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From Funchal: Ponta de São Lourenço/Caniçal Full-Day Hike

1. From Funchal: Ponta de São Lourenço/Caniçal Full-Day Hike

Join a tranquil walk along a trail at the eastern end of the island in Caniçal, part of the Natural Park of the island. On this full-day walk, take the opportunity to see both the north and south coasts of Madeira. Discover and enjoy the unique fauna and flora, including hundreds of species, or take a moment to explore the curious rock formations, created as a result of the volcanic origin of the island. Witness the rocky and contrasting alternative to the evergreen levada paths. Enjoy magnificent views over the Desertas islands in the south, and Porto Santo to the north, excellent sights which are present all through your walk.  At the end of the walk, take the chance to go for a swim in the clear ocean, making your tour a unique and memorable experience.

Larano: Mountain/Cliff Walking Tour

2. Larano: Mountain/Cliff Walking Tour

Take part in this fascinating full-day journey, through rich agricultural land and crops from the city of Machico, complemented with superb views over São Lourenço Península, Porto Santo Island and the northeastern coast. In the past, this was the only way to travel from Machico or Caniçal to the village of Porto da Cruz, located in the Northeast. Starting from a lower altitude, you will walk up through the more challenging section of this beautiful path, where you will traverse a section of a cliff and mountain that takes you all the way to the northern part of the island.    Your walk lasts from around 9 AM to 5 PM. The 12-kilometer path takes approximately 4 hours and 30 minutes to complete. Come and explore this beautiful walking tour!

Lighthouse View 2: Ponta de São Lourenço Boat Tour

3. Lighthouse View 2: Ponta de São Lourenço Boat Tour

Embark on a boat trip to admire a 150-year-old lighthouse, the oldest in Madeira Archipelago. See Ilhéu do Desembarcadouro, the North Coast, its beautiful caves and calm bays. This islet is a protected conservation area for its rich biodiversity. The Farol da Ponta de São Lourenço is a lighthouse located on the islet of São Lourenço. It lies on the extreme east of Madeira Island. The lighthouse was built in 1870 on top of a small extinct volcano. Spot several species of animals and plants that are unique to this area along the way. Marvel at the flowering plants of Marmulano, endemic to Madeira Islands. Soak in spectacular views from the Baía d´Abra Viewpoint over Ponta de São Lourenço and its coastline. There are different starting and ending point options for the tour. Choose the one that fits your needs. If you decide to end at Marina da Quinta do Lorde, you will see the Elephant rock before completing the tour.

Quinta do Lord: Baia d'Abra Water Taxi

4. Quinta do Lord: Baia d'Abra Water Taxi

Travel easily between Marina Quinta do Lorde and Cais do Sardinha with this water taxi service. On the horizon to the south you will be able to see the Ilhas Desertas (Deserted Islands) and to the north, the Porto Santo Islands.  You will also be able to enjoy the sea views of Ponta de São Lourenço bay, and the Baía d’Abra. From the pier at Cais do Sardinha you will be able to walk to visit the Casa do Sardinha Natur Spot Café. You can do a one-way tour if you decide to do the walk to Ponta de São Lourenço and want to come back by boat. You can also book a one-way boat in the opposite direction, or a return service to do both.

Northeast Madeira 4X4 Tour from Funchal

5. Northeast Madeira 4X4 Tour from Funchal

Head out from Funchal on a full-day tour of Madeira’s north-east. Leaving the town behind, stop in São Vicente, and take in amazing 360-degree views. Marvel at the contrast of colors from the vineyards. Enjoy a drive along serpentine roads and through forests. Discover the unique scenery of the area from an open-top 4X4 vehicle. Before lunch, visit a water mill and see the traditional thatched houses of Santana. Stop to enjoy lunch in idyllic surroundings, and later visit a sugar cane and rum factory, where you can taste the local rum. Finish your tour in Caniçal, where you’ll have spectacular views of Ponta São Lourenço – the eastern part of the island.

Madeira : East Side - Santana 4x4Tour

6. Madeira : East Side - Santana 4x4Tour

Between the views and the countryside! We climb to one of the highest points on the island, Pico do Areeiro, and descend between alternative paths and the most charming rural areas in the East. We visit the typical houses of Santana, as well as the parish of Porto da Cruz, popular for the old RUM factory. And we end our adventure at the easternmost point of the island where we can see the north and south coast from the same viewpoint (and on good visibility days, Porto Santo Island)

Madeira Island: Full-Day Guided Tour of Eastern Madeira

7. Madeira Island: Full-Day Guided Tour of Eastern Madeira

This tour aims at showing the Eastern side of Madeira Island. Main attractions are Pico do Areeiro in 1818 meters, Ribeiro Frio that you can see the trout ponds, the typical straw-roofed houses of Santana the East/North part of the Island, Porto da Cruz where here you have the Rum Factory that you can make a proof and relax a little near of the sea, and for finish we visit the Caniçal the most eastern part of Madeira Island. Route: Start in Funchal / Monte / Pico do Arieiro (1818 meters) / Ribeiro Frio (Option Levada Walk Balcões) / Off-Road to Queimadas / Santana (Lunch) / Faial / Porto da Cruz (Rum Factory) / Caniçal / Machico and Return to Hotel.

Madeira: Guided Tour discovering the East Coast

8. Madeira: Guided Tour discovering the East Coast

The itinerary of the east coast of Madeira Island starts with a visit to Pico do Arieiro, one of the highest points on the island with breathtaking views of the mountains and the ocean. We then stop at Ribeiro Frio to do a small levada, the Levada dos Balcões, an easy 1.5 km walk that leads to a viewpoint overlooking the mountains. After the walk, we head to the Miradouro do Guindaste on Faial, where you can see the suspended glass platforms that allow visitors to walk over the cliffs. The tour continues with a visit to the famous Casinhas de Santana, where we can explore the traditional Madeiran houses with their thatched thatched roofs. It's an opportunity to take a picture on one of the island's postcards and go back in time imagining what it would be like to live in such a strategic little house from times gone by. For lunch, we stop at Restaurante Quinta do Furão, which offers delicious local cuisine, as well as spectacular views of the sea and mountains. After enjoying a delicious lunch, we will visit the ruins of Calhau de São Jorge. This place is known for its natural and historical beauty, the ruins are the remains of a fortification built in the 17th century to protect the island's coast from attacks by pirates and foreign invaders. However, the fortification was abandoned and gradually fell into disrepair after the end of the 18th century, and nowadays only a few walls and partially standing towers remain. Despite this, the ruins are still a point of tourist and cultural interest on the island, attracting visitors looking to learn a little about Madeira's history and enjoy the beautiful view of the Atlantic Ocean. Then we head to the Miradouro da Ponta do Rosto, which offers incredible views of Ponta de São Lourenço, a rocky peninsula that juts out into the ocean. Finally, we end the tour with a visit to Pico do Facho in Machico. This peak offers incredible views of the bay of Machico and is a historic site where the first Portuguese explorers arrived on the island of Madeira. It's a great way to end the tour and enjoy the natural beauty of the east coast of the island.

From Funchal: Eastern Peninsula Running Tour (Easy-Moderate)

9. From Funchal: Eastern Peninsula Running Tour (Easy-Moderate)

This 9-kilometer guided trail running experience is the best way to get to know the São Lourenço Peninsula. Always surrounded by the sea, this peninsula offers beautiful views of the water and of the volcanic formations and cliffs. If the weather is right, it also helps to have a swim halfway through to cool down.   Your track begins at the end of Caniçal Road (ER214) and follows a trail between the cliffs that make up the peninsula. Arrive in Casa do Sardinha and climb to the Pico do Furado, where you can catch an amazing view of the Baia d’Abra, as well as the islands of Porto Santo and Desertas.   On the descent, if the weather is good, you can dive into the clear waters of the Cais do Sardinha before returning to the starting point by the same trail.

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based on 43 reviews

Excellent experience! Charlotte and Nono were both fantastic and very accommodating. Constantly kept us informed on schedule, timing and plans which is always appreciated. Would definitely recommend Lido tours to friends and family. The walk itself is set at a slow to mid pace out there (handy as Charlotte has lots of nuggets of information about the setting) but you have the freedom to walk at your own leisure on the way back which is great.

This is a great hike. It has everything from farming to plant life and scenery that is breathtaking The guide Charlotte was great , knowledgeable, engaging and her enthusiasm about showing off all the different aspects of the island was amazing. Well worth the trip and highly recommended. A mention to our driver also who has to wait for us at the end while we quenched our thirst.

It was a great tour with a great guide! She had a lot of good information on the very varied route and was able to provide us with hidden unique views due to her connection to the area. A very nice experience. English, Portuguese, French and also a little German spoke directly to all participants.

amazing! guide was fantastic! so knowledgeable and knew all the secrets

A demanding hike but so beautiful and spectacular.