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Madeira: Nature & Wine 4x4 Tour from Funchal or Caniço

1. Madeira: Nature & Wine 4x4 Tour from Funchal or Caniço

From Funchal, head to Serra d'Agua, a valley at the center of the island. Afterward, go to Encumeada viewpoint with its great views over north and south of the island, a high point that connects Ribeira Brava, São Vicente, and Paúl da Serra. After passing Chão dos Louros Forest Park, whose name comes from the abundance of laurels trees, take a nice off-road drive with fantastic views over Porto Moniz, Ribeira da Janela, Paul da Serra, and São Vicente. Then, have a fabulous experience with a very important wine producer in Madeira, enjoying a guided tour through the vineyards, followed by wine tasting. Enjoy a professional explanation about traditions, wine culture, and wine production given by an oenologist. Finally, move on to Cabo Girão, the highest cliff in Europe and second in the world at 589 meters, known for its suspended glass floor balcony that offers a spectacular panoramic view over the Atlantic, Câmara de Lobos, and Funchal.

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Madeira: West Tour with Porto Moniz and Volcanic Pools

2. Madeira: West Tour with Porto Moniz and Volcanic Pools

Just over three miles from the city of Funchal, the first stop is the famous, quaint fishing village of Câmara de Lobos, a favorite painting spot of the late Winston Churchill. Afterwards, travel up to the magnificent 1,902-feet high, glass balcony view point of Cabo Girão, famous for being the highest in Europe and second-highest cliff in the world. Traveling along the coast of the island, arrive shorty at the village of Ribeira Brava, where you can visit a church dating back to the 15th century. Next, make your way to the 3,303-feet high viewpoint, Encumeada, to enjoy beautiful views over both the north and south coasts of the island, as well as the valleys of Ribeira Brava and São Vicente. From an altitude of between 4,200-4,900 feet, find the tourist attraction Paúl de Serra and it's several levada walks that connect to different points of the island through the Laurissilva forest, such as Rabaçal, Risco, and the 25 fountains. Stop then for lunch (not included) and extra time at the seaside town of Porto Moniz, home to the largest volcanic natural pools of Madeira. On the descent toward the town, enjoy fantastic views, especially those of the volcanic pools in their entirety. In the good weather it is possible to take a dip, so come prepared. Next, enjoy a brief stop overlooking the black sandy beach and natural rock pools of Seixal village. Along the way, you'll have the pleasure of passing several waterfalls, most notably the famous and stunning Bride's Veil. Staring up at the water pouring down the mountain, you can see how the rock-face has been delicately sculpted by the wind and rain over millions of years to form what can only be described as the perfect art form. Following, visit the picturesque neighboring village of São Vicente, where you can check out a beautiful church dating from the 17th century before returning to Funchal.

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Madeira: Skywalk, Wine Tasting, 4x4 Tour & Dolphin Watching

3. Madeira: Skywalk, Wine Tasting, 4x4 Tour & Dolphin Watching

Depart from Funchal and travel to Serra de Água. Experience spectacular views of picturesque mountains and dense vegetation. Reach Encumeada Viewpoint and enjoy views over the north and south coast of the island.  Visit stunning vineyards in São Vicente. Enjoy a guided tour and learn about the production of wine in the area. Indulge with a wine tasting, complimented with cheeses, sausages and other snacks. Travel to the cliffs of Cabo Girao, the highest in Europe, and admire panoramic views over the Atlantic Ocean.  Board a catamaran and cruise along the south coast of Madeira. Take the chance to see dolphins and whales in their natural habitat. Stop for a swim in the crystal clear waters and relax in the sun. Learn about the different species of cetaceans you can find in the area. 

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Funchal: Skywalk, Madeira Wine 4x4 Tour & Dolphins Watching

4. Funchal: Skywalk, Madeira Wine 4x4 Tour & Dolphins Watching

Depart Funchal and drive to the Miradouro Boca dos Namorados for panoramic views almost 1,000 meters above sea level. Admire the famous Nun’s Valley and viewpoint of Eira do Serrado. Then, experience the island's unique nature on an off-road experience. Go to the Jardim da Serra at the heart of the cherry-growing region. Continue to Cabo Girão to see Europe's highest cliff at 589 meters tall. Get a fantastic view of Câmara de Lobos, Funchal Bay and the ocean. The viewpoint has been renovated and is known for its suspended glass floor balcony. End your jeep tour with a visit to the fishing village of Câmara de Lobos and discover one of the most traditional places on Madeira. Following drop off at Funchal Harbor, embark on a dolphin and whale watching tour by boat. Climb aboard a catamaran and cruise along the south coast of Madeira. Relax on the 3-hour trip with strong possibilities of seeing dolphins and whales in their natural habitat. During summer months, there is also the possibility of swimming below the cliff of Cabo Girao. This trip ends in Funchal’s Harbor. Get detailed explanations about the cetacean species that you can see from the informative crew.

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Madeira East or West Private Half-Day Tour by Open-Top Jeep

5. Madeira East or West Private Half-Day Tour by Open-Top Jeep

Get back to nature on a private half-day tour of Madeira and discover the stunning landscapes of the east or west side of the island by 4WD jeep..  Head to the majestic Pico do Arieiro for magnificent views at an altitude of 1,818 meters on the east island tour. Visit the Valley of the Nuns (Curral das Freiras), along with the sleepy village of Santo da Serra and its exotic woodlands. Tour west Madeira and visit Cabo Girão for a stunning view from the glass floor balcony of the highest sea cliff in Europe. Go to the Boca dos Namorados viewpoint and explore the Valley of the Nuns ( (Curral das Freiras), along with the traditional fishing village of Câmara de Lobos.

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Madeira West Island Full-Day Tour with Levada Walk

6. Madeira West Island Full-Day Tour with Levada Walk

Start your West Island Tour with hotel pick-up between 8:00 and 9:00. Your first stop will be at the famous fishing village of Câmara de Lobos, where the famous Sir Winston Churchill spent his days painting when he visited the island of Madeira. Continue to Cabo Girão to view the highest sea cliff in Europe. The tour's next stop is at Ribeira Brava, where you will make a quick visit to the church there. You will then discover Ponta de Sol. This name literally means "point of the sun," an apt description for the most beautiful village on the island. Next enjoy a scenic drive through the Laurissilva Forest up to the plateau of Pául da Serra. Stop for a short, flat, easy walk along a levada (an irrigation channel unique to Madeira). The tour proceeds to the northwest side of the island where you can visit the Porto Moniz, famous for its volcanic rock pools. If it's not crowded, the tour will stop here for lunch and quick swim. You could also continue down the scenic coastal route to Seixal for lunch and a swim. After lunch you will travel the coastal road, taking in the famous waterfalls en route to São Vincente. Then discover Encumeada Pass. The views here are breathtaking. Enjoy a final stop at a famous bar where the proprietors make "Poncha," a traditional spirit drink mixed with honey and orange juice. Return to the hotel at around 17:00.

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Madeira: 3-Hour Cabo Girao, Camara de Lobos 4x4 Tour

7. Madeira: 3-Hour Cabo Girao, Camara de Lobos 4x4 Tour

Discover the real Madeira countryside visiting Cabo Girão sea cliff, one of the highest in Europe. Explore the traditional hidden villages that site on the side of the coast. Buy souvenirs from the Camara de Lobos fishing village. Learn how the locals fish, inspired from a long history of fishing. This tour also visits Fontainhas, Boca dos Namorados and Estreito Camara de Lobos. Compare each village to the next, and see how culture transpires from one town to the next.  See the best that Protugal has to offer on this tour. Ride in comfort within a 4x4 wheel drive, with an open top. See the sights around and above you while driving. You can be comfortable with your family and meet new friends on this tour. Learn more about local fauna, flora, fruits, history, culture. This tour is ideal if you want a morning half-day tour. This tour generally runs between 3 and 4 hours.

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What people are saying about Cabo Girao Cliff

Overall rating

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based on 225 reviews

Our guide Rui made it an amazing experience all together ! The skywalk was good to start with, the off-road made it superb and the wine tasting was the icing on the cake. The activity as well as the walking in the vineyard for a short intro about the place; more than really getting the background and visual on how the wine is made. The good company was an nice extra. Worth it !

Really enjoyed the tour. Went to one of the mountains and had fantastic views then had an off road journey that was very fun. Next was a drink in an authentic cafe and finally more fantastic views of the island. Our guide was excellent and highly recommended. He made the experience really special.

We enjoyed everything from the trip. We started with drive up the steep incline to the skywalk, the off-road drive & finally the wine tasting at the vineyard. Highly recommended!

It is worth it! Beautiful places. Take your bathing suit to enjoy the natural pools of Porto Muniz! Try the swordfish with banana for lunch.

This was the best tour! I completely enjoyed the guide and the wine tasting. Lots of fun, even for a solo traveler. Highly recommend!