Ribeira Da Janela
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Northwest Madeira 4x4 Tour

1. Northwest Madeira 4x4 Tour

The tour will start at your hotel, cruise port, or guest house, taking you to Serra d'Água, where you will have the opportunity to learn about the island of Madeira. At the North side you will see Ginjas village. Then continue on, using the old roads and some forest roads where its only possible to go with a 4X4. Head to the top at 1500 meters at Paúl da Serra. Explore the natural beauty of this island, meet the people, and explore the cultures, traditions, and local food and drinks. Enjoy the expertise of a multilingual driver, who will take you on this full day journey to Encumeada, Ginjas, Estanquinhos, Paúl da Serra, Fanal, Ribeira da Janela, Porto Moniz, Seixal and São Vicente, with additional opportunities to see and swim in the volcanic lava pools.

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Northwest Madeira: Open Top 4x4 Tour

2. Northwest Madeira: Open Top 4x4 Tour

Get off the beaten track in an open top 4x4 vehicle driven by an experienced guide. Explore the rugged Northwestern side of Madeira and learn about local traditions, culture, and history while encountering the natural wonders of the area. Taste local food and drinks like poncha and swim in the natural seaside, volcanic lava pools at Porto Moniz or Seixal. Go for an easy 15 minute walk along a levada and learn about the unique aqueduct system that continues to supply the island with water and energy today. Explore a small segment of a vast levada network stretching over 2,000 km and admire the beautiful views of the countryside these canal walkways provide. Check out the fauna and flora in Fanal Forest, including the native Ocotea foetens trees, some of which are over 500 years old. This tour passes through Serra d'Água, Ginjas, Estanquinhos, Paúl da Serra, Fanal, Ribeira da Janela, Porto Moniz, Seixal, and São Vicente.

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Western Madeira: Private Island Tour

3. Western Madeira: Private Island Tour

This tour of the west, begins in the fishing town of Câmara de Lobos. Then you will journey up to Cabo Girao, which is the highest cape in Europe, and the second highest in the world. Take in the breath taking views, of both the sea and the island. After being on top of the world, continue to the charming rock Encumeada to see the bountiful view of Serrad’agua valley. Head to São Vicente, where you get the best perspective of the Laurisilva forest. This forest covers largest parts of the island, and is famous for the caves carved long ago, from volcanic activity. Continuing north, go to Porto Moniz, known worldwide for its natural lava pools. There will be plenty of time to swim in these unique formations, if you are up for it. Finally, arrive at a well kept secret point called, the window to Porto Moniz, Ribeira da Janela. Here you can finish the day in Lameiros, while looking over the amazing São Vicente valley.

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Madeira: Private Tour of Fanal Forest

4. Madeira: Private Tour of Fanal Forest

Start with pickup from your hotel and travel along a scenic route through the Fanal Forest of Madeira. Stop at various points of interest and beautiful viewpoints with your expert driver/guide. Then, stop for a walk through the ancient trees such as the notable centenary Tis Trees (Ocotea foetens). Learn about the fascinating natural history of the area. Discover the Laurissilva Forest, which has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since December 1999.

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Madeira: Private Guided Half-Day Tour of Northwest Madeira

5. 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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Madeira: Private Vereda do Fanal Walk

6. Madeira: Private Vereda do Fanal Walk

Discover the Paul da Serra plateau, the biggest in Europe, on a bracing walk along a beautiful trail. This tour is especially recommended for those who hike with some regularity. After being picked up from your hotel, set off for the starting point for the hike. Navigate your way along a stunning nature trail which involves some climbs and descents. Admire breathtaking landscapes and lush vegetation surrounded by sweeping views of the Atlantic coastline.  As you continue the hike, some parts of the path are open, offering you the opportunity to appreciate the grandeur and magnificence of the landscape. Other parts of the trail are closed and covered up by dense vegetation and forest, delighting visitors with its freshness and abundance. Along the way there are several viewpoints that reveal a set of beautiful landscapes, highlighting the view over the valley of Ribeira da Janela and Chão da Ribeira. At the end of the trail, get dropped off back at your hotel where the tour concludes.

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What people are saying about Ribeira Da Janela

Eduard our guide was brilliant. He made the whole trip fun, interesting, exciting and he created a lovely atmosphere in the group. He was incredibly knowledgeable about everything, very funny, and genuinely made us fall in love with Madeira. He drove the 4x4 expertly through some pretty rough terrain and avoided the touristy areas. I would recommend this, and especially him, to everyone.

A very nice day with Nelson, who drove us safely and entertainingly to the northwest. Lots of knowledge and explanation about plants. Well organized, delicious lunch break in a small restaurant, poncha tasting (freshly made for € 2.50) at the end. We liked it very much. Definitely recommendable!

We had a very nice day with our guide through the Fanal forest. He said a lot about Madeira. During the tour he took a large number of photos and then sent them to us.

Very interesting and entertaining tour with a very well-informed guide.

Fantastic day out. Up high on of the old mountain roads