Igreja de São Martinho


High above west Funchal rises the highly visable, whitewashed spire of the Igreja de São Martinho, a big early-20th-century creation. The interior is highly decorative and neoclassical in design and the grounds have great views over the west end of the Hotel Zone. Bus 4 climbs up here from the city centre.

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Nearby Funchal attractions

1. Jardim de São Martinho

0.06 MILES

Just below Igreja de São Martinho, you'll discover the lovely Jardim de São Martinho, a south-facing, artificially created set of gardens with thousands…

2. Cemitério de São Martinho

0.15 MILES

One of Funchal's largest cemeteries and well off the tourist path, making it all the more fascinating to visit. Funchal's wealthy were once laid to rest…

3. Praia Formosa

0.86 MILES

Anyone who says Madeira has no beaches should hop on bus 1 or 43 to the boulders and browny-black sand of this wild strand in Funchal's western suburbs…

4. Jardim Panorâmico

0.92 MILES

Up a set of steps from the seafront, the terraced Jardim Panorâmico is a sun-catching spot ideal for a lazy afternoon with a book. It's also a superb halt…

5. Complexo Balnear Ponta Gorda

1.07 MILES

This down-to-earth swimming and sunbathing area is located at Ponta Gorda, just west of Funchal. The pools, cafe bar, table tennis area and concrete …

6. Fortaleza do Pico

1.65 MILES

Easy to spot, but taxing to reach, it's worth the slog up to this rock-top fortress northwest of the city centre for the stupendous views, possibly the…

7. Parque de Santa Catarina

1.79 MILES

This large sloping park contains a well-equipped children's playground, a cafe and Madeira's first chapel. It's a lovely picnic spot amid exotic greenery.

8. Quinta das Cruzes


Now a museum, the Quinta das Cruzes is a quintessential old Madeiran manor house complete with gardens and a private chapel. Originally the home of João…