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Madeira Explorers

Madeira Explorers: Our most recommended tours and activities

Valley of the Nuns and Mountains 4X4 Tour from Funchal

1. Valley of the Nuns and Mountains 4X4 Tour from Funchal

Your 4-hour excursion begins with a pick-up at your Funchal hotel in a 4X4 vehicle. From there you’ll head out on a drive up the steep roads to Pico dos Barcelos. Take in magnificent views of Funchal, the coastline and the mountains. Next, you’ll move on to Curral das Freiras, and you’ll learn about the fascinating local history. The 4X4 will take you up to the top of the third-highest mountain in Madeira, at 1,818 meters, where you’ll be able to enjoy fantastic 360-degree panoramic views over the island. Stop in the wicker-producing area of Camacha to finish the tour, and learn about the workings of this traditional industry.

Madeira Island: 3-Hour Old Road Tour by Sidecar

2. Madeira Island: 3-Hour Old Road Tour by Sidecar

Buckle up and get ready to tour the picturesque Island of Madeira from the comfort of a motorcycle sidecar. Cruise past sky-blue waters and hilltop greenery for an unforgettable trip through both major tourist sites and undiscovered winding lanes. Feel free to request a certain route or make stops to snap a scenic shot of the sparkling Atlantic Ocean and the neighboring islands. Discover more about the fascinating history of Madeira from your chauffer who will be able to communicate with you during the trip via a wireless device in your helmets. A real thrill for those with a penchant for speed, this unique sidecar tour offers visitors an exciting opportunity to see the sights and enjoy the wind in their hair.

Madeira: Rabaçal Valleys 3-Hour Guided Walk

3. Madeira: Rabaçal Valleys 3-Hour Guided Walk

Enjoy a 3-hour levada (aqueduct) walk with fascinating landscapes incorporating tremendous valleys, spectacular waterfalls, infinite laurel, header forest, and beautiful springs. This and much more is what the Rabaçal area has to offer. At this height the landscape is dominated by moorland, which includes Erica arborea and Erica scoparia as well as Madeiran whortleberry. This vegetation alters with the altitude as it reduces other predominate species, including the rare mountain mocano (Pittosporum coriaceum). This area includes Madeira’s Laurisilva Forest, which has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999.

Madeira: Private 4-Hour Scenic Tour by Sidecar

4. Madeira: Private 4-Hour Scenic Tour by Sidecar

Buckle up and get ready to tour the picturesque Island of Madeira from the comfort of a motorcycle sidecar. On this 4-hour ride you’ll cruise past Atlantic scenery and hilltop greenery for an unforgettable trip to popular tourist sites and along undiscovered lanes. Feel free to request a particular route if you like, and make stops to take photos of the sparkling Atlantic Ocean and neighboring islands. Learn more about the fascinating history of Madeira from your driver, who will be able to communicate with you during the trip via a wireless device in your helmet. This tour is a real thrill if you have a penchant for speed, offering an exciting opportunity to both see the sights and enjoy the wind in your hair.

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What people are saying about Madeira Explorers

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 91 reviews

We had a tremendous morning touring the western side of this beautiful island. Nuno our driver was prompt, friendly, helpful and attentive. At all times we felt safe and comfortable and the envy of the people that we passed! Halfway through our tour we took a refreshment/ comfort stop, myself and husband took this opportunity to change seats enabling us to experience sitting in the sidecar. It’s a very ‘different’ type of holiday experience and we both enjoyed it very much. Thinking about practicalities, we wore long shorts, trainers and took a hoodie as those higher hills can be cloudy and cool. Our driver took several good photos of us which were emailed to us later that day. Brilliant service from start to finish.

Me and the wife opted for the 3hr trip rather than a longer one. We were picked up from the hotel as arranged promptly and got set to go. It was brilliant ! well worth the money, so much so that if we go back then I definitely go for the longer trips. Both the sidecar and riding pillion is comfortable and the pace relaxed....definitely not a white knuckle ride.

Worth every penny, one thing you need to be aware of - it is not 3h tour. I’m glad I checked the comments before we left and prepared for full day activity. We left hotel at 9.30 and came back after 4pm so pretty much most of the day. Spectacular views, great guide who shared lots of information about Madeira! Beautiful experience!

I had a wonderful day, saw a lot and had a good guide who told me a lot. Would do it again and again

The tour was really fun and we learned a lot from our guide Spencer.