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Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 32 reviews

A tour to experience a market mainly frequented by locals, so unlike the Mercado Dos Lavadores in Funchal where the only Madeirans you will see are the sellers, this is the real thing and prices are competitive and low. There's authentic local specialities too, Poncha, cider, stone baked bread and so much more ...... The gardens are a must visit too. So peaceful, with lovely birdsong. I could easily have spent an hour there. Santa Cruz is a lovely place too. It would have been ideal to spend an hour or more there enjoying the promenade, enjoying a snack in one of the tavernas. For me the wickerwork factory was a commercialised showcase for tourists, way too “staged” and inauthentic. I would rather have spent my time at the other venues. Maybe because over the years I've visited villages involved in creating one craft, mainly sat at their doors, which is what wickerwork used to be here ...... The tour delivered a unique experience without the need for a hirecar.

Authentic, local market - highly recommended.

An interesting trip with three stops. First stop was a small village with enough time for a quick coffee by the sea. Then to a viewpoint for photo taking. Finally, to the local Sunday market at Santo da Serra. We only had about an hour here but the market is small so it was enough time. It's a low key affair where you can try/buy home made Poncha and cider as well as fruit, veg and cakes. All very reasonably priced. It felt very authentic - not much English spoken but everyone very friendly. Pick-up was on time and minibus was very comfortable. An interesting and informative commentary was given by our driver, Roberto.

A very pleasant way to spend a Sunday in Madeira

A lovely trip up into the hills stopping at small pretty villages. Plenty of time to visit the local farmers market to see how the locals shop for produce. Then onto the wicker shop where we had time for a coffee. Very enjoyable but dont rely on this trip as a shopping opportunity.

Excellent way to see both the old city and the Botanical Gardens

This was a really good way to get to places my husband would have struggled walking to. Kat was kind and generous with information and with making our trip meet our personal needs and expectations

Very helpful and polite driver. Interesting mode of transport, much more enjoyable than a taxi.