Tours & activities in Funchal
"Lost" in the middle of the Atlantic ocean, Madeira's history it's very rich.
On this tour, we will discover it through the histories of the people that are an important part of it, like Gonçalves Zarco and Infante D. Henrique.
We will discover why Funchal was an important harbor of the world and was a place to treat some diseases.
Come with me to discover Funchal, the main city of Madeira 🙂
Funchal is the Capital of the Archipelago of Madeira, the first place the Portuguese settled overseas in the 15th, in the Age of Discoveries. Soon, Funchal became a very important harbor in the Atlantic, as many ships stopped over to get supplies. It was in Madeira that the mass production of sugar started. Madeira supplied sugar to Europe in the 15th, 16th and part of the 17th Century. The sugar trades brought a lot of wealth to the Island, which attracted many foreigners. Some just passing by, a lot of them settling here. Christopher Colombus was in Madeira for the first time in 1478 due to a sugar trade and then lived on the Archipelago for about 2 years, as he married a local lady. With the decline of the sugar trades in Madeira, the Wine industry took over. The fortified Madeira Wine in known worldwide and, according to Thomas Jefferson, it is the wine of every civilized man! Funchal is also the hometown of the Football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo! Want to know more? Join our tours!
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 in Funchal. 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 dynamics and today, it is a mandatory place to visit, not only for visitors, but also for locals. On this tour, we will see the two main Forts of Funchal (Forte de São Lourenço and Forte de São Tiago), The Legislative Assembly, the Pillory Square, some of the painted doors in Rua Santa Maria and end the tour on the beautiful viewpoint of Barreirinha.
English (Portuguese version below):
Funchal is over 500 years old and has a lot of history inherent to the fact that it is an island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
It was the first place where the Portuguese settled in the Age of Discovery.
Madeira was also the testing ground for the mass production of sugar and it was Madeirans who went around the world to start sugar production in several countries.
Initially, a monster shrouded in mist in the eyes of 16th century navigators to a tourist paradise in the 21st century!
During this tour, we will discover
- The historical area and the main monuments.
- Madeira Island's history from its discovery to the attacks and pillaging!
- Curiosities about Madeirans and their land.
- Places to visit and places to discover our gastronomy.
- Tricks to improve your stay on this fantastic island.
- And a Gamsse!
Our team runs all our tours with great delivery and wants your experience to be the best!
At the end of the tour, you decide how much we deserve!
Madeira fue el primer lugar colonizado por los portugueses en la Era de los Descubrimientos.
Fue un punto estratégico en el Atlántico durante siglos y desde muy hace mucho estuvo influenciado por las más diversas culturas.
¡También hay sufrió un violento ataque de corsarios en 1566 que duró 16 días!
¡Ven y descubre la evolución que el comercio del azúcar, el comercio del vino de Madeira y el turismo han traído a Madeira en este tour en portugués y español!
Aconsejamos calzado cómodo, agua y protector solar a todos los interesados en participar en este tour.
Este tour no es apto para cochecitos o personas en silla de ruedas.
Durante este recorrido descubriremos:
El casco histórico y los principales monumentos.
¡La historia de la isla de Madeira, desde su descubrimiento hasta los ataques y saqueos!
Curiosidades sobre los madeirenses y su tierra.
Lugares para visitar y lugares para descubrir nuestra gastronomía.
Trucos para mejorar tu estancia en esta fantástica isla.