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Our most recommended Machico Bus & minivan tours

Madeira: Private Guided Half-Day Tour of Northwest Madeira

1. Madeira: Private Guided Half-Day Tour of Northwest Madeira

Start the day with a convenient pickup from your accommodation or the cruise port of Funchal and depart with your private guide to the first stop of tour at São Vicente, where you'll see a beautiful sight over the valley. Continue along the north coast as you go to Chão da Ribeira, another beautiful spot where you can appreciate more of the valley within the Laurisilva of Madeira, the largest surviving area of laurel forest on the island. Advancing toward the north end of the region, you’ll reach the viewpoint of Ribeira da Janela where you can appreciate the contrast betweens the mountains with the sea. Finally, visit Achadas da Cruz, a place that marks the transition between the north coast and the south of the island. If you wish, you can ride the cable car and visit one of the most beautiful and quiet places on the island constructed from landslides and lava flows.

Madeira: Private Half-Day Guided Gardens Tour

2. Madeira: Private Half-Day Guided Gardens Tour

Embark on a half-day tour dedicated to the Madeira's gardens, one of the island's greatest treasures. Visit the Monte Palace Tropical Garden and be impressed by its beauty and diverse culture. See traces of Portugal's history since the reign of its first king, D. Afonso Henriques. Wander through the Monte Palace, which occupies an area of 70.000 square meters and houses an exotic collection of plants from different regions in the world. Watch swans and ducks floating on the lake as well as peacocks and chickens walking freely in the main areas of the property. Visit the museum inside the palace that houses a unique collection of minerals and gems.  The tour ends in the Botanical Garden, founded in 1960 by a Madeiran Botanist. Find more than 2500 species of plants from different parts in the world, all brought together in the “Garden of the Atlantic.”

Madeira: Private Half-Day Guided Palheiro Gardens Tour

3. Madeira: Private Half-Day Guided Palheiro Gardens Tour

Join a half-day tour dedicated to flowers, one of the island's greatest treasures. Madeira offers a vast repertoire of gardens, that's why one of the island’s nicknames is the “Floating Garden of the Atlantic.” On a guided tour by a local, go to the Palheiro Gardens, a beautiful private garden that was owned by the Blandy family. After a healing walk in Palheiro Gardens, marvel at a fabulous panoramic view over the city of Funchal.  

Madeira: Private Half-Day Local Market Tour

4. Madeira: Private Half-Day Local Market Tour

Your VIP service starts with your collection from your Madeira accommodation. Throughout the weekend on Madeira, all roads lead to Santo da Serra. Located at 667 meters high, this environmental paradise has its own characteristics and defining features. Every weekend a traditional Madeiran market takes place, which consists of genuine products and plenty of gastronomy. This is an event which brings locals and tourists alike together, as they relish in Madeira's diverse culture together. At this location various Quintas (farming ranches) are also available for the public to visit for free. As the market  in Santo closes you will head to the Funchal Farm Market to visit an amazing building constructed on 1940. There you will also be able to see examples of the various fruits, vegetables, and flowers that the island has to offer.

Madeira: Private Half-Day North East Island Tour

5. Madeira: Private Half-Day North East Island Tour

Following a pickup from your accommodation, we head to the first stop of the day, Faial. From this local viewpoint, marvel at the majestic landscape of the valley with its green hills and blue oceans. You will also see the rock of Penha de Águia. Continuing the tour we visit Santana, home of the island’s famous thatched houses that have existed here for many years, and have become synonymous with Madeira. You will then head further north along the old roads and admire the breathtaking scenic views along the way as you travel through Vigia and Cabanas.

Funchal: Half-Day South Madeira Island Private Tour

6. Funchal: Half-Day South Madeira Island Private Tour

Following a pickup from your accommodation in either Funchal, Caniço, Machico or Santa Cruz, head to the first stop of the tour, Pico da Torre. Enjoy the beautiful sight of the fishing village of Camara de Lobos and be enchanted by the scenic landscape. Continue the tour to Europe's highest cape, Cabo Girão, a picturesque viewing point over the blue ocean. Then, stop by the Fajã dos Padres viewing point and see the cable car that connects all the way to the lower part of the coast. The last stop at Campanário offers another breathtaking view of Southern Madeira.

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What people are saying about Machico

We arranged a private tour. It was the perfect length of time to visit the sites in East and Northeast Madera. Richard, our guide, picked us up on time, was a great driver, and full of excellent information about all of the sites, the history of Madeira and it's culture. Highlight was visiting Manuel's thatched roof house in Santana. Highly recommend!

Richard is a nice, polite fellow who tries to satisfy his clients. We saw the northeastern part of Madeira Witze the beautiful triangle houses and the mystic woods. IT was great. Many thanks! Monika & Ingrid

We enjoyed our trip to the botanical gardens and Monte Palace gardens. So glad we chose a private tour as our guide was very informative.

Guide very knowledgeable in the history of wood and gardens , very intuitive