Ribeira Brava

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  • Madeira: Private Levada Nova Walk

    1. Madeira: Private Levada Nova Walk

    This section of the Levada Nova starts in Tabua, Ribeira Brava. Hike among valleys and mountains taking in views of small towns and plantations in the Ribeira Brava. This unique landscape has been carefully crafted by generations of local farmers and will give insight into the traditions and cultures of the island.   The day starts with pickup from your accommodation in Madeira. Follow your guide down trails surrounded by lush vegetation and splendid views and see neighboring farms with their fruit and vegetable plantations.  Admire waterfalls, endemic fauna, and some flora as you follow the Levada (irrigation canal) through Madeira's countryside. While you walk, your local guide will give you insight into the history of the Levadas and daily life on this wonderful island.

  • Madeira: West Tour with Porto Moniz and Volcanic Pools

    2. 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.

  • From Funchal: 25 Fountains Levada Walk and Jeep Safari

    3. 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.

    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.

  • Madeira: 1-Way or Round-Trip Shared Airport Transfer

    4. Madeira: 1-Way or Round-Trip Shared Airport Transfer

    Enjoy a safe and comfortable transfer from the Madeira airport to your hotel on this 45-minute service. Book in advance and arrive in Madeira with no worries about finding transportation. This shared transfer is available for hotels located in Central Funchal, Machico, Santa Cruz, Calheta village, Ponta do Sol village, Ribeira Brava, Câmara de Lobos, and Caniço village. Up to 8 passengers can be accommodated in the mini-bus. When you arrive, look in the exit area for the driver, who will be carrying an envelope for each of the passengers for the service. Inside the envelope is general information about Madeira and other services provided by the operator. If you are booking a round-trip transfer, you must confirm the pick-up time at your hotel.

    Driver was waiting for me before even I called for him. Polite and welcoming, decent man.

  • Madeira: Private Half-Day Guided Gardens Tour

    5. Madeira: Private Half-Day Guided Gardens Tour

    Embark on a half-day tour dedicated to the Madeira's gardens, one of the island's greatest treasures. Visit the Monte Palace Tropical Garden and be impressed by its beauty and diverse culture. See traces of Portugal's history since the reign of its first king, D. Afonso Henriques. Wander through the Monte Palace, which occupies an area of 70.000 square meters and houses an exotic collection of plants from different regions in the world. Watch swans and ducks floating on the lake as well as peacocks and chickens walking freely in the main areas of the property. Visit the museum inside the palace that houses a unique collection of minerals and gems.  The tour ends in the Botanical Garden, founded in 1960 by a Madeiran Botanist. Find more than 2500 species of plants from different parts in the world, all brought together in the “Garden of the Atlantic.”

    We enjoyed our trip to the botanical gardens and Monte Palace gardens. So glad we chose a private tour as our guide was very informative.

  • Madeira: Private 1.5-Kilometer Levada dos Balcões Hike

    6. Madeira: Private 1.5-Kilometer Levada dos Balcões Hike

    Once having been collected from your Madeira accommodation, drive through the mountains before arriving to Ribeiro Frio. Following a short but grandeur walk through the beautiful Laurisilva Forest, arrive to the fabulous Balcões’ belvedere. From this belvedere it’s possible to contemplate the many peaks of Madeira Island, from which Pico Ruivo and Pico do Areeiro stand the highest. Pico do Gato, Pico das Torres, and the well-known Penhad’Águia also constitute part of this breathtaking scenery. This area is also ideal for bird watching, due to the fact that it is home to a huge variety of different species. These birgs include the firecrest, the chaffinch, grey wagtails, blackbirds, robins, buzzards, and the very rare Madeira's long-toed pigeon.

  • Madeira: Santo da Serra to Ribeiro Frio Private Walk

    7. 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.

  • Madeira: Levada Brasileiro to Moinhos Private Walking Tour

    8. Madeira: Levada Brasileiro to Moinhos Private Walking Tour

    Inspire the soul and the spirit as you hike with a variety of landscapes and terrain that awakes all the senses, in a truly unique experience within the region of Madeira. Begin with a descent to Levada do Brasileiro, with a rather irregular, and steep path that goes deeper into the heart of the Laurissilva forest until you reach the levada. Continue your trail along the water in a rustic surrounding, with endemic species of flora and fauna. Visit the Lagoa do Bardo and enjoy a break before continuing along a pleasant path with open fields with denser vegetation, and taking in the beautiful views. Walk through Levada do Moinho until you find the forest road which you should take to return to the road, near to the starting point.

  • Madeira South West: Half Day Private Tour

    9. 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.

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

    10. 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.

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What people are saying about Ribeira Brava

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 12 reviews

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.

We enjoyed our trip to the botanical gardens and Monte Palace gardens. So glad we chose a private tour as our guide was very informative.

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

Guide very knowledgeable in the history of wood and gardens , very intuitive