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Madeira: Nature & Wine 4x4 Tour from Funchal or Caniço

1. Madeira: Nature & Wine 4x4 Tour from Funchal or Caniço

From Funchal, head to Serra d'Agua, a valley at the center of the island. Afterward, go to Encumeada viewpoint with its great views over north and south of the island, a high point that connects Ribeira Brava, São Vicente, and Paúl da Serra. After passing Chão dos Louros Forest Park, whose name comes from the abundance of laurels trees, take a nice off-road drive with fantastic views over Porto Moniz, Ribeira da Janela, Paul da Serra, and São Vicente. Then, have a fabulous experience with a very important wine producer in Madeira, enjoying a guided tour through the vineyards, followed by wine tasting. Enjoy a professional explanation about traditions, wine culture, and wine production given by an oenologist. Finally, move on to Cabo Girão, the highest cliff in Europe and second in the world at 589 meters, known for its suspended glass floor balcony that offers a spectacular panoramic view over the Atlantic, Câmara de Lobos, and Funchal.

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Madeira: Flag Ship Tour of Santa Maria de Colombo

2. Madeira: Flag Ship Tour of Santa Maria de Colombo

Have a unique experience and climb aboard a convincing replica of Christopher Columbus’s original vessel the Santa Maria, built right here on lush Madeira Island. Enjoy a time-travelling journey back to the 15th century, and walk along the southern coast of the island before reaching Cabo Girão. There, stop for a refreshing swim in the azure waters off the coast. Keep your eyes open for possible sightings of dolphins and whales peeking above the blue waves as you walk along the Atlantic coastline.

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Funchal: Food and Wine Walking Tour

3. Funchal: Food and Wine Walking Tour

Discover the exciting history of Funchal as you sample its flavors on a 3-hour guided walk. Hear about the city’s past, admire its architecture and of course try some famous Madeira wines. Taste traditional foods from restaurants and the local market. Enjoy 9 stops in all, with 11 food and 6 drink tastings. The following venues are stops on this tour: • O Calhau • Uau Cacau: a 100 percent Madeiran chocolate factory, that’s all about elegant chocolates and traditional flavors that are simply Irresistible • Blandy's Wine Lodge: the wines from this producer are appreciated all over the world, and their older wines enjoy the highest reputation among top professionals • Fabrica de Santo Antonio: a factory that produces the best-known Madeira cookies and sweets from traditional recipes • Cristalina Chique: this typical bar is popular among the locals, who enjoy eating the black scabbard fillet sandwiches or fresh tuna, at any time of the day • Mercados dos Lavradores: the farmers market in Funchal offers up colorful flowers, seasonal exotic fruits and a wide variety of fish • A Mercadora: this typical Madeiran grocery store sells various spices as well as beans, potatoes and much more – try the famous sugar cane spirit poncho • Venda da Donna Maria: sample tasty regional and home cooking at this old town restaurant that offers a menu of typical Madeiran cuisine • Chocolate e Menta: a tea house where you end off your morning filled with delicacies. From here you’ll return to the departure point.

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From Funchal: Sea Cliffs and Wine Tasting 4WD Tour

4. From Funchal: Sea Cliffs and Wine Tasting 4WD Tour

Depart Funchal by open 4WD vehicle and journey to one of the island's most impressive views. Go to Cabo Girão on the southern coast, where a glass-floored viewing platform was installed in October 2012 and the Cabo Girão Skywalk is the highest in Europe. Marvel at hues of intense depth and clarity, enhanced by the constant light of a warm and inviting sun. Travel along the island's steep and serpentine roads and enter an exotic part of Madeira known only to a few. Benefit from the services of a local guide as you get uninterrupted views from your open-top 4x4 vehicle and visit Câmara de Lobos, where Sir Winston Churchill was inspired to paint the landscape. We will stop at a local bar, where you can try some local/traditional drinks and the famous, "poncha."

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

5. 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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From Funchal: Full-Day Skywalk & Madeira Wine Tasting Tour

6. From Funchal: Full-Day Skywalk & Madeira Wine Tasting Tour

Depart from Funchal and head to Serra d’Água in Ribeira Brava, with beautiful views surrounded by dense vegetation and tall mountains. Reach the Encumeada viewpoint at 1007 meters above sea level to enjoy magnificent views over the valleys, north and south coast of the island. Continuing through a nice off-road route with spectacular views over São Vicente, Paúl da Serra, and Porto Moniz, and arrive at the most important and iconic vineyards in the north of the island, located in São Vicente. In this wonderful and interesting property, take a guided tour with the owners to learn the ins and outs of wine production process and wine culture. After the tour, delight yourself in a wine tasting experience. After lunch, continue towards Cabo Girão, the highest cliff in Europe and second highest in the world measuring at 589 meters. It is notable for its renovated viewpoint with a suspended glass floor. Finish at Câmara de Lobos, visiting the best Madeira wine lodge to taste the famous 3, 10, and 15-year-old Madeira wines.

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From Funchal: Full-Day Madeira Wine Tour with Lunch

7. From Funchal: Full-Day Madeira Wine Tour with Lunch

Depart Funchal and travel to the vineyards of Câmara de Lobos, Madeira's main wine region. Meet a local producer to learn how fortified wine is made. Continue along the north coast to San Vicente and marvel at the natural beauty of the landscape.  Stop at a local house to enjoy a typical meal of local ingredients with wine pairings. Get spectacular views of the north coast, vineyards, and unique laurel forests before visiting a modern winery in Porto Moniz. Try a white wine acclaimed for its acidity and tropical aroma. Sample a selection of rosés and reds before making your way back towards the south coast and Funchal. Enjoy one last stop at a winery along the way to taste some very special wines from Madeira. Receive lots of information about the different wine growing regions and wines throughout the day.

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Funchal: Wine and Sugar Walking Tour

8. Funchal: Wine and Sugar Walking Tour

Join a former student of the University of Madeira, or a volunteer of the university's Erasmus Madeiran Heritage program, and get fascinating explanations about the cultural history of the island and its importance to the historical trade routes of the Atlantic and Indian oceans. Learn more about some of the famous visitors to Madeira and what they contributed to the island. Explore the wine-making industry and its impact on global history, and visit emblematic buildings, such as the 15th-century Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption. Go to the Old Customs House, built at the height of Madeira's importance to the sugar industry, and discover one of the oldest tourist centers.

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From Funchal: Madeira South Coast Full-Day Tour

9. From Funchal: Madeira South Coast Full-Day Tour

On this tour, you will go through peaceful and beautiful villages by the sea and will be taken on a wonderful journey. The villages of Ponta do Sol, Calheta and Estreito da Calheta are very well known for their large production of sugar cane, bananas and wine. In Calheta, you will find one of the two man-made, golden, sandy beaches that Madeira has to offer. You will have the opportunity to visit the Engenho da Calheta, a sugar cane factory, where you can admire how sugar cane rum is made and have the opportunity to walk around the distillery. Then continue your trip to Ponta do Pargo. See the lighthouse at Madeira's most western point where you can relax and enjoy the magnificent views over the Atlantic. Ponta do Pargo is also where you will have your lunch break stop. There are various snack bars, restaurants and coffee shops where you can have lunch.   After lunch you will make your way through Estreito de Câmara de Lobos towards Funchal.

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What people are saying about Funchal

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 114 reviews

Our guide Rui made it an amazing experience all together ! The skywalk was good to start with, the off-road made it superb and the wine tasting was the icing on the cake. The activity as well as the walking in the vineyard for a short intro about the place; more than really getting the background and visual on how the wine is made. The good company was an nice extra. Worth it !

We enjoyed everything from the trip. We started with drive up the steep incline to the skywalk, the off-road drive & finally the wine tasting at the vineyard. Highly recommended!

Excellent tour and very interesting. Sofia was a great host and got to say the food and wine was very top notch, best we’ve had while on holiday.

This was the best tour! I completely enjoyed the guide and the wine tasting. Lots of fun, even for a solo traveler. Highly recommend!

A really chilled ride on a pirate ship and seen dolphins and whales.