municipality and city in Madeira Island, Portugal

Funchal is the capital city of Madeira, part of Portugal. It is also the largest city of Madeira with 111,892 people.

A January 2014 panoramic view of Funchal
A January 2014 panoramic view of Funchal
Flag of Funchal
Coat of arms of Funchal
Location in Madeira
Location in Madeira
Coordinates: 32°39′N 16°55′W / 32.650°N 16.917°W / 32.650; -16.917
Country Portugal
Auton. regionMadeira
EstablishedSettlement: c.1424
Town: c.1452–1454
Municipality: c.1508
 • PresidentPedro Calado
 • Total76.15 km2 (29.40 sq mi)
 • Total105,795
 • Density1,400/km2 (3,600/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC±00:00 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+01:00 (WEST)
Postal code
Area code291

Funchal is in a valley. It has even temperatures all year round. There is a rainier and slightly cooler season from October through March. A drier and warmer season lasts from April through September.

Transportation change

The harbor of Funchal used to be the only major port in Madeira. In 2007 cargo trade was moved to the port of Caniçal, 12 miles to the east. Funchal still serves cruise ships, ferries, and other tourist-related boats and yachts.

A highway to Câmara de Lobos and Ribeira Brava is to the west. Santa Cruz, Machico and Caniçal can be reached to the east.

Madeira Airport is east of the city, in the municipality of Santa Cruz.