Free tour

Discovering the Mysteries of Funchal

Duration: 2h
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

Funchal has over 500 years of history.
It was the first place where the Portuguese settled in the Age of Discovery.
Madeira was the testing ground for the mass production of sugar and it was the Madeirans who went around the world to start sugar production in various countries.
Initially a monster shrouded in mist in the eyes of 16th century navigators to a 21st century tourist paradise!

Madeira was the first place colonized by the Portuguese in the Age of Discovery.

It was a strategic point in the Atlantic for centuries and for a long time it was influenced by the most diverse cultures.

There was also a violent raid by privateers in 1566 that lasted 16 days!

Come and discover the evolution that the sugar trade, the Madeira wine trade and tourism have brought to Madeira!
During this tour, we will discover

The old town and the main monuments.
The history of the island of Madeira from its discovery to the attacks and looting!
Curiosities about the Madeirans and their land.
Places to visit and places to discover our gastronomy.
Tricks to improve your stay on this fantastic island.

Our team runs all of our tours with great dedication and wants your experience to be the best!
At the end of the tour, you decide how much we deserve!

We recommend comfortable footwear, water and sunscreen to all those interested in participating in this tour.

This tour is not suitable for strollers or people in wheelchairs.

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Av. Calouste Gulbenkian 1629, 9000-00...
    Av. Calouste Gulbenkian 1629, 9000-000 Funchal, Portugal
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    Look for Romeo, with the yellow umbrella, with the company logo. The guide will be in front of the Chapel

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Capela de Santa Catarina/ chapel of Santa Catarina
  • 2
    Outside visit
    Rotunda do Infante
  • 3
    Outside visit
    Jardim Municipal do Funchal
  • 4
    Outside visit
    Palácio de São Lourenço
  • 5
    Outside visit
    Golden Gate Grand Café
  • 6
    Outside visit
    Sé Catedral do Funchal
  • 7
    Outside visit
    Assembleia Legislativa da Região Autónoma da Madeira (Assembleia Regional da Madeira)
  • 8
    Outside visit
    Portas Da Cidade
  • 9
    Outside visit
    Rua Santa Maria
  • 10
    Outside visit
    Forte de São Tiago
  • 11
    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

(33 ratings)
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Juana Maria 22 Feb 2023

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Travelled in couple - Feb 2023
Romeo es encantador y todas las historias que cuenta son súper amenas y entretenidas. Muy divertido
De rito 18 Feb 2023
La Plata

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Travelled in group - Feb 2023
Muy lindo destino recomendable el WT
Lara 08 Feb 2023

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Travelled in group - Feb 2023
Muy ameno, el guía Romeo muy simpático y resolviendo todas las dudas y recomienda sitios en la isla. Volveríamos a hacerlo sin duda.
Lara 08 Feb 2023

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Travelled in couple - Feb 2023
Tour en español con Romeu muy recomendable.
Ainhoa 01 Feb 2023

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Travelled in group - Jan 2023
Nuestro guía Romeu nos hizo un tour por el centro de Funchal excelente. Nos explicó la historia de una manera entretenida, se preocupaba por si teníamos alguna duda y nos recomendó lugares para comer y visitar fuera del tour. Empezó hace poco a hacer los tours en español, debido a la demanda, y la verdad que se le entendía a la perfección a pesar de que su primer idioma fuera el portugués.
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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.