Funchal

A picturesque bay protected by sloping mountains
The majestic Church of the Incarnation
The Cabo Girão cliffs

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Funchal/Madeira

Tasting the flavour of the rebuçados de funcho

As you arrive in Funchal on an MSC cruise, your ship will cast anchor in a bay protected by mountains rising straight up behind the port. The name, Funchal, derives from that of the fennel plant, the funcho still used today in the traditional sweets known as rebuçados de funcho, that one can find anywhere on the island of Madeira.
 
An excursion will take you around the town centre, to visit historic churches, from the A Sé Cathedral, with its inlaid ceiling, to the majestic Church of the Incarnation, to the church of Carmo without a vault.

Another MSC excursion will take you up to the village of Monte, from where one can admire a spectacular view of the Funchal bay. You can visit its 18th century church and the tomb of the last Austrian emperor, Charles I, and stroll around the magnificent botanic gardens. But if you like heights, there’s nothing more impressive than the Cabo Girão and its 589 metre tall cliffs, amongst the highest in the world, at the foot of which lie the cultivated lands known as Fajãs do Cabo Girão.

If you’re looking for an equipped beach during your MSC cruise, another excursion will take you to Machico. Founded in the 15th century, it hosts the oldest religious building on the island, the Capela dos Milagres, and the fortresses of São João Baptista and Nossa Senhora do Amparo built in the beginning of the 16th century.

The more lively tourist attraction is instead in Calheta, on the south-west coast. Splendid yachts cruising across the Atlantic are moored in the port and if you want to go for a swim there are two beautiful beaches of golden sand; in spite of the modern structures Calheta dates back to the mid-15th century. This is where they make the “Aguardente”, the best white rhum, and fundamental ingredient of Madeira’s typical drink, the “Poncha” .

Must see places in Funchal

Discover our excursions

7 resultater fundet

  • EXPLORING FUNCHAL BY 4X4

    AKTIV & EVENTYR
    • Ingen guide til rådighed

    • Begrænsede pladser

    • Kan indeholde bakker, trin, ujævne overflader og/eller lange perioder, hvor man er nødt til at stå op

      Sværhedsgrad
      Middel

    • Varighed
      4 h

    • Fra voksenDKK515Pris per person

    • Fra barnDKK365Pris per person

    FUN09

    The historical city of Funchal has been Madeira’s capital for more than 500 years and its greater municipal area is also home to a panoply of untouched natural beauty that this exciting road trip in a 4x4 will give you a chance to experience at first hand. Once settled in your modern jeep, you will make your way inland through one of Madeira’s most enchanting forest regions, whose abundance of wild fennel also gave Funchal its name. As you travel along a pleasantly meandering and undulating route, you can sit back and savour amazing views of mountain peaks and verdant valleys – and capture some fabulous vistas for posterity during numerous photo stops. Largely hidden by the mountainous topology of this volcanic island, these secluded areas and protected natural habitats promise to give you an authentic taste of the island in its purest form, “essence of Madeira”, if you will. Your essential exploration of Madeira’s scenic interior and celebration of off-road driving ends with your return to the ship, richer in experiences and memories. Please note: this tour is unsuitable for pregnant women, for guests with mobility, back or neck problems or for wheelchair users. Guests must be at least 13 years of age to take part. The driver will provide information in DNKlish only.
  • DISCOVERING FUNCHAL

    BYTUR
    • Shopping

    • Sværhedsgrad: Svær: Aktive ture anbefales kun til gæster i god fysisk form

      Sværhedsgrad
      Sværhedsgrad: Svær: Aktive ture anbefales kun til gæster i god fysisk form

    • Varighed
      4 h

    • Fra voksenDKK389Pris per person

    • Fra barnDKK292Pris per person

    FUN05

    Your discovery tour of Funchal, the capital of Madeira, begins with a drive to the village of Monte and the mid-18th-century church of Nossa Senhora do Monte, a popular Catholic pilgrimage site, along with its beautiful gardens. Have your camera poised for the next leg: a ride on Madeira’s cable car service from Monte to Funchal, though short, promises spectacular views of Funchal bay. The lush vegetation found in the Botanical Gardens, including both indigenous and other varieties, comprises more than 2,000 plants. A chance to enjoy the sights, sounds and aromas of the local produce market is next, after which the tour ends with a visit to a nearby embroidery factory. Please note: comfortable shoes and a coat recommended. This tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair. Have the visit to “Nossa SeDNKa da Monte” church reconfirmed during your cruise. There will be no visit to the market on Sunday calls. Conservative attire recommended for visiting sites of religious importance. To visit the church, guests shall be able to negotiate 171 steps up and 68 steps down.
  • PICO DOS BARCELOS

    NATURLIGE UNDERVÆRKER
    • Inkluderer prøvesmagning

    • Kan indeholde bakker, trin, ujævne overflader og/eller lange perioder, hvor man er nødt til at stå op

      Sværhedsgrad
      Middel

    • Varighed
      3:30 h

    • Fra voksenDKK389Pris per person

    • Fra barnDKK292Pris per person

    FUN01

    Leave the vessel and get ready to fall in love with the lush landscape of Madeira. A coach drive will take you to Pico dos Barcelos from where we can admire breathtaking views over the island of Madeira. Continue to Monte and visit to “Nossa SeDNKa da Monte” church. We will indulge in the fun local past-time of toboggan riding as we take ride in a wicker chariot through the streets! The pace changes at Livramento point where we will visit an embroidery factory. During the tour, you will have the chance to sample some of the local Madeira wines. Please note: the toboggan station may be crowded and it may be necessary to wait and/or queue before getting in. Comfortable shoes and a coat recommended. This tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair. Have the visit to “Nossa SeDNKa da Monte” church reconfirmed during your cruise. Conservative attire recommended for visiting sites of religious importance. To visit the church, guests shall be able to negotiate 171 steps up and 68 steps down.
  • CABO GIRAO & RIBEIRA BRAVA

    NATURSKØNNE VEJE
    • Inkluderer prøvesmagning

    • Udflugt tilpasset til kørestolsbrugere og handicappede - Gæster i kørestole skal være ledsaget af sin egen assistent for at komme på/af bussen. Kørestolen skal være sammenklappelig, fordi bussen ikke har ramper eller elevatorer. Kontakt venligst udflugtspersonalet (Excursions Desk) så snart du kommer om bord, så de kan hjælpe dig.

    • Begrænsede pladser

    • Kan indeholde et mindre antal trin, ujævne overflader og/eller længere perioder, hvor man er nødt til at stå op

      Sværhedsgrad
      Let

    • Varighed
      4 h

    • Fra voksenDKK315Pris per person

    • Fra barnDKK239Pris per person

    FUN04

    After first heading to the Pico da Torre vantage point for the paDNKamic view, the excursion then continues up to Cabo Girão, which is the world’s second-highest seacliff. The outlook from the safety railings is out of this world and a great place from which to take photos, but is equally lovely from a little way back. After an opportunity to try the local speciality – a tasty cocktail called poncha – and take in the scenery, the final leg on the tour begins with a 1-hour drive to Ribeira Brava. Situated on the southwest of Madeira, the pretty, little town is a hive of street cafés and shops. It is believed the town’s name derived from the wild (Brava) river (Ribeira) that once flowed through the area. Your tour concludes with your return to Funchal and the ship. Please note: comfortable shoes and a coat recommended. Guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp DNK a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made.
  • FAIAL

    NATURSKØNNE VEJE
    • Frokost eller middag inkluderet

    • Inkluderer prøvesmagning

    • Udflugt tilpasset til kørestolsbrugere og handicappede - Gæster i kørestole skal være ledsaget af sin egen assistent for at komme på/af bussen. Kørestolen skal være sammenklappelig, fordi bussen ikke har ramper eller elevatorer. Kontakt venligst udflugtspersonalet (Excursions Desk) så snart du kommer om bord, så de kan hjælpe dig.

    • Begrænsede pladser

    • Kan indeholde et mindre antal trin, ujævne overflader og/eller længere perioder, hvor man er nødt til at stå op

      Sværhedsgrad
      Let

    • Varighed
      7 h

    • Fra voksenDKK685Pris per person

    • Fra barnDKK485Pris per person

    FUN02

    Starting out from the port of Funchal, the capital of the verdant island of Madeira, the tour first takes you to Terreiro de Luta, Poiso and Pico de Areeiro for breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. The excursion continues with a visit to a local trout farm in Ribeiro Frio – which means cold river in Portuguese – and a scenic drive through sugar cane plantations up to Faial, a pretty village located along Madeira’s northern coastline. The tour then continues on to Machico, a historical fishing village, before heading for Portela in the north of the island near Porto da Cruz. An enjoyable wine-tasting session awaits you here, one of the certain highlights of the tour. There will also be time to relax over a delicious lunch. Your tour ends with your return to the ship. Please note: comfortable shoes and a coat recommended. This excursion is unsuitable for guests with heart problems due to the height reached. Guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made.
  • OVERVIEW OF FUNCHAL

    NATURSKØNNE VEJE
    • Ingen guide til rådighed

    • Udflugt tilpasset til kørestolsbrugere og handicappede - Gæster i kørestole skal være ledsaget af sin egen assistent for at komme på/af bussen. Kørestolen skal være sammenklappelig, fordi bussen ikke har ramper eller elevatorer. Kontakt venligst udflugtspersonalet (Excursions Desk) så snart du kommer om bord, så de kan hjælpe dig.

    • Kan indeholde et mindre antal trin, ujævne overflader og/eller længere perioder, hvor man er nødt til at stå op

      Sværhedsgrad
      Let

    • Varighed
      4 h

    • Fra voksenDKK239Pris per person

    • Fra barnDKK239Pris per person

    FUN13

    Take yourself off on a leisurely half-day jaunt around lovely Madeira and also spend some time in the city of Funchal on a tour that begins with a coach ride across the island to reach your first destination: the belvedere of Pico dos Barcelos. You’ll have a bit of time to soak up amazing views of the island during a photo stop before you move on to Cabo Girão, the world’s second highest cliff. You can choose whether to venture right up to the safety railings or enjoy the view from a little farther back, either way this is a great spot to take photos. Last up on the tour is the vantage point of Pico da Torre, which affords all-round vistas of the parish of Câmara de Lobos from about 205 m/670 ft. above mean sea level. On your return to Funchal, time will be yours to spend in town on your own before you return to the ship. Please note: guests are recommended to wear a coat. Guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp DNK a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made.
  • EIRA DO SERRADO, MONTE & CABLE CAR

    NOGET SÆRLIGT
    • Inkluderer prøvesmagning

    • Kan indeholde bakker, trin, ujævne overflader og/eller lange perioder, hvor man er nødt til at stå op

      Sværhedsgrad
      Middel

    • Varighed
      4 h

    • Fra voksenDKK389Pris per person

    • Fra barnDKK292Pris per person

    FUN03

    An approx. 30-minute coach drive brings you to Eira do Serrado for a short stop to look around. Perched at a height of 1,026 metres above sea level, the place offers gorgeous views of the surrounding mountains and the village lying in Nun’s Valley below. Next up is the village of Monte, situated high in the hills, to visit the Catholic pilgrimage site of Nossa Senhora do Monte, a church with beautiful gardens full of the typical lush vegetation that thrives in Madeira’s exceptional microclimate. Be prepared for jaw-dropping views as you take the cable car down from Monte back to Funchal. This is a perfect opportunity to take photos and capture these special vistas for your memory book. There will also be time to shop, visit a local embroidery factory and participate in a wine-tasting session. Please note: comfortable shoes and a coat recommended. This tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair. Have the visit to “Nossa SeDNKa da Monte” reconfirmed during your cruise. Conservative attire recommended for visiting sites of religious importance. To visit the church, guests shall be able to negotiate 171 steps up and 68 steps down.

The excursions in the programme are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this programme is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise. Shore excursions programs and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.
 
Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

Reach the port

Port of Funchal

This section contains information on how to reach the port.

Cruise Terminal:

Cais Sul Avenida Sà Carneiro (South Terminal)

Reach the port by

  • Car

    The port is open to motor vehicles between 8:00 am and 23:00 pm.
    Follow the signs for Funchal and Port or Pontinha.
    Car
  • Plane

    Madeira Airport is less than a half-hour drive from Funchal’s city centre and port. There is a taxi rank immediately outside the airport building. 
    A bus service operated by the company SAM runs hourly at most times of the day, travelling from the airport to Funchal city centre and port.
    Plane

Portugal

Golden beaches and coloured azulejos
Golden beaches and coloured azulejos

Once a powerful seafaring kingdom that dominated the merchant routes to Africa, South America and the Orient, Portugal today is a friendly, low-key place with a laidback vibe and a fantastic coastline, much of it fringed by golden sands and endless dunes.

Many of these beaches extend as far as the eye can see, and are rarely busy even in high summer, but as they face the full power of the Atlantic, they can be dangerous for swimming. 


Its rolling interior is perfect for exploring on foot, by kayak, by bike or even on horseback – though a large part of the country’s charm comes from languorous days on the beach, dining on fabulously fresh seafood and kicking back with a beer to watch the sunset over the Atlantic. 


During a holiday to Portugal legacy of its former wealth and power can be seen in its historic cities; Lisbon, superbly sited on the Tejo river estuary, is popular today for its grand Manueline monuments and medieval alleyways. 


A cruise to Portugal is also a good chance to visit Funchal, the capital of the Portuguese island of Madeira in the Atlantic Ocean.