Currency:
Euro
Local time:
GMT + 1 hour
Local airport:
Funchal
Flight time:
3 hours 36 minutes

Weather

40

30

20

10

0

J F M A M J J A S O N D
7 7 8 9 10 10 11 10 8 8 7 7
Average daily hours of sun

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