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Madeira wheelchair accessible - Travel tips

Do you want to visit Madeira and to know how wheelchair friendly this island is?

Despite its hilly roads, Funchal received the "Access City Award 2017" award from the European Commission, a "special mention for its commitment to accessibility in a difficult geographical context."

In this article, we suggest hotels, restaurants and several activities to do in Madeira which are wheelchair accessible.


In Madeira, all taxis accept folding wheelchairs. If you use a fixed (non-folding) wheelchair, you can contact the taxi company, Taxis Madeira (+ 351 291 764 476, 24 hours a day) or AITRAM Taxis (+ 351 765 760 from 8: 30-12: 30 and 14: 00-18: 00). Please address this issue in advance so that they can arrange an appropriate vehicle.

Public buses "Horários do Funchal" nº 1, 2, and 4 are accessible to wheelchairs with a folding ramp.

You can also rent a private minibus by contacting the local company "Horários do Funchal" directly or by calling +351 291 707 570.

Hotels and Restaurants

The Cliff Bay Hotel, Porto Santa Maria Hotel and Porto Mare  in Madeira have accessible rooms. The width of the doors varies between 76 and 90 cm. They have adapted toilets, with a chair and grab bars, as well as a walk-in shower or recessed shower base. 

PortoBay hotels in Madeira have 8 restaurants with wheelchair access:

IL GALLO D'ORO (2 Michelin starred restaurants)

THE ROSE GARDEN (international cuisine - dinner)

THE BLUE LAGOON (BBQ, salad buffet and à la carte menu)

ARSENAL (international cuisine - lunch or dinner)

MED (Mediterranean cuisine - dinner)

IL BASILICO (Italian cuisine - lunch, dinner and tapas)

ALFAMA (Portuguese cuisine - lunch and dinner)

ATLANTIDA (international cuisine with "show cooking", dinner)

Please let us know your specific preferences by email: info@portobay.pt so that you can easily plan your stay at PortoBay hotels.

11 Attractions and activities in Madeira which are wheelchair accessible:

1- Accessible Route of Funchal. On this map, you will find an accessible route to discover the main attractions of the capital. You can download the map and explore the city at your own pace and enjoyment.

2- Visit Monte via the cable car! - Enjoy this incredible cable car trip and discover the beautiful area of Monte in Funchal.


3- Visit the CR7 Museum. Get to know the life and achievements of the best football player in the world!

4- "A way for all” in Queimadas area (Santana). Let yourself be fascinated by the beauty of the incredible Laurissilva Forest, through this 2 km route.

5- Are you fond of Art? Visit the Museum of Modern Art "Mudas" in Calheta. If you like sculpture and painting, visit the Henrique and Francisco Franco Museum and admire the incredible collection of these Madeiran artists.

6- Do you travel with children? Get to know the Toy Museum, where there is a toy for all ages! Do not miss the Whale Museum in Caniçal and discover these giant marine animals.

7- If you appreciate religious art, you will be surprised to visit Funchal’s cathedral, with a magnificent altarpiece from the 16th century! Note that there is an accessible entrance through the left/side door of the church.

8- Meet the beautiful Farmers Market and smell, taste and feel the energy of this place through flowers, fruits, spices and vegetables. The fish market can be more easily accessed, through Rua da Boa Viagem.

9- Have a picnic in Santa Catarina Park and relax with spectacular views of Funchal Bay. 

10- Have fun aboard the Sea Nature catamaran, and see dolphins and whales in the immensity of the sea, its natural environment.

11- Seeking culture? The Baltazar Dias Municipal Theatre offers fascinating spectacles, music and entertainment all year round. Check the program and choose your favourite day!  In this Theater, you’ll find accessible toilets and wheelchair seating.

Sometimes travelling to the unexpected can be stressful. We hope these tips will help you to enjoy a wonderful vacation! We would like to know how your experience on the Island was. Please leave us your comments and suggestions. 


The Cliff Bay . Vila Porto Mare . Porto Santa Maria.

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