Charming penthouse with a balcony with total privacy and lovely views over the sea, perfect to enjoy sunbathing or alfresco dining, a bedroom with views to the mountains, a mezzanine, a dining/living room, a bathroom and a fully equipped kitchenette. This apartment is in the top floor of a typical architecture building with only four apartments, one in each floor. Owing to its situation you can breathe the sea breeze and listen to the sea waves. Just crossing the street you have the seaside resort Barreirinha. Nearby there are the natural beaches in pebble “Calhau São Tiago” and “Touco”. Centrally situated in the Old Town with lovely fish restaurants, pubs, bakery, cafes, the very typical Market and all the amenities around it. No car is necessary everything is in a short walk. The Funchal promenade or the centre of Funchal is five minutes walk.
- Apartment861 sq. ft.
- Separate WCs0
- Min. Stay5 - 7 nights
Penthouse in Funchal, Old Town, Overlooking Barreirinha Lido - Just Crossing The Street There Is Barreirinha Lido Where You Have Access To The Sea
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- 16 Sep 2018
I am a teacher, mother of two and I live in Funchal, 10 minutes from this apartment. I hope you will feel at home in my romantic apartment and that you will enjoy the beautiful Madeira.
Elsa purchased this Apartment in 1990
What makes this Apartment unique
The apartment is in a fantastic position being so close to the sea and located in the historical Old Town, 5 minutes walk to Funchal centre. Lot´s of things we can do without needing a car: Sunbathes at the balcony with lovely views to the sea; Swimming just crossing the street; Quiet romantic walks at the seaside or cross the town and enjoy the busy city life; Visiting the typical market, the best day is Friday morning; Enjoying a coffee or a meal in the many coffee shops/ restaurants around or in the lovely bar downstairs Barreirinha Bar Café.
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Nice Retreat with Character
My wife and I spent 10 days in the apartment and overall we enjoyed the apartment located in Old Town Funchal. Without a doubt, the most enjoyable part of our stay was lounging on the varendah which had a commanding view of the ocean, cruise ship docks and the villas on the hill. The outdoor space faces south and it gets both the morning and afternoon sun. Elsa has provided all the comforts of home (including candles for wonderful alfresco dinners during warm nights). The apartment is charming with high ceilings and beautiful woodwork (staircase and ceiling). The area of Old Town Funchal is absolutely stunning with many restaurants, markets and museums within walking distance. The bar downstairs provide nice music including live jazz sometimes. Elsa, the host, is really helpful and friendly.
There is, however, room for improvement especially in the bathroom which is in dire need for an update. Although some reviewers complained of loud music from the bar downstairs, it did not bother us at all. What was annoying is the noise from the bar staff cleaning and working behind the bar in the early hours after midnight when they are closing. There were some issues with ants but we believe Elsa is taking care of that.
Overall, an enjoyable stay.
Thank you John for your nice review :)
I´m glad that you have enjoyed your stay!
Billiant location, great views
The property is just as described and the location is perfect with great sea views. There is a Lido area right below you as well as a really nice bar that sometimes has excellent music in the evenings. The area is popular with locals and visitors alike but has a really nice ambience. Elsa is really friendly and a mine of information she will for a small charge pick you up or drop you off at the airport if you give her enough notice.
Thank your Karl for your nice review.
See you next time.
Good facilities -Excellent location!
Probably the best location in the old town (Zona Velha) with nice views of the Atlantic Ocean and the mountains. Easy parking in the nearby parking parking house. The apartment had all the facilities that we needed. The bar downstairs can be a bit noisy during the weekends, but the music is turned off at 11 pm. We have stayed thered there once before and would definitely do it once again. For safety reasons (a vertical 3 meters ladder) we would not recommend to use the mezzanine, so in our opinion the apartment is only suitable for two persons.
Thank you Jasper for your nice review.
Looking forward to your next stay.
Charming OLD TOWN Penthouse With Large Private Sea
our second time staying at the property but we will be back. a very well equipped apartment with the perfect view across the atlantic.
situated in the old town just along from the sao tiago fort.
plenty of eating places and a supermarket near by. directly across the road from the apartment is the newly refurbished lido. well worth it for a quick dip. there is another pebbly beach up the hill and down the step down the cliff. the steps down to the beach are an experience in them selves, but we enjoyed it.
back to the apartment. it is very clean, spacious and i could certainly live there permanently.
elsa (the owner) is very approachable and has picked us up at the airport on the two occasions we have stayed there. nothing is ever a problem.
i would certainly recommend this property to all.
the only point that may be an issue for some would by the steps up to the apartment with it being at the top of the building, but then it is madeira and walking up hill are to be expected :)
we both loved the place. terry & cecilia mcgrory
Thank you Terry & Cecilia for your nice review !
I´m glad that you loved the apartment. I also could live there permanently :)
You are always welcome.
Wir haben wunderbare Tage im Appartement „Old Town“ verbracht. Das Appartement ist sehr schön, hat eine wunderbare Aussicht und die Terrasse ist ein Traum.
Elsa war sehr nett und sehr hilfsbereit. Die Schlüsselübergabe war perfekt.
Danke nochmals an Elsa für die tollen Restauranttipps. Wir konnten leider nicht alle ausprobieren, aber wir werden kommen wieder.
Von uns gibt es die volle Punktzahl.
Kleiner Hinweis noch:
Das Mezzanin ist nur über eine hohe Leiter( keine Treppe) erreichbar! Man sollte etwas klettern können.
Thank you Birgit for your nice review!
Problems with DJ
We booked the apartment a number of months ago and checked comments before committing. We had been to the cafe below the apartment a number of years ago and thought the area was great and the cafe a great place to watch the sunset. Around the time of our trip I checked the comments and found references to DJ's and noise on the weekends but comments said not too bad or implied only occasionally happened.
Well it turns out that every Friday and Saturday there is a DJ at cafe. On Friday he started at 7, set up in plaza in front of cafe. The noise was unbelievable - thumping heavy base beat (no vocals) and it went on to about 2 in the morning. I looked out at 1 o'clock and was surprised that there were only 4 women bouncing in front of the DJ's read light and maybe a dozen people learning against the wall. Maybe half the little tables had someone there - not a roaring success. On Saturday the DJ started by 5:30 (he was going when we arrived back from our hike). It was too much to even consider a drink on the balcony so went for an early dinner and then to the carnival parade and returned about midnight. Again few people at the DJ (3 women bouncing and maybe a few more people around). We shut ourselves into the bedroom, shut all doors and windows, put in earplugs and used a big portable fan for white noise and then read our books. I spoke to manager on Sunday and he said that there was no DJ on Sunday but one was coming on Monday.
So you have been warned. If already committed remember your earplugs.
Re: General noise in area. A few streets towards the centre there are a number of noisy bars but this part of old town in generally quiet.
Thank you Bette and David for your feedback which is always welcome in order to insure we serve our guests the best way possible and have them come back to us year after year.
The apartment is in the Old Town close to all amenities, restaurants and bars as mentioned on our advert.
The bar nearby does have music at the weekends which guests are aware of and enjoy it. The Carnival week is one of the busiest, most lively week with music and parties all over the Island and especially in Funchal Centre therefore not the best time to stay in the Old Town if you are looking for a quiet and relaxing holiday.
Funchal´s Old Town, is one of Funchal´s main tourist hotpots, popular for its historical, architectural, gastronomical and artistic aspects, full of life and spirit, being the best European destination.
Madeira events to look out for:
- Madeira Walking Festival
- Carnival Festivities
Allegoric Carnival Parade
- Madeira Flower Festival
The Wall of Hope Ceremony
Allegoric Flower Parade
Flower Auto-Classic Parade
- Madeira Island Open Golf (PGA European Tour)
- Funchal Atlantic Fireworks Festival
- Madeira Jazz Festival
- Madeira Wine Festival
Live Harvest in Estreito de Câmara de Lobos
- Columbus Festival - Porto Santo Island
- Madeira Nature Festival
- End of the Year Madeira Festivities
Dec 1st - Beginning of the Illuminations downtown
Dec 8th - Jan 7- General Illumination of Funchal Amphitheatre
Dec 23th - Market Night
Dec 31th - New Year’s Eve Firework Display
Jan 5th – “Chants of Epiphany” – Municipal Gardens
15 minutes walk away from Barreirinha Beach Complex that is located near the Old City and the Market.
Other resorts as Clube de Turismo, Ponta Gorda Beach are 30 min walk away. Here you can access the sea, they have sun loungers, changing rooms and the water is crystal clear. Other Madeira beaches are all pebble, with the exception of a few which have black sand and a couple with golden sand (Calheta Beach and Machico Beach) which you can access by car in 30 minutes.
Funchal airport is about 20 Km from the apartment. Travel time by car is approximately 20-25 minutes. It is not essential to hire a car as buses are frequent and cheap. Excursions are the best way to tour this beautiful island. Going out of town, the fishing village of Câmara de Lobos is about 15 minutes away. The Botanical Garden, Quinta Blandy/Palheiro Ferreiro, Monte Palace are a must for gardening enthusiasts.
You are in the center of Funchal town, right next to the Theatre, the Santa Catarina Park, Municipal Garden and the Cathedral. Within 5 minutes walk from the Marina where most buses stop and the La Vie Shopping Centre with a 24h pharmacy and a large supermarket. 15 minutes far from the Market, the Old City, the Cable Car and Barreirinha Beach Complex by foot. 5 minutes from the Harbour with lots of restaurants and excursions. There are also many nice restaurants nearby: Celeiro, Combatentes, Sabores Alentejanos, etc.
Madeira has the most fascinating walk-in Levadas which are the irrigation channels built back between 16th and 20th to bring water from the North to the South. Whale and dolphin spotting and marlin fishing. To discover Madeira at its best we supply you some guides for free.
Additional pricing information
Booking Notes: Minimum booking of 1 week (if less required, please contact us). Booking to 3 guests are welcome. Another person can stay on the sofa double bed. Notes on prices: Rate given is based on 2 people sharing. Extra person is charged €50 per person per week or €15 per night if less than a week. One child under 12 years old at the time of check out free of charge, Please contact the owner for rates on long term lets or any specific requirements. Booking can be secured by email and confirmed on receipt of 30% deposit. All payments by paypal or bank transfer, the remaning to be paid cash on your arrival. We acept UK Pounds and Euros. Changeover Day: Arrivals and departures depending on other bookings can be flexible. Changeover days are also flexible.