Madeira
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  • Madeira: West Tour with Porto Moniz and Volcanic Pools

    1. Madeira: West Tour with Porto Moniz and Volcanic Pools

    Just over three miles from the city of Funchal, the first stop is the famous, quaint fishing village of Câmara de Lobos, a favorite painting spot of the late Winston Churchill. Afterwards, travel up to the magnificent 1,902-feet high, glass balcony view point of Cabo Girão, famous for being the highest in Europe and second-highest cliff in the world. Traveling along the coast of the island, arrive shorty at the village of Ribeira Brava, where you can visit a church dating back to the 15th century. Next, make your way to the 3,303-feet high viewpoint, Encumeada, to enjoy beautiful views over both the north and south coasts of the island, as well as the valleys of Ribeira Brava and São Vicente. From an altitude of between 4,200-4,900 feet, find the tourist attraction Paúl de Serra and it's several levada walks that connect to different points of the island through the Laurissilva forest,...

    A really good way to know the island, plenty of things to see and our guide was really nice and friendly.

  • São Vicente Caves and Volcano Center Half-Day Tour

    2. São Vicente Caves and Volcano Center Half-Day Tour

    The Grutas of São Vicente are the largest lava caves on the island of Madeira. On this 4-hour program you’ll visit the caves that resulted from an eruption that occurred 400 thousand years ago. Take a guided walk to see the unusual rock formations, such as the volcanic stalactites, lava caves and other lava accumulations. The formations are made even more interesting by the dim lighting along the pathway. The cave tour is conducted in English and Portuguese by a qualified guide who will tell you about the interesting geology of Madeira. After the cave tour you’ll visit the Volcano Center to see an exhibition of different volcanic stones found on the island. There is also a 3D film that explains how the island emerged from the depths of the sea.

    Amazing guides and communication with all the staff prior departure. Guides in Madeira loves the job they are doing and they are putting 110% of the efforts to make your experience unforgettable. Big thank you for John.

  • Madeira: Private Guided Half-Day Tour of Northwest Madeira

    3. 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.

  • Ponta São Lourenço: Private Guided Walk

    4. Ponta São Lourenço: Private Guided Walk

    Take a private 4-hour guided walk through part of the Madeira’s natural park. Marvel at stunning seascapes of the north and south of the island. Experience the contrast of the southern sea’s serenity and the rough sea of the north.

    This walk takes place on the very east point of the island in Caniçal. During your walk be blown away by the regional winds and discover the local flora and fauna. See curious rock formations, resulting from the volcanic origin of the island along the way.

  • Madeira: Private Levada Fajã dos Rodrigues Walk

    5. Madeira: Private Levada Fajã dos Rodrigues Walk

    Begin the tour with pickup from your hotel in Madeira, then set off for the starting point of the walk. The Levada Fajã dos Rodrigues is a 3.9 km trail that boasts indescribable views and exotic local plants and flowers. As you begin the hike, keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife including listening out for the melodious song of the chaffinch or the little firecrest. Admire incredible panoramic views over the valley of São Vicente. The trail contains some tunnels, so do not forget to bring a flashlight and protect your head with a cap or hat. Finally, arrive at the beginning of the Levada Fajã which has splendid views of the waterfalls and lagoons. Enjoy the refreshing spray from these gushing shoots of water and soak up the serene and tranquil setting. Finally, return to the vehicle and get dropped off back at your hotel where the tour concludes.

    Our Guide was excellent. Collected us from our Hotel on time and explained the beautiful scenery as we travelled across the Island to the walk starting place. We had come prepared with good walking boots and as with all Levada walks, very much needed. This Levada does have tunnels and a guide is much needed. He was very patience with us, particularly negotiating the Tunnels. Thank you for making our day very special for us. Highly recommended.

  • Madeira: Private Camacha & Levada do Tornos Walk

    6. Madeira: Private Camacha & Levada do Tornos Walk

    This Levada goes through one of the final sections of the Levada dos Tornos, one of the largest and most important of the whole island, with a fundamental role in the irrigation system for the agricultural production of the region. This tour is roughly 16 km in length and leads hikers on a path full of beautiful landscapes, ponds and specimens of endemic flora and fauna of the archipelago, such as oaks, chaffinches and Bis Bis. Along the route there are some tunnels, so it is recommended to use a flashlight. Take extra caution on slippery surfaces and use a cap or hat to protect your head. Occasionally, stop to enjoy the magnificent landscapes painted with the tone of nature that fill the eyes and the soul of hikers.

  • From Funchal: The Peaks Quest Running Tour (Moderate-Hard)

    7. From Funchal: The Peaks Quest Running Tour (Moderate-Hard)

    Go on a 12-kilometer moderate-to-hard guided run through the mountains of Madeira. You’ll be picked up by your guide and taken to start your excursion on the third-highest peak of Madeira, Pico Arieiro, which stands at a height of 1,818 meters. Start on the trail northwards towards Pico Ruivo and admire the sight of looking down at the world around you. If the weather is right, you may even find yourself looking down at the clouds.   Cross steep trails with lots of steps through this scenic central mountain range, passing the second highest peak (Pico das Torres at 1,851 meters), jogging through tunnels, and climbing to the top of the island at Pico Ruivo, at 1,862 meters.   On the way back, you’ll go by the same route in the opposite direction, which will offer up entirely new views and experiences.

  • From Funchal: Eastern Peninsula Running Tour (Easy-Moderate)

    8. From Funchal: Eastern Peninsula Running Tour (Easy-Moderate)

    This 9-kilometer guided trail running experience is the best way to get to know the São Lourenço Peninsula. Always surrounded by the sea, this peninsula offers beautiful views of the water and of the volcanic formations and cliffs. If the weather is right, it also helps to have a swim halfway through to cool down.   Your track begins at the end of Caniçal Road (ER214) and follows a trail between the cliffs that make up the peninsula. Arrive in Casa do Sardinha and climb to the Pico do Furado, where you can catch an amazing view of the Baia d’Abra, as well as the islands of Porto Santo and Desertas.   On the descent, if the weather is good, you can dive into the clear waters of the Cais do Sardinha before returning to the starting point by the same trail.

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What people are saying about Madeira

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 71 reviews

Our Guide was excellent. Collected us from our Hotel on time and explained the beautiful scenery as we travelled across the Island to the walk starting place. We had come prepared with good walking boots and as with all Levada walks, very much needed. This Levada does have tunnels and a guide is much needed. He was very patience with us, particularly negotiating the Tunnels. Thank you for making our day very special for us. Highly recommended.

Great chance to see a lot of the west and north of the Island in a short space of time. Friendly and enthusiastic guide. Visited lots of places - spent about the right amount of time in each.

Exellent trip and professional, nice guide! Wonderful wiews and the guide knew and told us lots of agriculture, plants and everything.

Great ride with our guide Richard, he taught us a lot about Madeira and its surroundings! I highly recommend !

A really good way to know the island, plenty of things to see and our guide was really nice and friendly.