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Tour to the West of Madeira

Activity provider: secretmadeira lda

Tour to the West of Madeira

Activity provider: secretmadeira lda
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Explore the Magestic West and marvel at high mountain ridges falling into valleys with waterfalls. Visit the centenary Laurisilva Forest, Porto Moniz natural pools, and Câmara de Lobos.

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Duration 8 hours
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Spanish, Dutch, English, French, German, Portuguese
Small group
Limited to 8 participants


  • See Cabo Girão, the highest sea cliff in Europe
  • Travel across the Encumeada Pass and the Plateau needle point between south and north
  • Discover the Laurel Forest with the oldest centenary trees in the island
  • Swim in natural volcanic pools at Porto Moniz
  • Admire the waterfalls along the northcoast road
Full description

Discover the highlights of Madeira's beautiful landscapes and charming towns on this guided tour in a comfortable vehicle, with pickup and drop-off included. Stop at Camara de Lobos, the Ribeira Brava and visit the village of São Vicente.

After pick-up from your hotel, make your way to Camara de Lobos where beautiful landscapes were painted by Sir Winston Churchill in the 1950s. The drive takes you along the old narrow roads of Estreito de Camara de Lobos, where the vines were first introduced and still exist today. Admire the banana plantations and sugarcane on the steepy terraces that sometimes are difficult to get to.

Visit Madeira's pride and Cabo Girão, the highest sea cliff in Europe and the second-highest in the world. Discover the breathtaking views over the mountains and sea and old agricultural terraces still planted today. Then, the route descends to Ribeira Brava, visit old monuments including the church. Continue the drive through to Paul da Serra Madeira´s popular flat plateau at 1500m above sea level.

Embrace the beautiful laurel forest views through Madeira´s little green Scotland, where the oldest Laurel Trees and endemic vegetation that grows and embraces the long Rabaçal Valley, to Porto Moniz valley, well known for its natural volcanic pools in the summer. Spend 2 hours and in the winter 1 and half hours there.

A stop for lunch or a light snack follows after (not included in the price). The tour continues along the north coast where waterfalls are visible. Drive through the village of Seixal, well known for its black natural volcanic beach and wine terraces which continues right through São Vicente. Appreciate Portugal's own little "Hawai" due to the high wave attraction in the winter and surfing attraction nature will escort up to the Encumeada Pass, where the North meets the South at 1007 meters above sea level (this stop will depend on the weather conditions).

At the end of the tour you will be dropped back at your hotel.

  • Guided tour
  • Pickup and drop-off from hotels between Machico, Funchal, Ponta do Sol, and Calheta
  • Pickup and drop-off from hotels between Santa Cruz centre and Funchal
  • Meeting point for cruiseliner guests at CR7 Museum or Porto Santo harbor terminal
  • Entrance fees to museums, public pools, WC
  • Lunch, snacks and drinks
  • Pick-up for hotels in Machico Ribeira Brava, Ponta do Sol and Calheta (additional cost for each person) and pickup in Calheta and Ponta do Sol must have a minimum of 2 people
  • Pick up and drop for these hotels are in the center or close to the center

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Important information

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  • Bring a warm jacket as the temperature is changeable
  • Bring swimwear to swim when the weather permits
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based on 430 reviews

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We did the excursion with the guide Carlos who speaks good French and who is very funny! The times for some activities might be a bit long but overall we loved it! The mini bus is comfortable, small group so great to ask questions and avoid getting late and we saw everything on the list as time permitted! I highly recommend, I'm really not disappointed!

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August 16, 2022

Overall positive experience, in a single day you can see half the island with stops in the main countries of 20/30 minutes. Convenient collection service, very close to home. The friendly guide, very kind and helpful, tells the main things of the island. The only thing the tour does not follow the order of the villages mentioned in the description of the experience (the tour is done in reverse)

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August 10, 2022

Very nice and varied with a lot of different stops to discover many different parts of the west and north of the island. Very nice guide,,and a great swim in natural pools, in addition to many discover. My 6 year old daughter and myself loved it. Well Worth the day !

August 8, 2022

Product ID: 102545