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Our most recommended Ponta Do Sol Day Trips

Madeira: Full-Day South Coast Jeep Tour

1. Madeira: Full-Day South Coast Jeep Tour

Explore the best of the south of Madeira Island with this Jeep safari tour. You will discover valleys, mountains, plateaus, and the seashore, all of which make this expedition to the sometimes-forgotten southwest side of the island a trip to remember. The diversity of this part of the island is simply amazing. You will visit Ponta do Pargo, the most western point of Madeira, before sitting down to enjoy lunch. Following lunch, you will stroll along the seaside esplanade to discover the hidden fishing villages. You will visit Funchal, Paul da Serra, Ponta do Pargo, Paul do Mar, Jardim do Mar, Calheta, and Ponta do Sol on this scenic experience. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be returned to your point of origin.

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From Funchal: 25 Fountains Levada Walk and Jeep Safari

2. From Funchal: 25 Fountains Levada Walk and Jeep Safari

Depart Funchal and journey west to the Paul da Serra viewpoint in Calheta. Upon arrival, embark on a hike of the famous Levada das 25 Fontes e Risco walk and encounter the amazing waterfalls that give the nature trail its name. Then, go to Pico da Urze for lunch in a typical restaurant at your own expense. Continue off-road to the village of Ponta do Sol to see the stunning south coast of Madeira. Get bird's eye views from the coastal town of Ribeira Brava. Make your way to the highest cliff in Europe at Cabo Girão for stunning vistas 580 meters above sea level.

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Madeira: Santo da Serra to Ribeiro Frio Private Walk

3. Madeira: Santo da Serra to Ribeiro Frio Private Walk

Journey from the center of Santo da Serra to Ribeiro Frio, two of the main points of interest on Madeira Island, visited not only by tourists but also by residents. Walk through a forest road passing by the Trout Fishing Park, where you can relax for a while, having a tea or simply enjoying the surroundings. Immerse yourself in the amazing nature at the Levada, enjoying every step while you appreciate the wide variety of endemic flora and fauna of Madeira Laurisilva. Discover open areas that offer magnificent views of the valley and peaks of the island. Continue walking along the levada, enjoying the energy of all this pure nature surround you.

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Funchal: Amazing Craters of Fire 4x4 Tour

4. 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.

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Caniço: 4x4 Fanal Forest, Porto Moniz, and Villages Day Tour

5. Caniço: 4x4 Fanal Forest, Porto Moniz, and Villages Day Tour

Embark on a guided, multi-stop 4x4 adventure starting in Caniço. Explore Ribeira Brava, Ponta do Sol, Seixal, São Vicente, and more. Find unbeatable viewpoints at Paúl da Serra and Ribeira da Janela and marvel at the natural swimming pools at Porto Moniz. After meeting your guide, hop on board and head first to Ribeira Brava for a quick stop to enjoy the small city with the longest and widest ribeira (stream) of the island. Head to Ponta do Sol and Canhas next, two picturesque villages with much to see. The trip continues off-road to Paúl da Serra, a plateau in the center of the island with unique views. Later, there will be the possibility to take a short walk along the levada (approximately 20 minutes). Explore the lush landscape of Paúl da Serra with an altitude of 1500 meters and see Fanal Forest, an area between the mountains of Seixal and Ribeira da Janela with laurel forest classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take in views at the Ribeira da Janela viewpoint before heading to Porto Moniz. Be greeted with unforgettable scenery built by natural swimming pools, the highlight of the village of Porto Moniz. These pools, created by volcanic lava, have crystal-clear waters. After a stop for a lunch (at your own expense), continue to Seixal and São Vicente in the afternoon. At 1007 meters high, at the Encumeada Viewpoint, round off your trip with views over the deep valleys of Ribeira Brava (south coast) and São Vicente (north coast).

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Madeira South West: Half Day Private Tour

6. Madeira South West: Half Day Private Tour

Discover the breathtaking scenery of western Madeira Island. Visit Camara de Lobos, Cabo Girao, Ribeira Brava, Ponta od Sol town, Calheta and more. Begin with a pickup from your accommodation. Stop to one of the island’s most atmospheric fishing villages, named after monk seals which are frequent visitors to the harbor. After visiting Camara de Lobos, your driver will head further up to the world's second-highest sea cliff and Europe’s highest (580m)-(1775 ft). Stop at the town of Ribeira Brava, which reflects the personality of the stream, from where it gets its name, Ribeira (river) Brava (wild). Arrive at Ponta do Sol, the sunniest spot on the island to see exactly how it earned its name, sunny point. Explore the pretty village of Calheta, set in a steep valley just above the coast.

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Madeira: South Tour and Sunset Trip from Funchal or Caniço

7. Madeira: South Tour and Sunset Trip from Funchal or Caniço

Embark on an unforgettable sunset trip to the south coast of Madeira starting with pickup at your accommodation in Funchal or Caniço. Stop at Ponta do Sol, Calheta, Jardim do Mar, and more. End with a mesmerizing sunset and time for dinner.  Start your discovery of the south coast of the island towards Ponta do Sol, where you’ll make your first stop. Then, head towards Calheta, famous for its sandy beach.  Stop at Jardim do Mar next and fall in love with the typical streets of this rustic village. Continue to Paúl do Mar and then to Ponta do Pargo.  Once in Ponta do Pargo, enjoy time for dinner (costs not included) and then have the opportunity to be dazzled by the best Atlantic sunset.

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Madeira: Levada Calheta to Prazeres Private Walking Tour

8. Madeira: Levada Calheta to Prazeres Private Walking Tour

Stroll across the paths of Levada Calheta and Prazeres and discover a variety of plant species. Take in amazing views of the surrounding landscape along the way. Begin in Calheta with a stroll along Regional Road 211 and towards Prazeres village, following a vibrant path. Discover several species of flora, such as acacias, eucalyptus, pine, and wildflowers. Stop to look around and let yourself be dazzled by the beautiful landscapes that arise along the way. Explore a little more of the natural beauty of this region, including the human presence that gives it life. Find various dirt roads that cross the route of the Levada and continue your way following the channel of water until you arrive at the Levadeiro house. Take a moment to pause and enjoy the beautiful nature as your tour comes to a close.

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Madeira: Private Levada Ribeiro Frio - Portela Walk

9. Madeira: Private Levada Ribeiro Frio - Portela Walk

This tour ranges in altitude from 641-886 meters. You'll begin at Ribeiro Frio and end at Portela, covering a distance of 11 kilometers. This trail is a real stunner even for the seasoned traveler, without a doubt one of the most beautiful in Madeira. Enjoy the natural heritage of the island and its endemic species of flora and fauna. The magnificent vegetation will envelop and recharge you in its oh-so-peaceful environs. Watch sunbeams peak cheekily between the laurels and other plants of the area, birds cooing gently all the while. On this softly quiet walk, you will progress parallel to the lovely levada that flows along the trail.

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Madeira Island: Southwest Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Ponta Do Sol

I, our driver and guide, was very attentive and considerate. He took us across the island on unlikely paths by jeep, it was fun and interesting. He gave us a lot of insight into island life, and shared incredible vistas to the west. The restaurant at noon was of average quality

Our tourguide Ruben was amazing. He was extremely friendly and shared a lot of knowledge about Madeira with us. We will definitely recommend this trip to friends and family.

Very nice guided walk. Patient guide, well organised, not so crowded, very good driver , pickup in time. A very doable levada walk in Madeira. For everyone without vertigo.

Brilliant fun in the jeep and our driver Victor was one of the best we hsve come across. Highly recomend yhese guys

Our guide Ruben was very welcoming, informative and the drive with the jeep was fun. Thank you!