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Vereda do Fanal

Vereda do Fanal: Our most recommended tours and activities

Northwest Madeira: Open Top 4x4 Tour

1. 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: Private Guided Vereda do Fanal Walk PR13

2. Madeira: Private Guided Vereda do Fanal Walk PR13

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.

West Madeira: Full-Day 4x4 Excursion

3. West Madeira: Full-Day 4x4 Excursion

Enjoy the unique landscapes of Madeira and explore traditional villages that still retain their historic charm in this full-day adventure. The day begins with hotel pick up before the group heads out to Serra de Agua valley, named for the old water mills that run in the town. Walk through laurel forests in Encumeada and Chão dos Louros and take an easy walk up to see the Levadas, canal systems developed in the 16th century.  From here the journey continues off-road, where your driver will take you to discover amazing landscapes and hidden viewpoints. Cool off with a refreshing swim at the volcanic pools of Porto Moniz or Seixal and try a poncha (a local drink made from brandy cane sugar, honey and lemon juice), before heading back to Funchal for drop-off.

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What people are saying about Vereda do Fanal

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5.0 / 5

based on 22 reviews

Mega guide! So funny, exciting and scenically awesome :-) we saw pretty much everything that I had previously put on the ToDo of the north/west coast :-) Lunch was also really tasty and the guide stopped constantly to take photos. Even when driving off-road, people stopped constantly when there was a mega view in sight :-) so definitely recommended

Everything went according to plan - the off-road drive was a highlight of this trip, especially for the children. Our driver Phil was very experienced and nice.

Cool, laid back tour of the northwest. Even with minor technical setbacks related to the terrain and tyre pressure.

Amazing views and very friendly and helpful tour guide, had the most amazing time!!!

This is a must if you visit Madeira. Super- affordable, fun and informative.