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Madeira: West Tour with Porto Moniz and Volcanic Pools

1. 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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From Funchal: 25 Fountains Levada Walk and Jeep Safari

2. From Funchal: 25 Fountains Levada Walk and Jeep Safari

Depart Funchal and journey west to the Paul da Serra viewpoint in Calheta. Upon arrival, embark on a hike of the famous Levada das 25 Fontes e Risco walk and encounter the amazing waterfalls that give the nature trail its name. Then, go to Pico da Urze for lunch in a typical restaurant at your own expense. Continue off-road to the village of Ponta do Sol to see the stunning south coast of Madeira. Get bird's eye views from the coastal town of Ribeira Brava. Make your way to the highest cliff in Europe at Cabo Girão for stunning vistas 580 meters above sea level.

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Funchal: Northern Levada Walking Tour

3. Funchal: Northern Levada Walking Tour

One of the longest and most important levada of the island, this is a very pleasant trail where the climate is milder than some of the other surrounding areas. Your walk starts in Cabo Girão, from where it will pass through the valley of Quinta Grande and Campanário. Along the path you will be able to observe the green fields, the carefully worked plantations, and the houses and buildings that form the villages. This walking tour takes approximately 2 hours and features amazing views over both the ocean and mountains. You will be able to observe some of the small local plantations and vineyards throughout this experience, as you meander by them along the trail. By the time your tour has concluded, you will have gotten to know a little more of the island of Madeira.

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Madeira West Island Full-Day Tour with Levada Walk

4. 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: Levado do Norte 2-Hour Hiking Tour

5. Madeira: Levado do Norte 2-Hour Hiking Tour

The Levada do Norte is one of the largest and most important levadas (irrigation channels) of the island of Madeira, running through much of the region. This magnificent stretch of the Levada do Norte begins just below the well-known Cabo Girão, leading hikers to the area of Boa Morte in Ribeira Brava. This 2-hour tour takes you on a very pleasant and easy trail that can be done all year around as it is located in the southern part of the island, where the climate is milder. Along the way, you can enjoy the fantastic views of the parishes of Câmara de Lobos and Campanário. You can also admire the green fields, the carefully worked plantations, and as set of houses and buildings that form the villages. Occasionally, you may pass some local people of the area handling their land or just taking a walk.

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What people are saying about Cabo Girao Cliff

A very recommendable tour that leads to the best places in Madeira. The guide was very patient, friendly and was able to score with useful information about the area. I would definitely do the tour again!

Our tourguide Ruben was amazing. He was extremely friendly and shared a lot of knowledge about Madeira with us. We will definitely recommend this trip to friends and family.

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.

A really good way to know the island, plenty of things to see and our guide was really nice and friendly.

Our guide Ruben was very welcoming, informative and the drive with the jeep was fun. Thank you!