Fly To Funchal, Madeira

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Enjoy the mesmerizing scenery in one of Portugal’s most sought after island destiantions with cheap flights to Funchal, Madeira from South Africa with Travelstart – SA’s leading online travel agency. Fondly referred to as the “Atlantic Pearl”, Funchal offers travellers seeking an exotic vacation an eclectic mix of nature, tradition, and styled living. Funchal is deservedly the capital of Madeira Island, Portugal. Gazing at the Atlantic Ocean, the city is nestled in a lush green, amphitheatre-shaped valley surrounded by lush mountains. Sunny coasts and clear blue water fill the heart with a soaring calm. 
The comfortable climate of Funchal adds to the attraction of this Portuguese Island off the West coast of Africa. While the island enclave is cool during October-March with the temperature averaging between 20 °C and 25 °C, April-September are warmer with the average temperature being 21 °C and 26 °C. Rejuvenating greenery, fascinating water activities, adventure sports, and a vibrant city life, make the delights of Funchal endless. Surfing, diving in clear water, paragliding along the coast; you can infuse your energy in these and more. Besides the daytime fun, Funchal treats you to some amazing restaurants, bars, and the hippest nightclubs. Book cheap flights to Funchal online with Travelstart and revitalize on one of Portugal’s most sought after destinations.

Visa Requirements and SA Embassy Details

  • South African passport holders do need a travel Visa for Funchal, Portugal.
  • The South African Consulate to Portugal is located in Funchal, Madeira. Hotel Madeira Carlton, Praca António Nobre 1, 9004-531, Funchal. Phone (+351) 291 223 521, Fax: (+351) 291 227 314.

See and do

A horse ride at Quinta do Riacho through the breathtaking Madeira Island, Monte Cable Car Ride for the aerial view of panoramic Funchal, and Funchal Sight Seeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus are must dos. For nature lovers, Monte Palace Tropical Garden, Madeira Botanical Garden, and Quinta Da Bela Vista offer an attractive blend of varied flora. 
Funchal's ornate highlights include a number of churches and monasteries like Monte church and Santa Clara Monastery. Do ride the primitive wicker baskets (called Toboggan) along the steep hillsides. Do try the water fun and Paragliding along the coasts.
The vintage history of Funchal traces back to the 15th century and Fortified Madeira Wine is worth being a Funchal souvenir.
Regular and mini bus services by Horarios do Funchal are available to travel within the city. The buses operate from Monday-Friday 08:00-20:00 and Saturdays 08:00-14:00. 

Madeira Airport – FNC  

Location: Santa Catrina, Santa Cruz, Madeira.
Food & beverages: Each terminal has several cafes, bars and restaurants. 
Currency Exchange: A foreign exchange bureau is available at Madeira Airport. 
Lost Baggage Help: If you have lost your baggage inside the airport, contact the police station next to the terminal. Contact: +351 (0)291 520 889. 
Airport Hotels: The airport has no hotels on site. However, you will find many near the airport. Estalagem Albatroz and Santo Da Serra are decent hotels close to FNC Airport. 
Car Hire: Car rental is available from several operators such as Hertz, Drive, Auto Jardim, Avis, Europcar and Rodavante. 
Airport Hub: Madeira Airport – FNC is a hub for TAP Portugal. 

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