The Old Town of Funchal was the first Portuguese neighborhood outside the European Continent. Right away, a community of fishermen and seafarers was created. For centuries, this people lived in very precarious conditions. The Old Town of Funchal got to the beginning of the 21st Century as the area to avoid. Thanks to people with knowledge of other Old Towns in Europe and with a great vision, Zona Velha do Funchal has gained a new face, a new dynamic and today, it is a mandatory place to visit, not only for visitors, but also for locals.
Beautiful painted doors with art make Rua Santa Maria and the Old Town a unique outdoor gallery.
Before we get to the Old Town, we will show you the first fort built in Funchal and share with you the many changes it has seen over the centuries. We will tell you the story of (possibly) the most popular drink in Madeira and recommend the best bars in Funchal where you can try it.
Floods are part of the Madeiran History, a force of nature feared by the locals. Many attempts have been made to try and minimize the consequences of these events. Some of these events have been so catastrophic that people came up with supernatural explanations for it!
This tours ends in the Old Town, in Barreirinha, 5 minutes away from the cable car.
We look forward to show you this amazing part of town!
These are the Old Town Tour highlights:
The Old Town Tour takes place on:
Language: The commentary on these tours is in English.
Inside Parque Santa Catarina, in front of the white chapel. Look for the yellow umbrella with the company’s logo and check in with the guide