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Madeira: Half-Day Pico Arieiro Jeep Tour

1. Madeira: Half-Day Pico Arieiro Jeep Tour

This Jeep tour will show you Madeira’s third-highest peak, which sits at 1,818 meters. You'll also discover Santo da Serra, renowned for its famous farms and cider drink which you will have the opportunity to taste. You can also take the opportunity to enjoy a short levada walk in the mountain, which will last about 20 to 30 minutes. Once having concluded your walk, you'll proceed onward to the Portela viewpoint. You'll stop by the Portela viewpoint, overlooking Porto da Cruz in the north of the Island, where you will go off-road in the middle of the Laurissilva Forest to the town of Machico. Machico was the first place found when they discovered Madeira Island, and once you are done discovering its features, you will return to your hotel.

Madeira: 3-Hour Cabo Girao, Camara de Lobos 4x4 Tour

2. Madeira: 3-Hour Cabo Girao, Camara de Lobos 4x4 Tour

Discover the real Madeira countryside visiting Cabo Girão sea cliff, one of the highest in Europe. Explore the traditional hidden villages that site on the side of the coast. Buy souvenirs from the Camara de Lobos fishing village. Learn how the locals fish, inspired from a long history of fishing. This tour also visits Fontainhas, Boca dos Namorados and Estreito Camara de Lobos. Compare each village to the next, and see how culture transpires from one town to the next.  See the best that Protugal has to offer on this tour. Ride in comfort within a 4x4 wheel drive, with an open top. See the sights around and above you while driving. You can be comfortable with your family and meet new friends on this tour. Learn more about local fauna, flora, fruits, history, culture. This tour is ideal if you want a morning half-day tour. This tour generally runs between 3 and 4 hours.

Madeira: Cross-Country Mountain Bike Tour Portela

3. Madeira: Cross-Country Mountain Bike Tour Portela

Enjoy a cross-country mountain bike trip in the Madeira Natural Parque. Each bike trip is catered to the group's experience. The itinerary could include a 6km climb up to a point sitting at 300-meters elevation, a ride along a Levada and a forest trail, a cycle to viewing points with views of the north side of the island, and to different peaks where you’ll follow dirt trails up and down a range of incline points. Start the cross-country bike trip at the Madeira Natural Parque and climb to a 300-meter elevation. Begin the descent into Laurel Forest, where you’ll head towards Portela. Follow a network of trails through the forest and enjoy views of the coastal village of Porto da Cruz. Stop for a break at a bar before continuing the bike trip in the Reserve Natura 2000. Here you’ll follow dirt roads and trails to different inclines before reaching Fajã dos Rolos. At Fajã dos Rolos, you’ll cycle down an old road to Machico. To end the trip, you’ll stop at Machico, where you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a drink and a swim.

Madeira: Private Laurisilva Tour

4. Madeira: Private Laurisilva Tour

Experience a range of emotions as you play witness to the breathtaking landscapes of the Madeira island and its UNESCO-listed Laurisilva, a type of laurel forest. On this private tour learn about Madeiran culture, and visit important points of interest like the Central da Serra de Água power station and take a guided tour. See how work is done in the levadas, or irrigation channels, to catch water.   Head to the center of the island's mountain range and go to the Encumeada Viewpoint for gorgeous views over the valley in the North and South. During this tour also enjoy a short walk through the Laurisilva Forest.

Madeira: Levada dos Maroços Hike

5. Madeira: Levada dos Maroços Hike

Start the tour with pickup from your accommodation in Machico, Caniço, or Funchal (including the port). Set off for the starting point of the hike - the Levada dos Maroços a hiking area in the hills above the city of Machico. Begin your hike through the beautiful landscape which is mainly composed of agricultural land and carefully worked crops, complemented by impressive views over Machico. Along the way, observe the local residents in their usual daily tasks, such as tending to their land and animals. Enjoy the opportunity to spend a few hours outdoors soaking up the typical environment of the island. If you are lucky, find seasonal fresh fruit for sale along the route which you can purchase for an appealing price. This is the perfect way to sample regional flavors in their place of origin fresh from the fields of local producers. The typical good weather of the South of the Island makes this hike a valid option at any time of the year. At the end of your hike, take the convenient transfer back to your accommodation or the port.

Madeira: Private Vereda do Larano Hike

6. Madeira: Private Vereda do Larano Hike

Begin your tour with a pickup from your accommodation on Madeira. Start the trail in Porto da Cruz, through a path which the local people used to travel between these two locations Enjoy magnificent views over the North East Coast of Madeira until you reach the viewpoint of Boca do Risco, which offers a breathtaking sight of the northern coast of the island. Enjoy the surroundings and scenic beauty of this location. Along the trail, admire the beautiful scenery and landscapes of the region. Upon arrival at Porto da Cruz, enjoy some time to relax and explore this charming village. Then, be dropped off at your hotel.

Madeira: Private Hike from Levada do Caniçal to Machico

7. Madeira: Private Hike from Levada do Caniçal to Machico

Begin with pickup from your hotel on the island of Madeira. Start the hike near the beginning of the old road that connects the village of Caniçal to Machico. Enjoy a private hike of approximately 10 kilometers with a local guide. Hike along the trail that crosses the southern coastline of the island. Enjoy fantastic views of the city of Machico, and the vast Atlantic Ocean in the background. Admire the beautiful rural landscape comprised of local poios (local farms). Finish up the tour in Machico, and be dropped back to your hotel.

From Funchal: Madeira Island Private Jeep 4x4 Tour

8. From Funchal: Madeira Island Private Jeep 4x4 Tour

Discover the best of Madeira Island with this Jeep safari tour. Customize the route to see the Sea, Mountains, Cliffs, and Laurissilva Forest (North-East part of the island). Leave Funchal in the direction of the village da Camacha where you can visit the basketwork factory. Continue through Vale Paraíso towards Poiso with an altitude of 1412m and climb through the mountains to Pico do Arieiro at a height of 1818m for mesmerizing panoramic views. Then, descend to Ribeiro Frio in the Laurissilva Forest and visit the trout nursery. Continue your adventure along old paths passing Cedro Gordo and Cruzinhas until you reach the Village de Santana to explore the typical straw houses (Colmo). Descend to the village of Faial for amazing views down to the sea and then continue towards Ponta de São Lourenço in the east of Madeira. Finish off with a transfer back to Funchal.


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What people are saying about Machico

Great trip, our guide Spencer a great guy! Knows his way around, answered every question, responded to all requests. Told us a lot about the country, people, nature, ... I can only say positive things.

Everything perfect. Very nice guide. Interesting tour. We felt safe and good at all times. Many thanks to Spencer. :)

Great tour with a great guide (Spencer), very informative and entertaining, gladly again when visiting Madeira!