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Cherriesfan99
Cheltenham, UK882 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Great area to wander around, lovely very old buildings - many which seem to be defying logic and still standing. Many restaurants , bars and people enjoying a very laid back atmosphere in this Funchal's original town / port.
Written 4 December 2023
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David D
Devon, UK20,594 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Friday 8th September we took a stroll around this old area of Funchal.

It stretches from Mercardo de Lavradores ( Farmers Market) down as far as Fort of Sao Tiago (Fort of Saint James) a distance of 600 metres, if you walk there directly.

The area is filled with pedestrianised cobbled streets and lanes which are lined with old buildings some dating back to the 15th century.

One of the landmarks to keep an eye open for is the small Corpo Santo Chapel is located on Largo do Corpo Santo. It is one of the handful of 15th century buildings that are still in existence.

The Chapel abuts Santa Maria Street, one of the oldest streets in Funchal. As well as the numerous bar, restaurants, artisan and tourists shop it is where Arte de Portas Abertas can be seen. These are the colourful paintings that adorn the doors along the street, turning into an open air art gallery.

The area is also home to the Telefonica, Cable Car Station

It is a wonderful vibrant, colourful and interesting section of the City. It is a must to be experienced to stroll around and enjoy the sights and soak up the atmosphere
Written 6 November 2023
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA17,104 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
This is a small pedestrian neighborhood of narrow streets with lots of restaurants, many with tables on the little streets. Also art galleries and stores specializing in tourist items. Lively, attractive.
Written 16 September 2023
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OZS_ATW
Budapest, Hungary3,322 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
The Old Town of Funchal is really cool. The area is one of Funchal's main tourist hotspots, popular for its historical and architectural. there are several cafes and restaurants.
Written 25 May 2023
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saul g
Tel Aviv, Israel1,250 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Zona Velha/Old Town, one of the oldest (and very poor and dangerous up until recently) areas in Funchal is located between Rua do Visconde Anadia and Traveessa das Torres. The area is one of Funchal´s main tourist hotspots, popular for its historical, architectural, gastronomical and artistic aspects. Zona Velho combines a picturesque setting of narrow cobblestone streets lined by aged buildings (some dating back to the 15th century) and a variety of shops, bars and restaurants. It includes points like Miradouro do Socorro, Santa Maria Church, Capela do Corpo Santo, Mercado dos Lavradores and the famous Santa Maria street.
Like in many other old towns around the globe, the city council here has initiated a project in an attempt to revitalize this part of town and make it more culturally significant for both locals and tourists.
Highly recommended !!! (Cameras on stand-by, of coarse).
Written 11 May 2023
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tinylass
Sheffield, UK4,426 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
This is the lovely heart of Funchal that you must visit. There are many streets filled with shops, cafes and restaurants. There are plenty of places to sit and rest in the sun or in the shade and some good attractions. The streets are lined with colourful trees that smell lovely!
Definitely have a wander around and stop for ice cream!
Written 8 May 2023
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Maureen R
Ajax, Canada36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Excellent restaurant with great food. The waiter Fabio was very helpful and pleasant and very friendly. We ate there 3 times for dinner and every time the food was excellent!
The owner is a very hardworking lady who works alongside her staff doing exactly what they do.
Would recommend this restaurant!
Written 16 April 2023
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Laura T
Middlesbrough, UK7,002 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Many of the streets in Funchal are pedestrian, which means strolling around the typical Madeiran pavements made with pebbles very easy and safe. We spent hours walking around Old Town (Zona Velha) taking lots of photos and discovering hidden little places.

On Santa Maria Street nearly every other door is painted with a different design. They’re all unique and very colourful. They are a hundred or more different ones to find, some down side alleys and some on the main street. You can easily explore for half an hour or more, before stopping to enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants you'll find along the way.

Many many restaurants here in old town (reviewed separately). We enjoyed all our meals especially at Basmati Indian restaurant. Most of the street is pedestrianised and some restaurants are set up outside right in the middle of the street, so it can get a little crowded in these places where the street becomes much more narrow. The cobble alleys at the back of the restaurants seemed very crowded to us, with people constantly squeezing past the packed tables, so we opted for restaurants that opened out onto the front, so we had more space and privacy.

We visited on 2 separate occasions, earlier on the morning is much quieter, before the restaurants open up, but later on there is more atmosphere if it does get a little too crowded.

Remember to try Bola de Caco everywhere you eat in Madeira! This is the local flatbread often served with meals. It is often covered in garlic butter - basically a flat garlic bread but sooooo good!

Zona Velha) is just short couple of minutes walk from the seafront and the Avenida do Mar. The main bus stops and the cable car terminal is also just a couple of minutes walk away, so a very central location. There are public toilets near to the main bus stops.
Written 16 March 2023
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AvidTraveler12
Winchester, UK1,840 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Zona Velha is also known as the old town. It consists of a few criss crossed streets that are full of bars, restaurants and numerous pretty individually painted doors. It is also a great place to people watch. If you visit Funchal you really should go for a drink or a nice meal.
Written 24 February 2023
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johnhp702
Derby, UK18,674 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Just spend your time in the day wandering the narrow lanes, lots of restaurants and bars, does get very busy later in the day and when the cruise liners dock.
Written 13 November 2022
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