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Culture and heritage

With 6 centuries of history, these islands are guardians of a rich cultural heritage. The offer is wide and of high quality, from beautiful buildings such as churches and chapels, through the artistic interest of the monuments that coexist with the daily hustle and bustle of the city, to the museums and traditional cultural centres, which have inheritances from various origins.


They are starting points for a trip to the past, where you can discover some details of the history of these islands. Its relics include examples of Manueline, military and modernist architecture, paintings, furniture, sculptures, photography, porcelain, jewellery, among others.


In Funchal, the Baltazar Dias Theatre, built in 1888, is an important cultural focus and has a diverse agenda throughout the year.


In Calheta, the Mudas (Museum of Contemporary Art) was internationally awarded for its architecture and offers shows, conferences, plays, music concerts, as well as exhibitions.

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Jardim Municipal Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz

Estátua de Tristão Vaz

Largo da Igreja Matriz , Machico

Estátua do Cristo Rei do Garajau (Coração de Jesus)

Ponta do Garajau - Caniço, Santa Cruz

Fontanário General Craveiro Lopes

Rua Cónego Fernando Vaz, 9230-121 Santana, Santana

Fortaleza de S. Tiago

Fortaleza de São Tiago Rua do Portão de São Tiago 9060-250, Funchal
Segunda a Sexta -feira :09h00 às 17h30
Sábado, Domingo e Feriados

Forte de S. Fernando

Santa Cruz, 9100-105 Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz

Forte de S. José

Estrada da Pontinha - Forte de S. José, 9000-726, Funchal

Forte de São Bento

Rua Gago Coutinho e Secadura Cabral, Ribeira Brava
Segunda- feira - Sexta - feira: 10:00 - 15:30 / Sábado: 10:00 - 12:30
Domingos e feriados.