About The City Sightseeing Funchal Bus Tour:
Funchal is the capital of the Portuguese island of Madeira and also serves as the central tourist spot on the main island. City Sightseeing offers a fantastic audio commentated hop-on hop-off bus tour around this little Atlantic metropolis. 20+ stops along 3 routes place next to prime landmarks, vantage points and areas of outstanding beauty.
Soak up the seaside views along Avenida do Mar, catch an exciting cable car ride up to lofty Monte and gaze down upon the orange rooftops from Pico dos Barcelos. Restaurants, shops and fragrant markets abound in this lively place, and you'll have up to 24-hours to peruse them all!
- All Year Round, Daily.
- Digital Audio: English, Portuguese, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Dutch, Swedish, Finnish, Danish, Norwegian, Chinese and Polish.
Tour Times / Frequency:
- Red + Green Route: 09:30 to 17:00, every 20 minutes.
- Blue Route: 09:45 to 17:15, every 20 minutes.
- Various, see Map Download.
- Red + Green Route: 1.5 Hours.
- Blue Route: 1 Hour.
Funchal packs a lot in for such a small place. Perhaps due to the pleasant climate and lush landscape it has been drawing settlers and later tourists since boats from Portugal first landed in 1419. The development put into this city over hundreds of years has turned it into a modern sightseers paradise, whether the focus be its plentiful Catholic churches, outbound nature trails or shoreline vistas.
Some of this tour's key highlights include the marina of Avenida do Mar. Sample a great seafood dish prepared from the ripe island produce and fresh Atlantic catches. At stop 3 you can hop-off and grab a cable car up to the hillside civil parish of Monte. Monte features the radiant Tropical Palace Gardens as well as an exhilarating opportunity to take a racy toboggan ride down long winding slopes.
An interesting sight for any follower of Real Madrid or the Portuguese National Team is the bronze Cristiano Ronaldo statue located outside the CR7 Museum. This 3.4m likeness was just unveiled towards the end of December 2014 and it now stands as an interesting landmark for any football pilgrim. Visit it by hopping-off at stop 8/11 and taking a short walk down Rua Princesa Dona Amelia.
Always popular with visitors is the Workers' Market, or 'Mercado dos Lavradores'. You'll be immersed in a profusion of sights, sounds and smells in this energetic and exotic place. Hospitable stall owners allow samples of their produce and buying is completely optional.
On your way up to the pinnacle vantage point of Pico dos Barcelos you can hop-off at the gorgeous Quinta Magnolia public park, which houses an eclectic variety of indigenous flora and contains sporting facilities for tennis, swimming and squash. Pico dos Barcelos represents the literal high point of the tour, as you stand far above the coastal urban area below and savour your excellent choice of holiday destination.
Finally, don't miss the picturesque seaside town of Camara de Lobos (19), the iconic São Martinho Church (10) and the sunny Lido Promenade (16).