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From Funchal: Best of Madeira's West Tour

1. From Funchal: Best of Madeira's West Tour

Escape the hustle and bustle of Funchal on a full-day scenic tour of the west of Madeira. Admire the unspoiled natural beauty of the area and visit the charming villages of Câmara de Lobos and Porto Moniz. Following pickup from selected hotels in Funchal, pass through the traditional fishing village of Câmara de Lobos. Continue to Cabo Girão Skywalk, Europe's highest cliff skywalk at 589m. Next, head towards the Ribeira Brava and go north through the deep and narrow valleys of Serra D'Água. Upon arrival at Encumeada, enjoy an incredible view of the south and north coast of the island. Cross a mountain pass, and witness the rugged beauty of the north coast, where Atlantic rollers deposit white surf on the cliffs. Traverse Madeira's highest plateau, and enjoy more spectacular panoramas. Continue to São Vicente on Madeira’s north coast. Visit the beautiful village of Porto Moniz and take 1 hour for lunch, as well as time to admire the volcanic swimming pools. Finish your tour at Paul da Serra to see one of the biggest natural reserves in the world.

Funchal: Old Town Walking Tour

2. Funchal: Old Town Walking Tour

Meet your guide at Jesuit's College of Funchal, Madeira University to begin this 2-hour guided walking tour of Funchal. Learn how the history of Madeira and Funchal shaped the city centre as you visit the most important points of interest. Travel down the 19th century public walkway between the Municipal Theatre and the Cathedral, where sugarcane was first planted in Madeira, during the 15th century. Explore the city’s medieval heart dating from the Golden Age of Sugar and discover the beautiful 17th century religious monuments. Visit the ruins of the old Pilory Square and other remnants from past floods and the area damaged by the Great Fire of Funchal in 1584. This tour helps to support students at the University of Madeira who are facing financial difficulties.  

Madeira: Best of the East Tour from Funchal

3. Madeira: Best of the East Tour from Funchal

Discover the diverse landscapes of Madeira on a day-long tour. Wander charming towns, enjoy panoramic views and learn about the area from your expert guide. Depart from the meeting point at Funchal's Lido or take advantage of a free hotel pick-up in selected areas. The first stop is at the beautiful viewpoint of Terreiro da Luta, located a few kilometers outside Funchal. Next, drive toward the mountain of Pico do Arieiro. At an altitude of 1,818 meters, the third highest peak on the island offers breathtaking views. Once you've been to the highest drivable peak in Madeira, head back down through the forest on the way to the coast. Admire some of Madeira's emblematic straw-roof houses, pass pretty villages and get stunning seascape views. Arrive at the very eastern point of the island for some superb panoramas of the north and south coasts. Discover the popular start point for the levada walks, Ribeiro Frio, on the northern slopes of the island. See interesting trout pools and original vegetation. Madeira was once completely covered by laurissilva forest, a relic from prehistoric times. Stop for lunch in Santana, characterized by its small, thatched triangular houses. Past Portela go towards Ponta de São Lourenço, situated in the eastern part of the island. This is a place where a fantastic combination of rocks, sea, and nature combine. The last town to be visited is Machico, a viewpoint where you can look over the bay and the golden sandy beach.

Madeira: Nuns Valley Half-Day Tour

4. Madeira: Nuns Valley Half-Day Tour

Explore the stunning landscapes of the Curral da Freiras (Nuns Valley) on a scenic half-day tour from Funchal. Journey to the center of Madeira to find dramatic, cloud-topped mountains and verdant valleys. Board the minibus in the center of Funchal, and make your way to Eira do Serrado for one of the most beautiful views in Madeira. Continue down to Curral da Freiras, traveling past forest bushes and the quaint houses typical of the Madeiran countryside.  Arrive in Nuns Valley, and see a small village nestling between almost perpendicular mountains that is isolated by the region's stunning geography. The locals mainly survive off the cultivation of crops like delicious chestnuts.  Return to Funchal, stopping at the fishing village of Câmara de Lobos, where Winston Churchill painted his beautiful landscapes. Purchase a glass of the legendary drink Poncha (alcoholic drink with honey, lemon, and juice) before you return to Funchal. 

From Funchal: East Coast of Madeira Tour

5. From Funchal: East Coast of Madeira Tour

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.

Funchal: Full-Day 4x4 Eastern Tour

6. Funchal: Full-Day 4x4 Eastern Tour

On this tour, see the best views of the eastern side of Madeira, a unique experience passing by the non-touristic villages. Start with a visit to Machico, where Portuguese captains landed for the first time. Move on to Portela for an experience with the amazing countryside of Madeira, overlooking Eagle Rock (Penha D'Aguia), known as the human face. Enjoy the view over the rocks and the coast. Afterwards, continue to the sugar cane and rum factory in Porta da Cruz. Taste the local rums and learn about the local production of rum. Travel down the serpentine roads to the village of Santana to visit the traditional thatched houses, and enjoy a delicious lunch during your stay in Santana. In the afternoon, visit the 3rd highest peak of Madeira. At 1818 meters you will have a 360° view over the surroundings, passing by Ribeiro Frio Village.

Madeira: West Tour with Porto Moniz and Volcanic Pools

7. 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.

Funchal: Private Guided Walking Tour

8. Funchal: Private Guided Walking Tour

Begin your private walking tour in the Mercado dos Lavradores. Learn how the history of Madeira and Funchal shaped the city center as you visit the most important points of interest. Visit the main farmer's market to discover regional products. Explore the city’s medieval heart dating from the Golden Age of Sugar and discover the beautiful 17th-century religious monuments. Continue through the Old Town, passing the Sea Avenue and visiting the City Door, once the main gate from the Sea to the Madeiran capital. Next, stop at the famous Funchal Cathedral, visit the interior of the Church, and marvel at its amazing roof and gold carving. Make your way along Avenue Arriaga to see the Palace of São Lourenço and the Marina of Funchal. End the tour in Catarina City Park.

Funchal: Guided City Tuk-Tuk Tour

9. Funchal: Guided City Tuk-Tuk Tour

Once aboard your charismatic tuk tuk, you will begin exploring the 15th-century Old Town of Funcha. Discover the doors and walls painted by local artists, as you ride through the narrow streets to Vila Guida. Relax at wonderful viewpoints without the noise of the city, before traveling to the city center to see the statue of Gonçalves Zarco, Town Hall, the cathedral, and other historical buildings. You'll also explore the Mercado dos Lavradores, which is a local farmer's market. Riding up to the hill you will enjoy the views before reaching the Fortress of São João Batista of Pico. The magnificent panoramic views of the city will make for the best introduction for your knowledge of Funchal. Your tour will later conclude with your driver/guide dropping your off wherever you wish in the city center.

Madeira by Night with Traditional Dinner

10. Madeira by Night with Traditional Dinner

Immerse yourself in the color and spectacle of a typical night in Madeira and see what an evening of traditional entertainment is all about as you experience the Bailinho da Madeira, as its known to the locals. Watch a performance of song and dance by artists in traditional attire. You will also be offered some tasty food in the form of top-quality local specialties. Savor the traditional main dish of espetada. Made from succulent, seasoned pieces of beef cooked on huge skewers, it is often served with other local produce, including traditional bolo do caco (flat bread). End the evening with a stop at one of Funchal’s viewpoints for a stunning view of the city before you return to the meeting point, where the tour ends.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 1,667 reviews

Unfortunately it rained. That's why there was nothing to be seen on the Pico de Arieiro except rain and fog. Bruno, our guide, managed to keep the mood of the group high thanks to his sense of humour. He also speaks very good English and German! All further stops were fortunately accompanied by good weather. The tour contains many highlights and well-chosen destinations. 100% recommendation from me :-) Thank you for the great trip!

Bruno was an excellent guide, very safe, funny, perfect English and German. Weather wasn’t great up top but he couldn’t help that! Only downside to trip was my wife getting food poisoning in outside café near swimming stop in Porto Moniz, again, nothing to do with Bruno! Despite that we all enjoyed the tour

A great tour. The van was comfortable. The most unique part was the interaction of our driver/guide Nuno. He was excellent. Described everything, gave us enough time to see the places and take pictures. He also suggested a great restaurant for lunch. Overall, 5 stars.

Fantástico guide very knowledgeable and a great start to our holidays. We like that the money goes back to the students. Thank you

Guides are student from Erasmus program, who know surprisingly a lot about Funchal and Madeira. It was very pleasant experience.