Funchal Holidays

from £111 per person

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Fantastic Funchal holidays 2021

From the quaint historic town to awe-inspiring natural beauty, holidays in Funchal are an irresistible blend of dramatic and delightful.

An oasis of green surrounded by sparkling blue ocean, the Portuguese island of Madeira has earned its reputation as the Pearl of the Atlantic. Its capital city? Funchal, a coastal gem where picturesque mountain peaks, lush botanical gardens and a keen sense of history combine. Sprinkle in a subtropical climate and you’ll soon see why package holidays to Funchal are a blissful bolthole at any time of year.

Mammoth mountains near Funchal

Cast your eyes upwards on holiday in Funchal and the city’s stunning mountain backdrop gazes right back at you. The pine-smothered valleys and rugged peaks of Pico do Arieiro are home to a network of magnificent hiking trails, while Miradouro do Juncal viewpoint is a favourite spot to watch the sunrise. Forgot your walking boots? No problem! Accessible roads right to the top of Pico do Arieiro suit every appetite for adventure.

Why book Funchal holidays

Explore the local markets

Bustling Mercado dos Lavradores even has a rooftop bar

Romantic spots

Gorgeous Santa Catarina Park with its stunning views of Funchal Bay

Top city attractions

Ride up Funchal’s cable car to Monte

Art & culture

We love the old town Painted Doors Project

Lush natural wonders

Visit the Botanical Gardens & Santa Catarina Park

Sample the local food

Passion fruit and fresh seafood aplenty!

Most popular Funchal hotels

Pestana Carlton Madeira

Pestana Carlton Madeira

Funchal, Madeira

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Residencial Monumental

Residencial Monumental

Funchal, Madeira

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Baia Azul

Baia Azul

Funchal, Madeira

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Enotel Lido Madeira

Enotel Lido Madeira

Funchal, Madeira

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Quinta Da Casa Branca Estalagem

Quinta Da Casa Branca Estalagem

Funchal, Madeira

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Savoy Palace

Savoy Palace

Funchal, Madeira

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Quinta Penha De Franca

Quinta Penha De Franca

Funchal, Madeira

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Hotel Orca Praia

Hotel Orca Praia

Funchal, Madeira

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Your guide to Funchal holidays

Local hotspots
Beaches in Funchal

Beaches in Funchal

Madeira island’s volcanic terrain and rocky outcrops promise unique days beside the seaside.

  • Pebbled Praia Formosa is the largest and most popular beach on the entire island. Waterfront restaurants are a tempting diversion, but the secret tunnel through the caves to the east is the real highlight.
  • Around the corner from Praia Formosa is the slightly more secluded Praia do Arieiro. The sunset views are superb, and best enjoyed atop the V-shaped rock jutting out to sea.
  • Doca do Cavacas natural pools may be small in size, but they’re big on appeal. This series of aquamarine swim holes are carved from volcanic rock and offer direct steps down into the ocean.
  • Little Praia São Tiago is nestled beside the eye-catching yellow fortress, Forte Sao Tiago. When you’re not swimming below the 17th century battlements, there’s a raised concrete deck for sunbathing.
  • Near Funchal’s Old Town, Barreirinha beach complex is dominated by an enormous sweeping sun terrace. Soak up the rays on a lounger then launch yourself into the Atlantic waters.
History and culture in Funchal

History and culture in Funchal

Holidays to Funchal are the perfect place to make the most of Madeira’s unique island identity.

  • Don’t be fooled by the humble exterior of Senhora do Monte church. Inside, this 18th century hilltop chapel is an ornate gold-gilded beauty, with prime panoramas over the city to boot.
  • Big fan of football? CR7 Museum pays homage to Madeira’s legendary son, Cristiano Ronaldo. Born in Funchal, it’s a tasteful display of the player’s achievements from Golden Boots to Champions League trophies.
  • The Gothic altars and carved ceilings of Funchal Cathedral are more than just pretty. Dating back to the early 16th century, it’s one of the few Madeira landmarks still surviving from this time period.
  • Portuguese explorer, João Gonçalves Zarco, helped discover Madeira island. You can visit his former home, Quinta das Cruzes, and wander among many fine works of art, interesting furniture and gardens.
  • Make the most of a cheap holiday to Funchal in April and catch the Madeira Flower Festival. It’s just as enchanting as it sounds with costumes, dances and flower-festooned parades.

What our local experts say

5 best things to do in Funchal

A holiday to Madeira isn’t complete without exploring the stunning capital city – Funchal. Located on the island’s south coast, in Funchal you’ll encounter endless gardens blooming with colour, a chance to discover the island from above in cable cars and amazing viewpoints which put the city ...

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Seven delightful days in Funchal

Seven delightful days in Funchal

The Portuguese island of Madeira is the perfect year-round destination, as its climate remains temperate throughout the season. Its capital, Funchal, occupies a picturesque spot on the south coast, with a backdrop of lush mountains, plenty of attractions and annual events that enchant visitors who experience them. From scenic walks ...

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Funchal weather

Funchal weather
Jan
17°C
Avg. Dry Days 12
Feb
17°C
Avg. Dry Days 10
Mar
17°C
Avg. Dry Days 13
Apr
17°C
Avg. Dry Days 15
Nov
20°C
Avg. Dry Days 9
Dec
19°C
Avg. Dry Days 13

Your Funchal questions answered

When is the best time to visit Funchal?

Hot, dry summers and mild winters typify the weather in Funchal. Spring and autumn are favourite seasons to visit due to the comfortably warm temperatures. Funchal is also popular for winter sun as the nearby mountain peaks provide shelter from the wind.

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