An island so beautiful it looks like a painting
Treat yourselves to a marvel. Enjoy a breathtaking journey, at any time of year, to discover an island most sought after by those who appreciate a slow-pace lifestyle and wild nature.
An MSC Mediterranean Cruise will take you to Madeira, the main island in the Portuguese archipelago of the same name of volcanic origin, in the Atlantic Ocean off the African coast. The capital of the region, Funchal, sublime pearl of the island, will captivate you with its relaxed and engaging atmosphere.
An MSC Excursion will allow you to discover Funchal, one of the most beautiful cities in Portugal. It will be like tiptoeing into a painting depicting a picturesque bay protected by steep mountains and stunning views. You will feel like the guests in a magical canvas on which colours, scents and tastes intertwine to offer you the most beautiful experience... and remember not to miss a single moment.
Funchal has a modern soul that you can enjoy with another MSC Excursion, but also a historical centre, the Zona Velha that preserves some of the most impressive monuments of the city. The majestic Church of the Incarnation, built in the 16th century, with its Romanesque-Gothic style of Hispanic-Arabic influence, is a precious jewel of traditional local craftsmanship, mainly because of the inlaid ceiling, the remarkable paintings and the imposing wooden doorway.
Admire the majestic sites of this island, during the MSC Excursion that will take you to the cliffs of Cabo Giro. Putting your courage to the test, you can look out from a spectacular glass panoramic terrace, with a 600 m void overlooking the sea, to admire the deep blue of the ocean and the ever-changing green of lush nature. Among the delicacies of the island, do not miss the taste of the traditional fennel candies known as ebuçados de funcho, to which the city owes its name.
Excursions & Activities
Reach the Port
The port is open to motor vehicles between 8:00 am and 23:00 pm.
Follow the signs for Funchal and Port or Pontinha.
Madeira Airport is less than a half-hour drive from Funchal’s city centre and port. There is a taxi rank immediately outside the airport building.
A bus service operated by the company SAM runs hourly at most times of the day, travelling from the airport to Funchal city centre and port.