We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Santa Clara Monastery

Funchal, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
+351 291 742 602
Review Highlights
Great view from the tower!

Lovely visit, very peaceful and calming. Worth the climb to the platform at the top of the tower... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Sale, Cheshire, UK

Only guided tours are allowed. Tour roup was huge and guide had to speak in three languages as... read more

Reviewed May 20, 2017
Greater London, United Kingdom
Read all 325 reviews
Sponsored by:
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good35%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“ring the bell” (25 reviews)
“guided tour” (26 reviews)
“steep climb” (10 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Funchal, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
+351 291 742 602
Write a Review
Reviews (325)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More languages

1 - 10 of 182 reviews

Reviewed 5 days ago

Lovely visit, very peaceful and calming. Worth the climb to the platform at the top of the tower, not too many steps and not steep.

Thank Juliesamari
Reviewed May 20, 2017

Only guided tours are allowed. Tour roup was huge and guide had to speak in three languages as other guides were not available. There is not a lot to see other than the church and the nuns private room, but interesting to see.

Thank wibster2000
Reviewed May 13, 2017

This is a lovely place to visit, they run regular tours which are informative & fun. Well worth a visit.

Thank Mich765
Reviewed May 12, 2017

A glimpse behind the convent walls. Lots of interesting history and a good guide who showed us round.

Thank annmO8508MG
Reviewed April 29, 2017

This is a very unprepossessing place from the outside, but inside, there are some beautiful places to visit, and the guide tells an interesting story about the history of the convent. It is well worth the steep climb up from the town.

Thank Ukangelique
Reviewed April 24, 2017

We were taken on a tour in a small group by a delightful guide, knowledgeable and full of details. She was also keen to extend her knowledge of English so we had great fun!

Thank LincolnshireLyn
Reviewed April 18, 2017

A steep Climb up a narrow street, a small square and a Bell ring to enter. THE guided Tour brings You in THE different cloisters, Chapels with Great decorations and azulejos, beautifull paintings and a magnificent Church. Super and absolutely top of madeira

Thank marcmgvanhoey
Reviewed March 31, 2017

The convent holds an important place in Madeiran history and has a great atmosphere. There seems to be a lack of investment to enable the potential to be realised, but nevertheless the convent is well worth a visit. The charge of two euros for the...More

Thank kent57
Reviewed March 30, 2017

The inside of the church of Santa Clara is an amazing site. The walls of the church are tiled from roof to floor and the altarpiece, made of gilded wood, is stunning. A quiet place to sit for a few moments reflection.

Thank bandb34
Reviewed March 23, 2017

OK - if you like convents, you should probably visit here. If you don't you shouldn't. Its pretty simple. However, the convent is woefully underkept - EUR2 per visitor is not a lot of money - and the tour guide we had was rather depressing....More

Thank Martin V
Sponsored by:
Nearby Restaurants
Restaurante Dos Combatentes
1,103 reviews
.11 miles away
Theo's Bazar Cafe
532 reviews
.11 miles away
The Ritz
1,842 reviews
.07 miles away
674 reviews
.08 miles away
Nearby Attractions
Madeira Film Experience
312 reviews
.05 miles away
Madeira Trail Tours
16 reviews
.09 miles away
Municipal Gardens
350 reviews
.08 miles away
Questions & AnswersAsk a question
I have always wanted to visit Santa Clara but times have not worked out.......are you open on a Saturday.We will be in Madeira on Saturday 19th March.
February 14, 2016|
Answer Show all 5 answers
Response from reisender3 | Reviewed this property |
Hello, following the website visitmadeira/convento de santa clara it seems to be open on Saturday. But watch out for lunchtime closing. To be sure you can call there directly (+351 291 742 602) Have a nice time on... More