Best things to see in Madeira’s beautiful Funchal on a star-studded cruise this autumn

Now a new cruise from Imagine Cruising is offering a great opportunity to get a taster of the hotspot, with the Ultimate Cunard Canaries Sailcation offering an overnight stay in Funchal (onboard the ship). Still, that means ample opportunity to explore Funchal – and we’ve put together some of the highlights that are well worth adding to the bucket list. 

The Old Town: History buffs will want to leave time to stroll through the picturesque streets with its intricate architecture and colourful buildings. Art fans, make sure to check out Rua de Santa Maria where the doors and walls have been transformed into spectacular artwork.

Madeira Botanical Gardens: Explore an impressively diverse array of colourful floral displays – and make sure to head to the western edge of the gardens for amazing views across Funchal Bay. 

Funchal Cathedral: A masterpiece of Gothic architecture, it’s well worth leaving some space on the itinerary to check out this beautiful building.

The Monte Cable Car: Want some of the best views across Madeira? The Monte Cable Car takes about 20 minutes from the Old Town and offers up some uninterrupted views of the scenery.

Want to book a holiday? 

Imagine Cruising’s 14-night Ultimate Cunard Canaries Sailcation includes an overnight stay in Funchal (onboard the ship), as well ports of call to Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Cadiz and Lisbon. 

Prices start from £1,499pp for an Inside Cabin. You can find out more and book at 

Please note that guests 18 years old and over will be required to have completed their COVID-19 vaccination course a minimum of 14 days prior to sailing.

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