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From Funchal: East Coast of Madeira Tour

4.8 / 5

23 reviews

Activity provider: Madeira Island Tours

From Funchal: East Coast of Madeira Tour

Activity provider: Madeira Island Tours
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From US$ 29.91 per person

On this private group tour, explore the stunning nature of Laurissilva Forest and the high peaks of Pico do Arieiro along Madeira’s east coast. See local life as you discover typical A-frame houses and visit the local towns of the island.

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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
Audio guide included
English, Portuguese, French, Spanish
Pickup included
From your accommodation in Funchal, Machico, or Caniço.
Private or small groups available


  • Admire stunning panoramic views of Madeira from Pico do Arieiro
  • Visit the typical A-frame houses commonly found on the island
  • Learn about the lives of the locals and their traditions
  • Walk in local the 20-million-year-old Laurissilva Forest
Full description
The tour heads first to Camacha for a visit to the largest outlet on the island for wicker products where demonstrations of wicker weaving can be seen. Continue uphill by heading for Pico do Arieiro for tremendous views over a succession of knife-edge ridges and sheer cliffs. At an altitude of 1,818 meters, it is the third-highest peak in Madeira. Continue your journey downhill through small terraces lining the road before you reach the Laurissilva Forest, one of the most beautiful natural treasures of Madeira. This forest is about 20 million years old and was classified a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999.  The next stop is at the charming village of Santana, a picture of domestic and agricultural prosperity known for its traditional stone houses with steep, triangular-shaped thatched roofs. Traditionally people lived in these ingenious structures and you can discover how spacious the A-frame buildings are when you visit one. Next, drive down the north coast to the rural village of Porto da Cruz, home to the only functioning sugar mill in the north coast. This small village has a maze of alleys and, as well as a beautiful sea promenade, the former warehouses are being converted into cafes. Lastly, take in Praia de Machico, a beautiful bay with an uncommonly shaped valley that looks as if a balcony overlooks the sea and the mountains. The sugar cane crops and its mills made it very important for Madeira’s economy until the 17th century. The eastern side of the bay is dominated by Pico do Facho’s 320 meter peak, named after the beacon that used to be lit here to warn residents of approaching pirates. Heading home, enjoy views of the coast and enormous Madeira junipers trees which have become quite rare over the years.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Tour guide
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking
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4.8 /5

based on 23 reviews

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It was a good tour. Maybe would have preffered a little more info about the surroundings that we passed on the way to main visiting points but other than that it was okay. The weather was not very nice that day..quite chilly, especially on the mountain viewpoint the wind was very cold so make sure you have an additional hoddie or a scarf or something :)

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April 24, 2022

Carlos was an amazing guide. He was very knowledgeable and patient with our questions about the island. The pace of the tour was amazing, we had enough time to cover all the main spots of the East without feeling rushed. The views on the way to the destinations were equally amazing. Highly recommended! Thank you for the wonderful day!

December 20, 2021

April 23, 2022

Product ID: 303473