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Fanal Pond: Our most recommended tours and activities

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.

From Funchal: West Madeira Island Guided Trip & Laurisilva

2. From Funchal: West Madeira Island Guided Trip & Laurisilva

Discover the most amazing places of Madeira, starting with a visit to the beautiful fishing village of Câmara de Lobos. See the colorful fishing boats of scabbard fish and taste the famous Poncha drink.   Continues to the stunning Cabo Girão Skywalk – a suspended glass platform – and admire breathtaking views of Câmara de Lobos and Funchal (tickets not included). Next comes Ribeira Brava, a charming village, and Fanal, where you can admire the centenary trees of the Laurissilva Forest.   Enjoy the magnificent views of the north coast at Ribeira da Janela. The tour then continues to the biggest stop: Porto Moniz where you can enjoy a lunch break and explore the natural volcanic pools.  After this, the tour will take you to the harbor of Seixal and its dramatic cliffs, and finally, you will end this wonderful tour at the Bride's Veil viewpoint. 

Madeira: Private Tour of Fanal Forest

3. Madeira: Private Tour of Fanal Forest

Start with pickup from your hotel and travel along a scenic route through the Fanal Forest of Madeira. We will go to the North West of the Island and 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. If we are in rainy season, you can see a crater lake just down the road of the Fanal park.

Madeira: Northwest Full-Day 4x4 Tour

4. Madeira: Northwest Full-Day 4x4 Tour

Discover the northwest of Madeira on a full-day tour. Swim in a natural volcanic pool in Porto Moniz, visit the quaint village of Ginjas, and marvel at the lush nature of the island. Begin your tour with a comfortable pickup at your hotel or guest house in a 4x4 vehicle. Enjoy your ride to Serra d'Água, where you will have the opportunity to learn about the island of Madeira. Continue north to visit the tiny town of Ginjas. Next, go off-road in your 4x4 and head to the top of a mountain to reach Paúl da Serra. Explore the natural beauty of this island, meet the people, and explore the cultures, traditions, and local food and drinks. Stop in Porto Moniz to swim in the natural swimming pools created by cooled volcanic lava. Continue on to Ribeira da Janela to admire its towering rock formation. Marvel at the beautiful beaches of Seixal and the lush forests of São Vicente. Stop at one of the villages to enjoy a short "levada" walk through water and forest before returning to your hotel.

West Madeira: Full-Day 4x4 Excursion

5. 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.

From Funchal: Northwest Madeira 4x4 Jeep Tour with Transfer

6. From Funchal: Northwest Madeira 4x4 Jeep Tour with Transfer

In this tour, I'll demonstrate how exquisite the Northwest side of our sweet island is. Going through our local villages, old roads and narrating about old times, you will have a perspective of how our people used to and still live to this day with their culture and traditions. In this journey you will also notice our Centenary trees in Fanal, having stories and memories that no man can tell, where the colour green is always with you. Waterfalls will be something that you see very often along the roads from Porto Moniz to São Vicente, beautiful and natural sights of water falling down throughout the rocks and cliffs. Agua D'alto is one of many waterfalls in the area, where we will make a brief stop to contemplate its simplicity and natural beauty as well as to see the astounding view of São Vicente and Ponta Delgada. In general this will be a tour with a lot of interesting, diverse and unique environments and landscapes. -We will start by leaving Funchal heading to Câmara de Lobos, a beautiful fishing village. -Going through Câmara de Lobos, Cabo Girão will be the next stop. -Continuing this trip, we will also visit Ponta do Sol (Canhas), where we will start our ascent into the mountains, more specifically the vast Paúl da Serra (Plateau), plus Faial will also be on the way to the magical forest. -Going down the mountains, getting closer to the sea, Ribeira da Janela is going to be the next stop, with an incredible viewpoint. -Then we will proceed to visit Porto Moniz, one of the highlights of the trip, where you will have the opportunity to swim in its famous natural pools. -At this point of the trip we will start our return by passing through Seixal, and São Vicente will be the last stop. -Despite this being the last stop, Rosário, Serra de Água, Campanário and Quinta Grande will be some other places we will go through as we head to Funchal, hence concluding this enchanting experience that you will definitely never forget.

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What people are saying about Fanal Pond

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 1,226 reviews

All in all, it was a very good trip,I had the chance to visit places that would have been difficult to access otherwise. The guide provided some interesting facts on the way, and even though we missed out one of the destinations (because of the weather), they included another program - that was probably better than the original one. The only thing I would change is that 20-30 min. for one place is a little bit short, so maybe less stops and more quality time for the most interesting parts would have been better - but that's just my taste.

Nelson our guide was spectacular!! To quote him, “We don’t have lions, elephants and other animals to see… but we call it a safari”…it was a “wild” fun ride up the mountains, thru the valleys, winding small town roads. It was a perfect day adventure that included sights, swims, poncho and coffee. They do this tour right!!!

Lucy was amazing and the tour took us to many places with perfectly comfortable travel Lovely time

Great trip, highly recommend to anybody who has only few days to explore the island !!!

Brilliant day with Duarte exploring the North day of our week