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Madeira: Skywalk, Porto Moniz Volcanic Pools, and Fanal Tour

1. Madeira: Skywalk, Porto Moniz Volcanic Pools, and Fanal Tour

Depart from Funchal and head towards San Vicente along the north coast. Visit one of the most famous viewpoints, where you can look out to Porto Santo Island in clear weather. You will also be able to see the waterfall resembling a bride's veil, named Veu da Noiva. Next, stop at the natural volcanic pools in Seicxal, where you can swim in crystal waters. Also visit Porto Moniz's lava pools and Paul da Serra, the biggest plateau on the island at nearly 1500 meters high. This beautiful place provides stunning views and is an ideal spot for lunch. Visit Fanal, one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal filled with centenary trees. As the last stop, go to Cabo Girão, the highest sea cliff in Europe and the second highest in the world. Try out the suspended glass floor viewpoint. Finally, return to your accommodation. 

Funchal: Food and Wine Walking Tour

2. Funchal: Food and Wine Walking Tour

Discover the exciting history of Funchal as you sample its flavors on a 3-hour guided walk. Hear about the city’s past, admire its architecture and of course try some famous Madeira wines. Taste traditional foods from restaurants and the local market. Enjoy 9 stops in all, with 11 food and 6 drink tastings. The following venues are stops on this tour: • O Calhau • Uau Cacau: a 100 percent Madeiran chocolate factory, that’s all about elegant chocolates and traditional flavors that are simply Irresistible • Blandy's Wine Lodge: the wines from this producer are appreciated all over the world, and their older wines enjoy the highest reputation among top professionals • Fabrica de Santo Antonio: a factory that produces the best-known Madeira cookies and sweets from traditional recipes • Cristalina Chique: this typical bar is popular among the locals, who enjoy eating the black scabbard fillet sandwiches or fresh tuna, at any time of the day • Mercados dos Lavradores: the farmers market in Funchal offers up colorful flowers, seasonal exotic fruits and a wide variety of fish • A Mercadora: this typical Madeiran grocery store sells various spices as well as beans, potatoes and much more – try the famous sugar cane spirit poncho • Venda da Donna Maria: sample tasty regional and home cooking at this old town restaurant that offers a menu of typical Madeiran cuisine • Chocolate e Menta: a tea house where you end off your morning filled with delicacies. From here you’ll return to the departure point.

Madeira: Half-Day Coasteering Tour

3. Madeira: Half-Day Coasteering Tour

"Coasteering" is a sports activity that allows one to progress along the coast, whether along a beach or a cliff. Along the way you can make use of swimming, diving, snorkeling, climbing, traveling through caves or tunnels, and jumping into the water. Madeira has excellent conditions for this sport due to its lava and rocks shores, allowing visitors to swim in the crystal clear warm water. The waters form pristine views, with the mountain flowing almost into the sea. These activities take place in the southeast coast of Madeira, specifically in Baia d’Abra (Caniçal), a natural park of breathtaking beauty. The jumps, which are all optional, are between 1 and 10 meters high. Coasteering can be done by families, groups, or individuals of all ages, providing they can swim. Throughout the whole route, participants will be led by the guides and instructors who will assist everyone in terms of safety techniques and all procedures.

Funchal: Old Town Walking Tour

4. 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.  

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

5. 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.

Madeira: "Lokoloko" Canyoning Level 1

6. Madeira: "Lokoloko" Canyoning Level 1

Get set for a sporty challenge and an insight into the beauty of rural Madeira on a guided canyoning trip. Discover the scenery of a beautiful valley as you abseil, jump, and slide. After a short walk of 15 minutes through a rural area, reach the beginning of the canyon. Come across different rappels varying in altitude of up to 13 meters, water slides, and jumps. Marvel at the trees in the canyon, covered with mystic treebeard and endemic plants that are considered UNESCO world heritage. At the end of the canyon, walk for 10 minutes through ancient terraces back to the starting point.

Madeira Lakes - Levada Walk

7. Madeira Lakes - Levada Walk

This is a walk unlike any other – many guests say that it is the walk they have enjoyed the most. Deep in the valley of the western plateau, you will marvel at rock pools that have been carved over millions of years by the water as it runs towards the sea, forming magnificent waterfalls and cascades. If you choose the summer to do this tour, be sure to bring your bathing suit and take a refreshing dip in the invigorating and crystal clear mountain waters. This is a moderate difficulty walk so you will experience diversity in walking through various types of terrain from the flat terrain of the levadas to the challenging mountains, along unmarked paths as we make our way up to the oldest mountain in the western side of the island. A truly unforgettable experience!

From Funchal: Sea Cliffs and Wine Tasting 4WD Tour

8. From Funchal: Sea Cliffs and Wine Tasting 4WD Tour

Depart Funchal by open 4WD vehicle and journey to one of the island's most impressive views. Go to Cabo Girão on the southern coast, where a glass-floored viewing platform was installed in October 2012 and the Cabo Girão Skywalk is the highest in Europe. Marvel at hues of intense depth and clarity, enhanced by the constant light of a warm and inviting sun. Travel along the island's steep and serpentine roads and enter an exotic part of Madeira known only to a few. Benefit from the services of a local guide as you get uninterrupted views from your open-top 4x4 vehicle and visit Câmara de Lobos, where Sir Winston Churchill was inspired to paint the landscape. We will stop at a local bar, where you can try some local/traditional drinks and the famous, "poncha."

Serra de Água Valley Levada Walk

9. Serra de Água Valley Levada Walk

Experience the natural beauty of the Serra de Água valley on a 5km guided walk through one of the most beautiful places on earth. Along the way, you’ll be able to enjoy views of the south coast, Encumeada, Ribeira Brava and Campanário. Your route on this half-day program will take in the most scenic landscapes of Madeira’s 65km-long levada. The walk is an easy and pleasant one. You’ll be able to see a wide variety of flora and fauna native to the area. This is a unique opportunity to soak up the natural beauty of the central region of the island.

Small Group Walks Rabaçal 25 Fontes

10. Small Group Walks Rabaçal 25 Fontes

The Rabaçal 25 Fontes walk starts in the Rabaçal, a walk through the middle of the Laurissilva forest, through the irrigation canals that reach the lagoon from the 25 Fontes. The origin of the name of the Levada of the 25 Fontes is due to the fact that there is a lagoon with 25 springs at the end of Levada, it is the most beautiful point of the whole walk with a large waterfall falling into a small lagoon. Throughout the tour you have an immense variety of species of flora and fauna  to gaze at on the island of Madeira. This Levada has a small passage from the north coast to the south coast, with a very interesting history due to its origin and the way it was built. It is one of the most famous of all the islands because of the unforgettable landscapes and sensations along the whole walk.

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What people are saying about Funchal

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 2,283 reviews

Pedro, our guide was brilliant on every level. We had great confidence in his keep driving skills, his knowledge of nature and all sorts of useful information was fabulous. Pedro showed his passion for your beautiful island’s nature, climate and landscape and stopped off along the way to pick and give us sample of local herbs. The trip was so much better than I expected with being transported to so many diverse parts of the island. Pedro had a lovely sense of humour and was very caring - allowing good time for breaks and stops. Pedro is a wonderful asset to his firm and helped make my holiday to be a perfect and most enjoyable holiday!!!

Great day out. Comfortable journey and our guide Pedro was good fun and informative. We did not participate in the swimming, as it looked cold (weather not brilliant). The view points were good and the walk around the old trees. The lunch (pay extra for) was first class. We were given enough time at all the stops and not rushed. Great fun going through the waterfall.

Was a very nice tour, despite the rain! Above all, swimming in the volcanic pool at 18 degrees was very refreshing and beautiful! Our guide Bruno was great, thank you! Gladly again.

Very friendly and informative guide took us where we wanted always telling us about the history of what we were seeing. Will definitely use again

We have seen much more than we expected. Highly recommend!