Santa Maria Maior

Santa Maria Maior

The Old Quarters


The civil parish of Santa Maria Maior was the birth place of the city of Funchal. The Old Quarters of the city are located in this civil parish. Santa Maria Maior is sprinkled with History a little everywhere.

Rua de Santa Maria, the oldest street on Madeira Island, is located in this civil parish.

The civil parish of Santa Maria Maior was established in 1577.


Today, Santa Maria Maior has relevant hotel units and a much diversified catering offer. In fact, you can find restaurants offering you the typical food of the region as well as those offering international gastronomy.


In addition, Santa Maria Maior has a few museums you can visit, such as the Electricity Museum. The place where formerly football was played, called Campo Almirante Reis, has been transformed in a garden and is now an arrival and departure point of Monte cable car.


Santa Maria Maior has about 14 thousand inhabitants, and an area of 488 hectares (1206 acres).


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