European Commission distinguishes Funchal City Hall Measures

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

The crosswalks on the Estrada Monumental / Avenida do Infante and the Kiss & Ride project were elected by the European Commission as good European mobility practices. Smart crosswalks have been in operation since mid-year "in a solution that has combined pedestrian and road safety with energy efficiency." They consist of an intelligent backlighting system on the crosswalks, through sensors and dynamic signaling, both vertically and horizontally, which react to the proximity of pedestrians. At the moment it is detected a pedestrian that wishes to cross the road, the light on the floor and overhead lighting are activated automatically, increasing the visibility for pedestrians and drivers.

In addition to the smart crosswalks, the Kiss & Ride corridors implemented by the City Hall in schools in the municipality, a measure introduced in 2015, were also distinguished

as a good European mobility practice. The goal is to facilitate the entry and exit of passengers who then continue walking to their final destination. The implementation of Kiss & Ride corridors leads to the suppression of parallel parking on the carriageway, which prevents students from crossing between vehicles and increases the safety of crosswalk users near school entrances.


Source: Diário de Notícias

Amphibious chair enhances accessibility

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Lido's Beach Complex now has a new amphibious chair following a successful application to the national "Praia Saudável" (Healthy Beach) program. This chair joins one already existing in Lido's Beach Complex and the other in Praia Formosa, to which is added the existing lift platform in Ponta Gorda, “affirming the award“ Accessible Beach, Beach for All ”, which this year was hoisted in these three spaces ”, said the mayor. Idalina Perestrelo took the opportunity to thank the recognition of this national project for the work that Funchal is doing, remembering that “the beaches of Funchal are from everyone and for everyone. This is another piece of equipment that enhances the accessibility of our beach complexes that will add, this year, another big news which is the return to operation of the elevator in Barreirinha, which had been stopped for over a decade. For us, promoting accessibility in municipal public spaces has been essential. ”In 2019, 12 amphibious chairs were delivered across the country, Funchal being one of the cities contemplated.


Sea Crossing Funchal - Portimão

Tuesday, 09 July 2019

Yesterday arrived, at 08h: 45m from the Canary Islands, the "Ferry" that will reconnect Madeira to the Mainland and will operate in the summer period.

This sea connection will be held 12 times between Funchal and Portimão and will allow the Madeirans and potential tourists to visit the continental soil or the island itself, using a Ferry boat.

The Volcan of Timanfaya will be the "Ferry" that will make this connection and starting from Funchal, will connect the Mainland and also the Canary Islands.

Have a nice trip!

Bloom Consulting Portugal City Brand Ranking

Thursday, 06 June 2019

The City of Funchal was once again awarded by Bloom Consulting Portugal City Brand Ranking, which placed Funchal, as the star brand in the “Living” ranking, with a rise of 10 places, occupying the 14th position in the country. It was also considered the third best national brand and the first in the Autonomous Region of Madeira to visit.

This classification can be found at:

Bloom Consulting Portugal City Brand Ranking

Italian Festival

Friday, 31 May 2019

"And, of course, lovers of Italian gastronomy can enjoy the 2nd Edition of the Italian Festival and the Pizzaiolo Trophy from 31 May to 2 June in Praça Almirante Reis. This festival aims to promote the art of Pizzaiolo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with concerts, lunches, workshops and, for the youngest, pizza labs.

See the program

https://www.facebook.com/festivalitalianopt/ "

May, Spring month

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

MAY, the Spring month, the city of Funchal is full of life, with lots of colors and smells that characterize this time of the year.

Along this month are many the activities around the city of Funchal that energize the city, attracting residents and tourists to the main roads of Funchal.  

Until the end of May, is happening the “Flowers Festival” at Placa Central, but this month is marked by two big events that bring life and animation to the downtown of the city.

From 17 of May until 23, happens the 5th Edition of the Urban Music Festival of Madeira, “FICA NA CIDADE”, in Funchal. Along these days, many are the artists that will have the city as stage, a total of 150 musicians, involved and 36 concerts, distributed along 4 thematic stages.

PRAÇA AMARELA STAGE: Main stage of the festival;

ZONA VELHA (OLDTOWN) STAGE: World Music Jazz e and traditional music from Madeira;


RUA DA CARREIRA STAGE: Acoustic music;

See our programme:




For those that books are “their things”, the Municipality of Funchal, will have the Book Fair, that will happen from 24th of May until de 2th of June.

See our programe


Have the day of your life in the City of Funchal!

2019 World Travel Awards Ceremony

Monday, 25 March 2019

Madeira hosts the World Travel Awards ceremony on June 8 to recognize the best examples of good practices in the tourism sector on a global scale.


The Pestana CR7, of the Pestana Hotel Group group, is among the nominees in the categories "Portugal's Leading Lifestyle Hotel" and also "Portugal's Leading Boutique Hotel".


The prize is awarded according to the votes of the general public and also by thousands of tourism professionals.


Votes can be made via the online page worldtravelawards.com until April 28.


Thursday, 31 January 2019

The sailor Miguel Sá departed last Saturday (January 19th), from the Funchal Marina, in solitary navigation to the Cape Verde Archipelago and the City of Praia, under the Re-Navigate Project. This project aims to connect Funchal and its twin cities in the Atlantic by means of a maritime connection by solo sailboat.

The purpose of this trip is to reactivate a closer cooperation, through a trip in solitary navigation, itself a reason of prominence in the Atlantic relation that unites these two cities.

Funchal Wins Award "Municipality Friend of Sports" For The Fourth Time

Friday, 07 December 2018

"The Portuguese Association for the Management of Sport has distinguished Funchal as 'The Municipality Friend of Sports' for the fourth consecutive year, thus recognizing the municipal investment in the sport's development of the county, carried out over the last years.

The Municipality Friend of Sports award is based on ten areas of analysis, namely: Sports Organization, Sports Facilities, Sports Events, Sports Programs, Ecological Sustainability Strategies, Solidarity Sports, Partnerships, Sports Reality, Legislation, Marketing and Innovation. Funchal scored high or very high in almost all categories. "


- In Diario de Noticias

Funchal Wins Award "Bluest Municipality" For The Third Time

Wednesday, 05 December 2018

“The Municipality of Funchal received for the third consecutive time the award "Bluest Municipality", which distinguishes the municipalities of the country with the greatest capacity for environmental information activities, during the last bathing season.

Funchal stood out on the environmental activities, with dozens of dynamic actions in Lido, Ponta Gorda, Barreirinha, and also in Praia Formosa. The Portuguese Environment Agency, which classifies and assigns the score, took into account “the classification of the activities realized in those areas, the balance between the various themes, the framework with the annual theme, the chosen local and the explicit explanation with the senior public and the bearers of disability ".

The prize is offered by the Blue Flag Association of Europe and the Portuguese Environment Agency. "


- In Diario de Noticias

New Geodiversity Course

Wednesday, 05 December 2018

“A new geodiversity course has recently been launched and the Mayor of Funchal, Paulo Cafôfo was a participant. The course covers a 5km coastal route from São Martinho to the Lido Complex under the guidance of geologist, João Baptista.

On arrival at the Lido Complex, the mayor said that it was essential to add diversity to the region's tourist activities and that this type of tourism allowed for a greater understanding of the islands historical and cultural makeup. In response, João Baptista agreed with the Mayor in respect of the island's history."


 - In JM

Madeira elected for the fourth time "Best Island Destination in the World"

Monday, 03 December 2018

Funchal, the Capital of the Madeira Archipelago, and its business card, welcomes all the Stakeholders involved in this event, feeling great pride with this worthy World Travel Award, the "Best Insular Destination in the World"!

In a year in which Madeira was also recognized as the best island destination in Europe, last June, it was also announced as the "Best Island Destination in the World" at the ceremony of the 25th edition of the World Travel Awards held in Patio da Galé, in the Terreiro do Paço, in Lisbon, on December 1st, 2018.

These awards are given annually to reward the brands and locations that stand out in the various regions of the globe in a tourism industry level.

Created in 1993, the World Travel Awards recognize the work developed in the area of ​​the tourist industry at a global level, in order to stimulate the competitiveness and quality of tourism, and the selection of the nominees is carried out annually on a worldwide scale by the general public and for more of 200 thousand tourism professionals from 160 countries.


Thursday, 15 November 2018

On 12 November, the Municipal Council of Funchal hosted an official reception to the delegation of  the city of Kauai, in Hawaii, where both municipalities made an agreement of friendship and cooperation, especially focused on the areas of culture, tourism and education.

Tourism World Day Highlights

Friday, 28 September 2018

The Municipality of Funchal and the Department of Economy and Culture bet once again on the celebration of World Tourism Day through various initiatives that have marked the day.

The highlight of the day was the Round Table called "What Tourism Do We Want?”. This Round Table took place in the Nober Hall of the Baltazar Dias Municipal Theater and was attended by the following speakers: António Almeida, President of the Madeira Tourism Observatory; Rui Campos Matos, Architect / Researcher; Ivo Correia, CEO of Sé Boutique Hotel; André Barreto, Director of the Quintinha de São João and Raquel Brazão, Director of the Department of Economy and Culture of the Municipality of Funchal, conversant in the specific reality of our Region. In turn, the present Moderator was Ricardo Oliveira, Director of the Madeira Newspaper.

On the other hand, there was a high level of adherence to the activities in Museums, namely in the workshops of the Museum “A Cidade do Açúcar” and in the Henrique and Francisco Franco Museum, and an equally pleasing number of visitors on this day, higher than regular days.

Similarly, in the Museum of Natural History, there was a great number of visitors, in this case 85, a much higher number than the other days.

The Department of Economy and Culture of the Municipality of Funchal keep contributing to the dynamism of local and regional culture, and increasingly develop ideas and projects that captivate the attention and interest of the public.

Tourism World Day

Friday, 21 September 2018

On September 27th and 28th the city of Funchal will be celebrating the "World Tourism Day".

The Baltazar Dias Municipal Theater, the “Lavradores” Market, the "Henrique e Francisco Franco" museum and the "A Cidade do Açúcar" museum join efforts to bring the most diverse activities to the public, in a celebration that you cannot miss.

On the 27th we have the "Must of The Day" in a revealing conference, ending the festivities on the 28th at 9pm with the musical "Fado Tango", with performances by Vânia Fernandes and Luís Sousa, at the Baltazar Dias Municipal Theater.

Funchal named the "Most Hospitable City"

Friday, 01 June 2018

Funchal was named the most hospitable city in Portugal by the Airbnb platform users in 2018. Funchal topped cities like Aljezur and Vila Nova de Gaia, according to the 2018 ranking released by the popular accommodation portal. This distinction was based on the guest’s evaluation, considering the percentage of perfect evaluations and the total appreciations received by the hosts of these cities.

Marcos Mateus

Reaching the 250 000 tourists and 80% satisfaction are the ambitions of Funchal Tourism

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Provide unique experiences, increase the number of tourists to 250,000 and the level of satisfaction of 80%, even through the tourist profile of innovation with a focus on younger target. These are the objectives outlined in the first Tourism Plan of Funchal, with implementation for 2016-2017, explained by the mayor of Madeira's capital, Paulo Cafôfo.

Fonte: Welcome Media

Funchal betting at sea and inclusion to attract more tourists

Thursday, 15 September 2016

The goal is to have over 250 000 tourists by the end of 2017. The capital of Madeira want visitors "stumble" only in experiments, from the sea to the mountains. The new strategic plan is not "elitist", but has a special focus on the Portuguese market.

Funchal betting at sea and inclusion to attract more tourists

Thursday, 15 September 2016

The goal is to have over 250 000 tourists by the end of 2017. The capital of Madeira want visitors "stumble" only in experiments, from the sea to the mountains. The new strategic plan is not "elitist", but has a special focus on the Portuguese market.

Fonte: Dinheiro Vivo

Funchal wants to boost tourism

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Funchal wants to contribute to the autonomous region of Madeira has more than 200 thousand tourists a year, including through a series of projects worth 80 million euros, announced today the president.

Fonte: JM

Funchal among the world's best reputation refering to the hotel industry

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Portugal conquest, for the first time, a place in the top 10 destinations with the best hotel reputations in the world.

Funchal in 10th position, is the only Portuguese city in the top 10 of the trivago ranking, which every year chooses, based on more than 200 million reviews of hotels, the 100 cities with the best reputation worldwide. Porto and Lisbon appear in 48th and 52nd positions.

Fonte: Room5

Funchal Tourism

Thursday, 15 September 2016

The operationalization of the municipal strategy for tourism involves the implementation of a set of measures by which it intends to develop and promote the tourism product, and that can provide unique experiences. It is expected by 2017 a set of projects and actions that have the ultimate goal of enhancing the most of the tourist experience, making it the best and most genuine destination promoter in their country of origin.

ITS Conference discusses tourism in Funchal

Thursday, 15 September 2016

The city of Funchal will receive next March 18 a new edition of the Conference Series ITS Portugal - The Transport in Portuguese cities in 2030, an event that will have as main theme "Mobility and accessibility of tourism in the Portuguese cities in 2030".

New Lido has "central role" in Funchal tourism

Thursday, 15 September 2016

The Funchal City Hall has a policy to attract visitors to the island and the beach resort of Lido, today opened after rehabilitation works, is a piece in this chess. Who has assured it, was the mayor of the city, Paulo Cafôfo, in the words spoken on the afternoon of Tuesday

Fonte: Expresso

Funchal receives X Annual Conference of Tourism on May 6th

Thursday, 15 September 2016

The Madeira Regional Delegation of the Order of Economists organizes, for the 10th consecutive year, the Annual Conference of Tourism. Scheduled for May 6th, at the Madeira Congress Centre, the conference is subject to the theme "People" and will be attended by the Minister of Economy (tbc), President of the Madeira Regional Government and the Regional Secretary for the Economy Tourism and Culture, and the President of Tourism of Portugal.

Fonte: Turisver

Lisbon, Porto and Funchal lead the ranking of Bloom Consulting in tourism

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Lisbon, Porto and Funchal occupy the top spots in relation to tourism, in this third edition of Bloom Consulting Portugal City Brand Ranking, a document that assesses the brand performance and attractiveness of the 308 Portuguese municipalities in the categories of Tourism (Visit), Business ( investing) and Talent (Living).

Fonte: Ambitur

Participatory Budget: Funchal challenges tourists to submit projects

Thursday, 15 September 2016

The Funchal Municipal Council will invest 500,000 euros in the Participatory Budget for 2016, which this time will also be receptive to projects presented by tourists, informed the mayor.

Fonte: Lusa

Funchal in Portugal Top Ten City Brand Ranking 2016

Thursday, 15 September 2016

The city of Funchal has improved its position in the top 10 of the best local brands in Portugal.

The Portugal City Brand Ranking 2016, gives the city the 8th position among 100 municipalities, representing a rise of two places compared to 2015.

Fonte: Marcamadeira

Funchal with a half a million euros for Participatory Budget, in which tourists are welcome

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Budget almost doubled to 2016, when the tourists visiting the city will be able to give ideas and present.

Fonte: Público

Funchal wants more tourists and with the will for returning

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Strategic plan aims to raise the level of satisfaction and tourism be the catalyst of Madeira, presenting a differentiated product and make Funchal a world tourism brand.

Fonte: Renascença

Pestana Casino Park Magic SPA in Funchal wins world award

Thursday, 15 September 2016

The Magic Spa Pestana Casino Park in Funchal, has just been elected Best Luxury Destination Spa in the World Luxury Spa Awards 2016.

Voting is done by the public and customers of each space, in order to reward quality, innovation and services of the best spas in the world.

Fonte: HardMusica

Funchal receives tourism strategic laboratory

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Luís Araújo, president of Turismo de Portugal, will be present at the Tourism Strategic Lab (LET) opening session, an initiative that aims to collect input for the strategic vision of national tourism by 2027.

Fonte: Publiqueis

Strategy for Tourism discussed in Funchal

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Dozens of professionals linked to the tourism sector discussed today, in Funchal, the strategy to follow by 2027. The initiative was the Turismo de Portugal, whose president, the Madeiran Luís Araújo, called contributions for the next decade in a plane that goes to the ground until early 2017.

Before the debate, we were presented 10 challenges and 5 strategic axes. This work results from meetings and surveys already made at international meetings in major markets such as Germany, the UK, France and Spain.

Fonte: Rodeio

World Travel Awards: Portugal wins 24 Tourism Oscars

Thursday, 15 September 2016
  • Best Boutique Resort: Choupana Hills Resort & Spa, Funchal, Madeira
  • Best Destination Islands: Madeira
  • Best Hotel and Spa Islands: The Vine Hotel, Madeira
  • Best Hotel: Belmond Reid’s Palace, Funchal, Madeira

Fonte: NIT

Portuguese record in the European Tourism “Oscars”

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Who also did not debut is the island of Madeira. Won the award for the best island destination in 2013 and 2014, and this year regained the podium place. The island has been into the world mouths and in 2015 has even considered the best island for tourism.

Eurostat gives positive note to Funchal Tourism

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Among the various indexes analyzed, Funchal was the 5th city with the highest average number of nights in tourist accommodation establishments (35) in relation to the resident population, the 11th city in the Community area with the largest number of beds in tourist accommodation establishments, with more than 150 beds per 1000 residents, and at the same time, the 20th European city with the largest mean number of entries in museums, in both cases, relative to the size of the resident population.

Fonte: Turisver

Port of Funchal gains three new scales by the end of the year

Thursday, 15 September 2016

The Port of Funchal will receive three inaugural scales until the end of the year, the cruise ship Sea Explorer I, on October 14th, the Koningsdam and Seven Seas Explorer, November 1st and 22nd, respectively.

Fonte: AgriPortugal
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