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  • From Funchal: Enchanted Terraces and Porto do Moniz Tour

    1. From Funchal: Enchanted Terraces and Porto do Moniz Tour

    Depart Funchal and travel by 4WD vehicle towards Madeira's northwest coast, passing a stunning green landscape to locations such as Serra de Água. Journey along forgotten and enchanted old roads and get a glimpse into the island's everyday life. Go to Encumeada, where one of the island's famous walking trails leads to Madeira's highest peak. Pass through the laurel forests of Chão dos Louros and marvel at the mountains and valleys from Ginjas and Paul da Serra, where the view from the plateau is breathtaking. Continue to Fanal in the middle of the Laurissilva Forest and then proceed to Porto do Moniz, famous for its natural swimming pools. If weather permits, enjoy the warmth of the sea, or continue to Seixal known for its black sand beach. Stop for lunch (own expense) in Seixal, before continuing to the coastal town of São Vicente. Make your way back to Funchal for the end of the tour...

    The tour was amazing! Sadly the weather wasn’t the best, so the views weren’t as impressive as they could have been. The tour has changed a little since the description was written, because some roads got too dangerous. The off-road was so much fun and our Tour-Guide Igor was such a charismatic individual! Great pleasure to have gotten to know him. Bathing in Seixal was absolutely beautiful! (It’s worth waiting for Seixal to go swimming, Porto Moniz looks beautiful too but Seixal is even better!) Can only recommend.

  • From Funchal: Best of Madeira's West Tour

    2. 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. 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 at the top of the valley, enjoy an incredible view of the south and north coast of the island. Cross a mountain pass, where both sides of the island are visible, and travel down to 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. Next, go to São Vicente on Madeira’s north coast. Visit the beautiful village of Porto Moniz. Here you will have approximately 1 hour for ...

    Great, knowledgeable and funny driver/guide. Good quality minibus, with safety features explained and adhered too. Great location on route, with plenty of time to enjoy them. Would definitely recommend the trip.

  • Funchal: Old Town Walking Tour

    3. 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.  

    Julian was great! He was very knowledgeable and confident and able to answer our questions. He was really friendly and informative, such a pleasant guide

  • Madeira: Best of the East Tour from Funchal

    4. Madeira: Best of the East Tour from Funchal

    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 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...

    This tour was interesting to see the East coast of the island. Unfortunately for us the weather was rainy and cloudy at the start of the trip so we didn’t get very good views at Pico do Arieiro which are spectacular. Santana was the main stopping point here which was lovely. The rest of the stops are mainly view points but also beautiful. Our guide Marco was a lovely chap and had great knowledge of the island. The roads are very windy so something to bear in mind if you get travel sick! Would recommend this tour.

  • Madeira: Nuns Valley Half-Day Tour

    5. 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 Lido, 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. Once in Nuns Valley, see a small village nestling between almost perpendicular mountains. How the huge cauldron in which the Nuns Valley formed is open to debate. Some people say it was the result of erosion, while older theories maintain it was a result of volcanic activity. What is beyond dispute is that the village is very isolated. The locals mainly live off what they cultivate, including the delicious chestnuts that are the centerpie...

    Very good half day tour with 45 minutes at both of the main stops to give us plenty of time to soak in the stunning scenery and take plenty of pictures

  • Madeira: West Tour with Porto Moniz and Volcanic Pools

    6. 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,...

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

  • From Funchal: East Coast of Madeira Tour

    7. 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...

    Nice full day experience. I appreciated all the spots and the restaurant where you got meal

  • Funchal: Full-Day 4x4 Eastern Tour

    8. 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.

    This tour is a good way to see the populated parts and also the wilder nature side of the island. The guide also made many stops in different bars/cafes to get a coffee or poncha. You can get a 3-course lunch in a local restaurant and there was so much food we couldn't even finish everything. If I get the chance I'll get another tour from them.

  • Northeast Madeira 4X4 Tour from Funchal

    9. 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.

    It was an amazing trip, especially off road, in the nature, with open roof. We could stand up and look around. Beautiful views. We had very professional and nice guide Hugo, he was an excellent driver as well. Thanks for a great day!!!!

  • Madeira: Full-Day Porto Moniz Jeep Tour

    10. Madeira: Full-Day Porto Moniz Jeep Tour

    Jeep tours in Madeira are a fun and different way to discover the island. They allow you to discover the entire island, including difficult-to-access places which can only be reached by all-terrain vehicles. All the vehicles are Land Rover Discoveries, which are vehicles known for their strength, comfort, and stability. This combination of qualities makes them idea for great tours. Your Jeep tour through the west side of Madeira Island combines major highlights such as Paul da Serra (the biggest plateau in Madeira), Porto Moniz and Seixal (known for their natural swimming pools), and São Vicente, where you can choose to visit the volcanic caves. At the conclusion of your experience, you will be returned to your accommodation.

    The Jeep Tour was amazing! Stunning views and beautiful spots. The driver was the best. He made the tour very safe and funny! Thx a lot! The communication before the tour was a bit confusing regarding our pick up. However, we can recommend this tour!

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The tour was amazing! Sadly the weather wasn’t the best, so the views weren’t as impressive as they could have been. The tour has changed a little since the description was written, because some roads got too dangerous. The off-road was so much fun and our Tour-Guide Igor was such a charismatic individual! Great pleasure to have gotten to know him. Bathing in Seixal was absolutely beautiful! (It’s worth waiting for Seixal to go swimming, Porto Moniz looks beautiful too but Seixal is even better!) Can only recommend.

This tour is a good way to see the populated parts and also the wilder nature side of the island. The guide also made many stops in different bars/cafes to get a coffee or poncha. You can get a 3-course lunch in a local restaurant and there was so much food we couldn't even finish everything. If I get the chance I'll get another tour from them.

Julian was great! He was very knowledgeable and confident and able to answer our questions. He was really friendly and informative, such a pleasant guide

Very good half day tour with 45 minutes at both of the main stops to give us plenty of time to soak in the stunning scenery and take plenty of pictures

Frederica was friendly & very knowledgeable. The tour gave me a great idea of the layout of the city