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Serra de Água

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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.

Northwestern Madeira: Full–Day 4x4 Tour

2. Northwestern Madeira: Full–Day 4x4 Tour

Enjoy the best views possible on a unique, open-top 4x4 tour through northwestern Madeira. Departing Funchal on this 8-hour trip, the first stop is Serra de Água, a village located in the scenic countryside. Travel along old trails, cobblestone roads and forestry roads up to 1,500 meters above sea level at the Paul da Serra plateau. Pass the Laurissilva forest and enjoy a short walk along a levada, or water channel. Head down to Porto Moniz to enjoy the warmth of the volcanic lava pools, or the volcanic black sandy beach. In the afternoon, take in amazing views of the area’s cliffs and waterfalls.

Northwest Madeira: Open Top 4x4 Tour

3. 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.

Madeira: Jeep 4x4 Safari Tour with Porto Moniz Natural Pools

4. Madeira: Jeep 4x4 Safari Tour with Porto Moniz Natural Pools

Uncover the beauty of the countryside of Madeira on a jeep tour from Funchal. Travel to locations like Cabo Girão cliff and the village of Lugar de Baixo. Take pictures of a viewpoint overlooking the valley of Encumeada. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodation in Funchal. Sit back and relax on the way to the charming red-roofed town of Câmara de Lobos. Climb up to the cliff of Cabo Girão which is 580 meters above of sea level. View the island from a glass platform.  Continue to the sea village of Lugar de Baixo. Begin an ascent from sea level into the mountains along an ancient path. See how local people live and how they work the agricultural terraces of banana trees, vineyards, and various other crops.  Pass through the forest, mountains, and valleys until you reach the Loch of the Moor. Admire the magnificent view of the valley of Encumeada and Serra de Água. Head through the scenic countryside of Bica da Cana, Paul da Serra, and Fanal. Reach the village of Ribeira da Janela to see the northwest coast of the Island. Drive back down to sea level to visit the coast and take in ocean views. Have the chance to stop and purchase lunch in Vila do Porto Moniz.  After lunch, you can purchase entrance to the natural pools in Porto Moniz which were created by the porous shape of the volcanic rocks. Go to the Village of Seixal to visit the waterfall of the Véu da Noiva. Finish your tour with a drive through São Vicente before heading back to Funchal.

Western Madeira: Full-Day Jeep Safari Tour

5. Western Madeira: Full-Day Jeep Safari Tour

This jeep safari tour will start in Funchal City and then you will visit several unique places in Lugar de Baixo, Lombo do Mouro, Bica da Cana, Paul da Serra, Santa, Porto Moniz, Seixal, Serra d´água, and Funchal. Explore the fascinating landscapes along the rugged North coast of Madeira. Appreciate the crystal clear air and mysterious wilderness as you head into the indigenous Laurissilva forest at Santa, before descending in to the impressive villages along the outstanding Northern coast. For example, go to Seixal to see its many different waterfalls. Next up, travel to Porto Moniz, known for its natural saltwater pools composed of volcanic rocks, which are some of the most beautiful natural swimming pools in the world. Finally, go to the stunning Serra de Àgua valley to see the South Coast, Encumeada, Ribeira Brava, and Campanário. On Mondays you can explore the west and north of Madeira Island.

From Funchal: Cabo Girão & Poncha Tasting by Classic VW

6. From Funchal: Cabo Girão & Poncha Tasting by Classic VW

Experience the natural beauty of Madeira by classic VW and drive along the regional roads towards Ribeira Brava. Stop in the city center of Câmara de Lobos and get stunning views from the Pico da Torre viewpoint. Drive to the towering sea cliff of Cabo Girão to experience the highest promontory in Europe and get a stunning view over Funchal and Câmara de Lobos from the glass skywalk. Continue to Ribeira Brava and stop at another viewpoint along the way. Navigate your way through the center of Ribeira Brava and visit the parish of Serra de Água to enjoy authentic ponchas (a traditional alcoholic drink from Madeira) or other regional drink at a typical bar.

Madeira: Private Jeep 4x4 West Tour to Natural Pools

7. Madeira: Private Jeep 4x4 West Tour to Natural Pools

Experience a little bit of everything on this private Madeira jeep tour with a car is reserved only for you and your group. Customize the route of the tour to see the sea, mountains, and waterfalls, and swim in natural pools (western part of the island). Explore Madeira Island in a unique and active way by Land Rover 4x4. On your tour, you’ll see breathtaking views, visit hidden places which you can't reach by yourself, and collect memories you’ll never forget. Here is the example tour itinerary which you can adjust to meet your dreams: Departing from Funchal for Câmara de Lobos, then climb up to the cliff of Cabo Girão, 580 meters above sea level. Step onto a glass platform and view some of the most beautiful landscapes of the Island. Continue to Lugar de Baixo, where you’ll begin the adventure from sea level to the mountains, climbing through ancient paths where you can see how the local people live and how they work the terraces of banana trees and vineyards. Next, pass through the forest, mountains, and valleys until you reach the Loch of the Moor with its unbeatable view of the valley of Encumeada and Serra de Água. Go through Bica da Cana, Paul da Serra, and Fanal, with more views of the valleys and mountains. Upon reaching the village of Ribeira da Janela, see the northwest coast of the island. Descend to sea level to visit the coast and enjoy the ocean view. Then, go to Vila do Porto Moniz to stop for lunch and perhaps enjoy swimming in the natural pools. In the final part of the tour, leave Porto Moniz for the Village of Seixal and visit the waterfall of the Véu da Noiva. Continue to São Vicente before ending the day with drop-off back in Funchal.

Madeira: Skywalk, Wine Tasting, 4x4 Tour & Dolphin Watching

8. Madeira: Skywalk, Wine Tasting, 4x4 Tour & Dolphin Watching

Depart from Funchal and travel to Serra de Água. Experience spectacular views of picturesque mountains and dense vegetation. Reach Encumeada Viewpoint and enjoy views over the north and south coast of the island.  Visit stunning vineyards in São Vicente. Enjoy a guided tour and learn about the production of wine in the area. Indulge with a wine tasting, complimented with cheeses, sausages and other snacks. Travel to the cliffs of Cabo Girao, the highest in Europe, and admire panoramic views over the Atlantic Ocean.  Board a catamaran and cruise along the south coast of Madeira. Take the chance to see dolphins and whales in their natural habitat. Stop for a swim in the crystal clear waters and relax in the sun. Learn about the different species of cetaceans you can find in the area. 

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What people are saying about Serra de Água

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 1,074 reviews

Definite recommendation! The tour goes by way too fast because it's so much fun. Although it is a tour with the eventual destination natural pools, the real highlight is the trip there. Mauricio knows all the small streets through the banana plantages, hidden beautiful spots with breathtaking views and paths. While driving, he also tells you a lot about the island. On top of that we walked away with a lot of recommendations for our remaining time here. We were amazed at the end of the day how much we had seen and how quickly it had passed. Will definitely recommend to people I know.

A great tour with a great driver (Antonio, Portuguese with a Swiss accent in German). We saw a lot, were able to take pictures, off-road was a lot of fun, including the small, narrow streets to the various destinations. There was plenty of time for swimming in Moniz. We had a good chat and questions were answered. A successful tour, thank you very much!

Excellent tour! Got to experience the crazy, beautiful, old roads of Madeira. It's rough terrain in a 4x4, so please opt out if you have motion sickness! Otherwise, HIGHLY recommend!

Diogo is a fantastic, adventurous, fun, experienced guider. We have had so much fun in this trip. Truly appreciate! Highly recommended

I enjoyed all,great team with whom I travel,amazing guide and on the top of cake the trip is worth,Porto Moniz is a place to go!