Old Town Tour

Duration: 2h
Languages: English
Registered on March 06, 2020

Hello Travellers! I'm Lisa, born and raised in Madeira and the founder of the Free Walking Tours in Funchal. I desired to be a guide since I was a teenager and finally achieved my goal in 2016, when I became a local mountain guide. In early 2018, some hikers, challenged me to guide Free Tours in Funchal. I was not familiar with the concept, but learned about it and fell in love with the Free Tours! I'm very to be able to share my home island with our visitors ! In Summer 2022, Romeu joined this project and is know sharing his passion for Funchal with our travellers. Romeu is a teacher, a musician, a traveller and a very enthusiastic guide! Join our tours!!

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  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

The Old Town of Funchal was the first Portuguese neighborhood outside the European Continent.

Right away, a community of fishermen and seafarers was created.

For centuries, this people lived in very precarious conditions. The Old Town of Funchal got to the beginning of the 21st Century as the area to avoid. Thanks to people with knowledge of other Old Towns in Europe and with a great vision, Zona Velha do Funchal has gained a new face, a new dynamic and today, it is a mandatory place to visit, not only for visitors, but also for locals.

Beautiful painted doors with art make Rua Santa Maria and the Old Town a unique outdoor gallery.

Before we get to the Old Town, we will show you the first fort built in Funchal and share with you the many changes it has seen over the centuries.

We will tell you the story of (possibly) the most popular drink in Madeira and recommend bars in Funchal where you can try it.

Floods are part of the Madeiran History, a force of nature feared by the locals. Many attempts have been made to try and minimize the consequences of these events.
Some of these events have been so catastrophic that people came up with supernatural explanations for it!

This tours ends in the Old Town, in Barreirinha, 5 minutes away from the cable car.

Thistour is not suitable for wheelchairs or baby strollers.
There are some up and downhill on this tour that might be challenging for some walkers.

We look forward to show you this amazing part of town!

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Av. Calouste Gulbenkian 1629, 9000-05...
    Av. Calouste Gulbenkian 1629, 9000-052 Funchal, Portugal
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    Yello umbrella with the company's Logo. The meeting point is inside Parque Santa Catarina, in front of the Chapel. If there's a stage, the Chapel is behind the stage.

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Capela de Santa Catarina/ chapel of Santa Catarina
  • 2
    Outside visit
    Palácio de São Lourenço
  • 3
    Outside visit
    Assembleia Legislativa da Região Autónoma da Madeira (Assembleia Regional da Madeira)
  • 4
    Outside visit
    Portas Da Cidade
  • 5
    Outside visit
    Rampa do Cidrão
  • 6
    Outside visit
    Rua Santa Maria
  • 7
    Outside visit
    Forte de São Tiago
  • 8
    Outside visit
    Igreja do Socorro

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Simon 03 Jun 2024
Palm Coast

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2024
Great tour and guide. Highly recommended
Chantal 29 May 2024

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
The tour was very good and Lisa was an excellent guide, very knowledgeable and pleasant.
Miriam 08 May 2024

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
It was not my first time with Guru. Romeu was excellent. He provided us with interesting information, great knowledge about Madeira & the old town, very outgoing, I learned a lot! Once again, a great experience with you, guys!
Stuart 13 Apr 2024

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Travelled in couple - Apr 2024
Very good.
Jacky 28 Mar 2024

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Travelled in couple - Feb 2024
This was our second tour of Funchal. I don't believe the places we visited were duplicated at all on the two tours. Lisa's historical knowledge of the area was impressive, interesting. We really enjoyed the tour. For me the only sad part is at the end when people think it's ok to pay 5 or 10 euros a head for a 2+ hours of Lisa's time. This is her job and and it would be nice to respect her with and appropriate amount for a job well done.
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Only cash payment is accepted.
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