7. Funchal: Sunrise with Breakfast+East & West Tour of Madeira
Embark on a breathtaking 12-hour tour of Madeira Island, exploring both the east and west sides of the island in a single day. This comprehensive tour will give you an unforgettable experience of the natural beauty and unique culture of Madeira. Your day will start with a mesmerizing sunrise at Pico do Arieiro, the third highest peak on the island. As you witness the sky changing colors, you'll be treated to a delightful breakfast, fueling you for the day ahead. After soaking in the beauty of the sunrise, you'll head towards the east side of the island to the Viewpoint of Guindaste in Santana. Here, you'll experience the thrill of walking on a skywalk while taking in panoramic views of Madeira's eastern tip. Next, you'll have a 30-minute stop in Santana to admire the traditional thatched-roof houses, known as "Casas Típicas de Santana." These unique triangular homes have become an iconic symbol of Madeira's architectural heritage. Continuing your journey, you'll visit the ruins of Sao Jorge, where you'll have the opportunity to explore this historic site and learn about its fascinating history. As you make your way to the west side of the island, you'll enjoy a brief stop at Sao Vicente. This charming coastal village offers stunning views of Madeira's northwest coast, perfect for capturing memorable photographs. Your next destination is Porto Moniz, the lunch stop for the tour. Here, you'll have 1 hour and 30 minutes to enjoy a delicious meal and take a refreshing swim in the natural lava pools. Afterward, you'll visit the Lighthouse of Ponta do Pargo, admiring its impressive exterior and the surrounding coastal scenery. Your next stop will be Paul do Mar, a picturesque fishing village where you can appreciate the relaxed pace of life and the vibrant local culture. The tour then takes you to Cascata dos Anjos, a beautiful waterfall cascading into the ocean. In case the road is closed, you'll visit the equally stunning Ponta do Sol as an alternative. Finally, the tour concludes at Cabo Girão, one of the highest sea cliffs in Europe, offering awe-inspiring views of the island and the vast Atlantic Ocean. This unforgettable 12-hour tour provides an all-encompassing experience of Madeira Island, showcasing its diverse landscapes, rich culture, and remarkable natural beauty. Don't miss the opportunity to make memories that will last a lifetime on this incredible island adventure.