Miradouro da Encumeada

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From Funchal: Enchanted Terraces and Porto do Moniz 4WD Tour

1. From Funchal: Enchanted Terraces and Porto do Moniz 4WD Tour

Depart from Funchal and travel by 4WD vehicle towards Madeira's northwest coast, passing a stunning green landscape to locations such as Serra de Água. Journey along forgotten and enchanted old roads and get a glimpse into the island's everyday life. Go to Encumeada, where one of the island's famous walking trails leads to Madeira's highest peak. Pass through the laurel forests of Chão dos Louros and marvel at the mountains and valleys from Ginjas and Paul da Serra. Continue to Fanal in the middle of the Laurissilva Forest and then proceed to Porto do Moniz, famous for its natural swimming pools. If weather permits, enjoy the warmth of the sea or continue to Seixal known for its black sand beach. Stop for lunch (optional and not included) in Seixal, before continuing to the coastal town of São Vicente. Make your way back to Funchal at the end of the tour.

From Funchal: Enchanted Terraces and Porto do Moniz 4WD Tour

2. From Funchal: Enchanted Terraces and Porto do Moniz 4WD Tour

Explore the beautiful landscape of the northwest of Madeira on this scenic tour leaving from Funchal. Be transported in a 4x4 and travel along the coast, visiting Serra de Agua, the forests of Chao dos Louros, Laurissilva Forest, and Porto do Moniz. Depart from Funchal and travel by 4WD vehicle towards Madeira's northwest coast, passing a stunning green landscape to locations such as Serra de Água. Journey along forgotten and enchanted old roads and get a glimpse into the island's everyday life. Travel to Encumeada, where one of the island's famous walking trails leads to Madeira's highest peak. Pass through the laurel forests of Chão dos Louros and marvel at the mountains and valleys from Ginjas and Paul da Serra. Continue to Fanal in the middle of the Laurissilva Forest and then proceed to Porto do Moniz, famous for its natural swimming pools. Enjoy the warmth of the sea if the weather permits, or continue to Seixal known for its black sand beach. Stop for lunch in Porto Moniz if you choose, before continuing to the coastal town of São Vicente. Make your way back to Funchal at the end of the tour.

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What people are saying about Miradouro da Encumeada

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 880 reviews

I prefer to choose my own adventure and am not one to sign up for tourist activities... but this one I am pleased to say is totally worth it. Duarte our driver and guide was equal parts funny, surly, skilled and knowledgable. As an amateur botanist I was pleased he focused on plants and trees — he obviously loves the island and its diversity. The day takes you via motorways and tunnels, winding steeply until ascending into the interior mountains. With each mile the roads narrow and shortly after an espresso stop, the climb begins onto furrowed and rocky 4x4 roads with tight switchbacks and great views. There was just the right amount of stops to take in the flora and fauna until skilled driving delivered us to pavement at the summit. The island's diversity continues to unfold with a stop first at the ancient Laurel forest for a hike and then descending quickly to the natural lava pools for lunch and a dip. Top rolled back we all got to enjoy the day in all its variations. Green Devil!

From the moment I was collected from my hotel I immediately felt I was in safe hands. Our guide Duarte was outstanding. His knowledge and driving experience were second to none and he was so enthusiastic despite having done the job for 20 over years

Fun day! Tour guide was informative and fun. The group was great. Drove through beautiful views in a thrilling way- open roof and bumpy rode. Enjoyed each stop, especially Seixal. Bring swim gear if you plan to swim. Enjoy!

The experience was crazy! :) the tour was really exciting and the driver was really nice ;)

fantastic trip loads of stops great guide wonderful scenery highly recommended