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Things to do in Madalena do Mar

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From Funchal: Rabacal Park Transfer & Self-Guided Hike

1. From Funchal: Rabacal Park Transfer & Self-Guided Hike

The 25 Fontes Levada is one of the most popular in Madeira Island. It's name lives up to the number of fountains or little waterfalls that’s possible to count once you arrive there. Starting in Rabaçal and going to the 25 Fontes, the path reveals many landscapes and wonderful sensations. Along the way it’s possible to admire a wide variety of endemic species of the flora and fauna of the region. The host will pick you up and drop you off at your accommodation, giving you essential hike information, along some other tips of the Island. Hike Information: - Distance: 10 kilometers - Duration: 5.00 hours - Max./Min. Altitude: 1000 m / 1300 m The day before the hike, you will receive (via email or WhatsApp) the exact pickup time and a weather forecast, in order for you to be as prepared as you can be. The schedules presented may be altered in case of delay in traffic, bad weather conditions or even delay by the guests.

Funchal: Amazing Craters of Fire 4x4 Tour

2. Funchal: Amazing Craters of Fire 4x4 Tour

Enjoy the warmest place of Madeira and what is has to offer. The southwest is the point less visited by foreigners, making all the viewpoints unique. You can admire the lovely scenery freely there without the crowds of tourists around spoiling it. You'll start at Campanário, with tiny 2-way roads making for great adventures. Once at Ponta do Sol, you will take an off-road track up to the plateau which sits at 1,500 meters. This track will see you passing by green mountains, all of which are covered with forests. Following that, stop at Prazeres where you have the option to taste home-made dishes which pack plenty of flavor. You'll then make your way down to the villages near the coastline, where charismatic fishing villages create a contrast with the colors of the sky and mountains. You will see old terraces where people still work with their hands in the production of bananas, sugar cane, and subtropical fruits.

Madeira: Private Jeep 4x4 West Tour to Natural Pools

3. Madeira: Private Jeep 4x4 West Tour to Natural Pools

Experience a little bit of everything on this private Madeira jeep tour with a car is reserved only for you and your group. Customize the route of the tour to see the sea, mountains, and waterfalls, and swim in natural pools (western part of the island). Explore Madeira Island in a unique and active way by Land Rover 4x4. On your tour, you’ll see breathtaking views, visit hidden places which you can't reach by yourself, and collect memories you’ll never forget. Here is the example tour itinerary which you can adjust to meet your dreams: Departing from Funchal for Câmara de Lobos, then climb up to the cliff of Cabo Girão, 580 meters above sea level. Step onto a glass platform and view some of the most beautiful landscapes of the Island. Continue to Lugar de Baixo, where you’ll begin the adventure from sea level to the mountains, climbing through ancient paths where you can see how the local people live and how they work the terraces of banana trees and vineyards. Next, pass through the forest, mountains, and valleys until you reach the Loch of the Moor with its unbeatable view of the valley of Encumeada and Serra de Água. Go through Bica da Cana, Paul da Serra, and Fanal, with more views of the valleys and mountains. Upon reaching the village of Ribeira da Janela, see the northwest coast of the island. Descend to sea level to visit the coast and enjoy the ocean view. Then, go to Vila do Porto Moniz to stop for lunch and perhaps enjoy swimming in the natural pools. In the final part of the tour, leave Porto Moniz for the Village of Seixal and visit the waterfall of the Véu da Noiva. Continue to São Vicente before ending the day with drop-off back in Funchal.

Madeira Island: Southwest Tour

4. Madeira Island: Southwest Tour

The Southwest tour first stops at Ponta Do Sol, the sunniest part of the island. From this coastal town, you'll continue to Moledos, where you can enjoy the magnificent view over the fishing village of Madelena do Mar. Next stop: Calheta, with its artificial sand beach and sugar cane factory. At Prazeres, you'll visit the Prazeres Educational Farm (Quinta Pedagogica dos Prazeres), housing various animals as well as an array of aromatic herbs. At Ponta do Pargo, discover an incredible lighthouse built in 1922, with the most unique part of the island as your backdrop. In Paúl do Mar you'll find a traditional fishing village which also happens to be a great spot to surf. From the viewpoint above, you can also enjoy the fabulous scenery over the mountains and the Atlantic. 'Ever-pretty' Jardim do Mar is one of three pebble beach villages: Portinho, Enseada and Ponta Jardim. These beaches attract locals and visitors alike in search of the beauty and calm of a natural environment. Tour finishes at Madelena do Mar, a tiny fishing village overlooking the sea cliffs of the southeast coastline. The location and climate help make this the largest banana producing area on the island.

Madeira: Old Roads to Calheta Tour

5. Madeira: Old Roads to Calheta Tour

Travel the old roads to discover sea and mountain views on the western coast of Madeira on this tour to Calheta. Enjoy scenic viewpoints, plenty of photo opportunities, and stops for tasting local food and drinks. Along the tour, take in the views over Câmara de Lobos and Cabo Girão, followed by Ribeira Brava, Ponta do Sol, Madalena do Mar, and finally Calheta. Discover places only known by locals and learn information about the spots you visit. There will also be stops in between for optional snacks and drinks. Views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Madeiran Mountains will be a constant backdrop for your tour. Later, get dropped off at a location in the city of Funchal.

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What people are saying about Madalena do Mar

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 29 reviews

The pickup was early, at about 7am. This allowed us to get to the trail nice and early (one of the first) before everyone else, especially the big tour buses arrive. We had communication through WhatsApp before the trip where information we shared like the walk map with info, weather forecast, pickup info and just an opportunity to ask any questions. Our trip was almost cancelled due to the weather but we were cleared to go ahead. We were picked up on time and got to the trail early. The guide explained the route of the walk and gave 5 hours to leisurely complete the 25 falls and the Risco walks as well have a snack/drink at the café. If everyone finished early, we had an opportunity to get picked up earlier as we had the contract information. We got some checking in messages through the walk as well. There is also an option to get a 3€ minibus from café area back up to the meetup place for who doesn't want to walk. We did a slightly extended route back to Funchal to see the coastline.

Great experience, the self guided hike meant could explore at own pace. Logan organised everything, sent us all the information prior to journey which was super helpful especially regarding weather conditions, and kept us updated during the experience (plus she would check in to make sure everything was ok). Our driver Filipe was fantastic, he was extremelly knowledgeable, we loved his energy and recommendations on places to go during our stay in madeira.

Couldn’t recommend this activity enough! Filipe was a great driver giving us lots of information about the island and recommendations, he made sure we got to the walk early before the rush of people would get there and he even took us to the skywalk on the way home! I liked the self guided aspect of the activity aswell as me and my partner were able to take it at our own pace and enjoy the stunning views overall great experience

The transfer suited us really well. Phillipe was very friendly and welcoming, telling us all about Madeira; local wildlife, local cuisine etc as we drove to and from the hike, with a great detour to see Angel Falls on the way back. Highly recommend!

wonderful excursion with many sights. Good explanation from the guide