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Fundacao Livraria Esperanca

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Address: Rua Ferreiros 156, Funchal, Madeira 9000-082, Portugal
Phone Number:
+351 291 221 116
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

Known as one of the oldest and biggest bookshops in Portugal. We have...

Known as one of the oldest and biggest bookshops in Portugal. We have 107.000 different titles displayed by cover and in 3 different floors. A fantastic place with a lot of history being this bookshop in a XVI century palace for everyone who loves books its a magical place where you can loose yourself in the middle of the culture, history and books. A place you must visit in Madeira!

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Awesome quirky wonderland of books

I'm quite a purveyor of oddity and this place doesn't disappoint. :) A labyrinthine maze of all sorts of things. Lots of old books, many of which I desperately wished I could... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed August 18, 2016
Ryan C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2016

I'm quite a purveyor of oddity and this place doesn't disappoint. :) A labyrinthine maze of all sorts of things. Lots of old books, many of which I desperately wished I could read. My own personal highlight was a complete wall of 1950s – 1970s scifi paperbacks. Amazing collection. The computer section alone is worth the visit, with an entire... More 

2 Thank Ryan C
Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 25, 2015

Even if you don't read Portuguese (there are some books in English), it's still fun to explore this multi-story used book shop. Here, the book covers are works of art filling the walls. Very friendly welcome (in English!).

2 Thank AvuncularAmerican
Lisbon, Portugal
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2014

This is "one of the biggest bookshops in the world", as they advertise it, and after visiting it it's not hard to believe that it is true. Its small entrance hides a labyrinth of rooms, big and small, covered in books from floor to ceiling. It's so big, it's overwhelming. The somewhat caothic organization of the books doesn't help the... More 

3 Thank Santi P
Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2014

I heard about this place once on television! It is considered one of the biggest bookstores in Europe, and as an avid reader I had to see this place to myself! This is definitely a readers paradise with thousands of books! I travelled the world and let me tell you, this is the most fun you can have. Forget commercial... More 

7 Thank Dino F
Madeira, Portugal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2014

Like the story of the movie, Its a visit that will never end and will certainly make you a "bookworm" you've never been! It's impossible to come to this amazing bookstore and see so many book faces.. more than 107 thousand books just waiting to you reach them and start to read one line our two. 3 floors of story,... More 

4 Thank snobrega
Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2013

As you walk along this cobbled street, you come across an ordinary doorway, as you step inside you feel like you have been transported into this wonderful world of books!! Any genre, for any age group and every interest you can possibly think of! Thousands of titles, all displayed by cover! Seriously no easy feat! Be prepared to spend a... More 

6 Thank Susana_Gouveia
Calheta, Portugal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2013

Just off the Municipal square you will find this old bookshop. Really "bookshop" does not do it credit. On three floors with thousands of titles in many languages, rare editions, first editions, in modern parlance, a megastore is more like it! Very helpful staff will help you browse, or leave you to wander around alone. A little help is advisable.... More 

7 Thank Madeiramakem
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2013

Even if you do not understand Portuguese, this bookshop is worth a visit just for the enormity of it and the building is an old small palace, ceilings are beautiful.

4 Thank MoleyPembrokeshire

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