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All you need to know about Madeira's Capital! - Free Walking Tour

  • Funchal
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About the guru Free Walking Tours Funchal

The Free Walking Tours Funchal was born in February 2018. It started as a challenge and now it's a dream come true. It's a one person company. I (Lisa) am the one anwsering your messages, emails, posting on social media and guiding you in Funchal. I was born and raised in Funchal. I will be honored to show you my little piece of heaven, while sharing our history, cultu... More »

The Free Walking Tours Funchal was born in February 2018. It started as a challenge and now it's a dream come true. It's a one person company. I (Lisa) am the one anwsering your messages, emails, posting on social media and guiding you in Funchal. I was born and raised in Funchal. I will be honored to show you my little piece of heaven, while sharing our history, culture, fun facts and even a bit of our gastronomy. My groups are 8-12 people. Eventually, they can be a bit bigger, but 16 in my absolute maximum number. Free Walking Tours Funchal is lincensed by the Portuguese Tourism Bureau and has been awarded the Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor in 2019.

About the tour

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!

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Tour duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes

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