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Destination guide

Relaxation in Funchal holiday lettings

A sea of red-tiled roofs marks out Funchal – the capital of Madeira – from the deep cobalt of the Atlantic Ocean and the tropical greens of the mountains that surround it. With blooms of fuchsias and bougainvillea dressing the streets, cacti sprouting from the sidewalks and purple-blooming jacarandas jostling overhead, this surely has to be one of the prettiest cities to wander. Botanical gardens are an obvious addition, while a charming cathedral and a whole museum dedicated to the city's most revered son, Cristiano Ronaldo, make for a rounded range of attractions. Funchal holiday rentals await…

Things to do

Attractions near Funchal holiday homes

When the city can count a certain Cristiano Ronaldo as one of its sons, it's hardly a surprise that football is nothing short of a religion in Funchal. Cue the CR7 Museum, built to honour the goal-scoring prowess of the great galactico. It chronicles his rise to fame, with endless displays of trophies, signed shirts and studded boots. Up the hill is an altogether different draw – the Madeira Botanical Garden. There you'll find blooming beds of exotic flowers most people can't even pronounce, laden with cacti and orchids and all sorts of mysterious plantlife.

Activities

Fun things to do near Funchal holiday homes

Forget what you've heard about Funchal holiday rentals being just for the retirees. The capital of Madeira is gateway to one of the wildest and most adventure-ready corners of Portugal. Walking guides simply love it when visitors stroll in asking for planned treks across the rock-ribbed ridges of Pico Ruivo, where signposted levadas – trails – lead to soaring lookouts and unexpected doors to cellars bursting with Madeiran wine. Other holidaymakers prefer explorations on the Atlantic, where whale watching and dolphin spotting are usually top of the bill.

Day trips

Best excursions near Funchal holiday homes

Funchal is the ideal base camp to explore the wonders of Madeira. Holiday homes are close to places like Pico do Arieiro, a mountain beach with a cafe and gift shops among stunning views, and Madeira Botanical Garden, a hillside botanical garden with a bird park, natural history museum and glass houses. You could also visit Desertas Islands, a nature reserve with a population of earless seals and dolphins, and São Vicente Caves, a volcanic cave system and museum with exhibits about geology.

Weather

Climate during your stay in Funchal holiday lettings

You don't really have to worry about the weather in Funchal, it stays pretty pleasant for much of the year. There are some slight fluctuations that can affect whether you pack the walking boots or the swimming shorts, like the change from averages of around 16 degrees in the winter months of December to March, to 25-degree highs in the summer months of June to August. Hikers might prefer the seasons in between, like spring, which can be dry and warm – perfect for hitting the volcanic trails.

Natural features

Blooming gorgeous Funchal

Flowers are everywhere in Funchal. It's even likely your Funchal holiday rental will have a plume of bougainvillea here or a magenta-topped cactus there, such is the colourful nature of the capital. To really get a taste of what sort of kaleidoscopic flora dominates this isle in the Atlantic, you should head up, past the botanical gardens, into the Funchal Ecological Park. Peaks of craggy black and brown stone top out over green slopes there, all crossed by gallery forests of fir trees and pockets of multicoloured wildflowers.

How to get there

Transport to and around Funchal

Fly into Funchal (FNC-Cristiano Ronaldo), the closest airport, located 8.4 mi (13.5 km) from the city centre.

Good for couples

Romantic holiday homes in Funchal

Funchal is an ultimate honeymoon destination with an array of romantic spots. Holiday homes can be found near places like Monte Palace Tropical Garden, a multilevel garden with exotic trees and flowers, ponds, sculptures and a mineral museum, and Santa Catarina Park, a large park with nature trails, colourful blooms and wildlife. You could also visit Museu Quinta das Cruzes, a museum of decorative arts, including jewellery, antiques and ceramics, in an 18th-century villa in lush gardens.

How many holiday rentals are available around Municipality of Funchal?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,698 holiday lettings around Municipality of Funchal. From 141 villas to 932 flats & apartments, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a seaside property in Funchal?

Crystal clear waters, golden sands and blue skies as a canvas. If this is your idea of paradise, now's your opportunity to get your bliss on. HomeAway has 647 holiday rentals by the beach for you to select from. Alternatively, you may like to try a different vibe. HomeAway has stacks of options, including:

  • 573 ocean-view holiday accommodation options.
  • 413 town holiday accommodation options.
  • 364 city-centre holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent an apartment in Funchal?

If you want to discover how the locals live, throw open the curtains and soak up this destination from the comfort of an apartment. HomeAway has 968 for you to select from here. If you book quick, you could spend as little as £17 per night. If that doesn't fit with your family's style, we've got a number of different self-catering accommodation options available, such as:

  • House: 429 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £9 per night.
  • Villa: 146 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £37 per night.
  • Hotel: 66 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £33 per night.

Can I stay in Funchal in a large group?

Whether you're taking off on a holiday with the extended family or spending a few nights away with your old school mates, it's always loads of fun hanging out under the same roof! And the best news is that HomeAway has places that'll suit. Apartment holiday rentals are the leading option for large groups of visitors, with 154 available here. The rental properties that can provide for large groups around here include:

  • If yours is a party of 6, we have 329 rental properties perfectly suited for that size. Stay a night from just £22.
  • After a holiday rental for 5 people? We have 123 that will suit. Prices start from £28 per night.
  • Organising a trip away with a group of 8? We offer 114 rental accommodation that will be ideal. Prices begin at just £32 per night.

You and the squad will be well looked after when you plan your Funchal travels with us!