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About Funchal

Funchal is the capital city of Madeira, an island off Portugal. With more than 111,540 residents, it is home to some of the most incredible scenery in all of Portugal. Funchal is a gateway to some of Madeira’s most perfect beaches and extensive botanical gardens. Top attractions include Pico do Arieiro, Monte Cable Car and Santa Catarina Park.

Cheap flights to Funchal are now available for a limited period of time, so get ready for a trip to this dreamy destination! Funchal is home to Cristiano Ronaldo Madeira International Airport (FNC), which is located on a 22-minute drive from the city centre. Cristiano Ronaldo Madeira International Airport serves a multitude of airlines – including TAP Portugal, Swiss Air and Lufthansa. Popular connecting flights depart from Johannesburg and Cape Town. The flight duration is approximately 15 hours and 35 minutes.

Why visit Funchal

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Mesmerising Gardens

Lovers of flora will marvel at the exotic expanses of maintained gardens and parks in Funchal. Inhale the sweet scents as you admire its beauty at the Madeira Botanical Garden.

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Madeira Wines

Home of Madeira wine, the city of Funchal invites visitors to try the sweet flavours of this treasured drink. Visit the Museu de Madeira Wine Company for its intricate history.

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Funchal Farmer’s Market

Spend a morning at Mercados dos Lavradores, the local market, and enjoy colourful and diverse selections of food and produce. Loved by locals and tourists, make sure to arrive hungry!

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Madeira, Portugal
Currency Euro (EUR)
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.07 EUR
Language Portuguese
Hub Airport Cristiano Ronaldo Madeira International Airport (FNC)
Time Zone GMT+ 1
Travel Adaptor Type F

Best time to visit Funchal

The weather in Funchal is great all year long as it is protected from harsh winds and rains by its mountainous terrain. The rainy season in the city lasts from about November until April, but the showers are generally quite short and the weather is still very pleasant. Madeira’s annual carnival falls over February every year. The best time to visit Funchal would be between September and early November, as the weather is warm, and you will have missed the summer crowds that descend on the city from June to August. You will be able to catch the Madeira Wine Festival in October.

Weather & Climate in Funchal

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall levels (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 14°C 14°C 14°C 14°C 16°C 18°C 19°C 20°C 20°C 19°C 17°C 15°C
High °C 18°C 18°C 18°C 19°C 21°C 23°C 24°C 25°C 25°C 23°C 21°C 20°C
Rainfall (mm) 110 80 60 70 20 10 10 10 40 100 100 90

Overview

The colourful and sophisticated city of Funchal is the heart of Madeira, with strong structural influences from mainland Portugal.

Funchal is the home of the much-loved sweet wine, Madeira. The story goes that long, long ago, the island of Madeira was the place young sailors would stop at for a taste of good wine, and then take it along on their travels to the Americas and the rest of Europe. In Funchal, you can visit the Museu de Madeira Wine Company for tastes of the caramel, toffee, hazelnut or various other flavours that give Madeira wine its distinctive taste.

For a morning well spent in the city, visit the local market and shop for fresh produce the way locals do. Flowers, vegetables, tropical fruits, freshly-caught fish, and so much more can be found on a daily basis at Mercados dos Lavradores. You can also see the blooming flowers at the Madeira Botanical Garden, or take a walk along the Funchal Harbour walkway to watch the tides ebb and flow. There’s always something for everyone to enjoy on their trip to Funchal.

Visa & Customs

South Africans who wish to visit Funchal will need to apply for a Schengen Visa, as Portugal falls under this visa. You will need to apply at the Portuguese Embassy for your Schengen Visa.

You will need two photographs, proof of accommodation in Funchal, flight tickets, bank statements, and various other documents to complete your application.

For more information, contact the Embassy of Portugal: 599, Leyds Street Muckleneuk P.O. Box 27102 Sunnyside Pretoria, 0132 South Africa Tel: (+27) 12 341 2340 / (+27) 12 341 2342

Health & Safety

There is absolutely nothing to worry about on your trip to Funchal, as it is a very safe city. The level of crime is minimal so residents and tourists alike enjoy being able to walk around late in the evening. As it is a top tourist destination, it is always a good idea to be aware of your surroundings and not partake in any dangerous activities, such as cliff jumping or swimming solo at a deserted beach.

It is always important to have your vaccines up to date when you are travelling. When visiting Madeira, it is suggested to get a vaccination for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and rabies. These shots will protect you from unfamiliar food, contaminated water, animal bites and various other bacteria found in the soil. Please consult your doctor about this before your trip.

Cost of Living

ITEM JOHANNESBURG CAPE TOWN FUNCHAL
Meal inexpensive restaurant R 90.00 R 100.00 R 99.50
Domestic beer (0.5 litre draught) R 22.00 R 20.00 R 28.50
Cappuccino (Regular) R 19.00 R 20.00 R 15.50
Taxi 1km (Normal tariff) R 10.00 R 12.00 R 13.00
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 35.00 R 35.00 R 62.50
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