Laurisilva de Madeira, Portugal

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Laurisilva de Madeira, Portugal: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Santana: Private Buggy Driving Experience

1. From Santana: Private Buggy Driving Experience

Follow the guide along remote dirt tracks to discover the island on a different way, far from the touristic places. Each vehicle seats two people, allowing for double the fun as you cruise around. We will cross landscapes from sea to mountains, passing through our forest that is world heritage - Laurissilva Forest - and making stops to enjoy the stunning landscapes and take photos to later remember, but we can guarantee that it will be unforgettable!

From Funchal: West Madeira Island Guided Trip & Laurisilva

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

. Câmara de Lobos - The tour starts with a 20 to 30 minute stop at this beautiful fishing village, where you can see the fishing boats of scabbard fish and drink the famous Poncha. . Cabo Girão - The tour continues to this amazing viewpoint over a seacliff with a suspended glass platform where you can admire the panoramic views of Câmara de lobos and Funchal. .Ribeira Brava - The tour makes a small stop at this charming Village. Here you can visit the 15th Century Church and enjoy a small walk at the promenade by the sea. .Fanal - Leaving Ribeira Brava, the tour continues passing through Ponta do Sol, towards Fanal to a little walk in the Laurissilva Forest. . Ribeira da Janela - This stop is a superp viewpoint that shows you 60% of the magnificent north cost. . Porto Moniz - After, the tour goes to the biggest stop. At Porto Moniz the stop is between 1 hour and a half to two hours that you can enjoy your lunch break and a swim at the natural volcanic pools. . Seixal - Stoping at the harbor of Seixal for you to enjoy the view of the dramatic cliffs crushing the water and the opportunity to have a walk in one of the most black sand beaches of the Island. . Bride's Veil - To end this splendid tour is a viewpoint with a waterfall that resembles a bride's veil.

Madeira: Jeep 4x4 Old Forest Safari Tour with Pico Arieiro

3. Madeira: Jeep 4x4 Old Forest Safari Tour with Pico Arieiro

Explore Madeira Island in a unique and active way on this Land Rover 4x4 trip. Prepare to see breathtaking views, visit hidden places that you can’t reach by yourself, and collect memories you’ll never forget. Visit the Laurissilva Forest and Pico do Arieiro. Start your trip by departing from Funchal in the direction of Camacha Village, where you can visit the basketwork factory. Then, continue through Vale Paraíso towards Poiso with an altitude of 1412 meters. Climb through the mountains to Pico do Arieiro, Madeira’s third-highest peak at a height of 1,818 meters. This is one of the most beautiful places in Madeira, with unbeatable views of the island. Stay here for a while and walk around. Later, descend to Ribeiro Frio and reach the Laurissilva Forest to visit the trout nursery. Continue the adventure along old paths passing Cedro Gordo and Cruzinhas until you reach the Village de Santana where you’ll get to visit the typical straw houses (colmo). After this stop, descend to the village of Faial with views down to the sea, then continue towards Ponta de São Lourenço in the east of Madeira. This part of the Island is much drier and arid, but with a unique beauty due to its cliffs and colors. End your trip with drop-off back in Funchal.

Madeira: Private Tour of Fanal Forest

4. Madeira: Private Tour of Fanal Forest

Start with pickup from your hotel and travel along a scenic route through the Fanal Forest of Madeira. Stop at various points of interest and beautiful viewpoints with your expert driver/guide. Then, 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.

From Funchal: Madeira Island Private Jeep 4x4 Tour

5. From Funchal: Madeira Island Private Jeep 4x4 Tour

Discover the best of Madeira Island with this Jeep safari tour. Customize the route to see the Sea, Mountains, Cliffs, and Laurissilva Forest (North-East part of the island). Leave Funchal in the direction of the village da Camacha where you can visit the basketwork factory. Continue through Vale Paraíso towards Poiso with an altitude of 1412m and climb through the mountains to Pico do Arieiro at a height of 1818m for mesmerizing panoramic views. Then, descend to Ribeiro Frio in the Laurissilva Forest and visit the trout nursery. Continue your adventure along old paths passing Cedro Gordo and Cruzinhas until you reach the Village de Santana to explore the typical straw houses (Colmo). Descend to the village of Faial for amazing views down to the sea and then continue towards Ponta de São Lourenço in the east of Madeira. Finish off with a transfer back to Funchal.

Madeira: Sao Vicente, Ponta Delga & Sao Jorge Valley Trip

6. Madeira: Sao Vicente, Ponta Delga & Sao Jorge Valley Trip

Travel on the old roads along the coast of Madeira as you make your way through Boaventura, Arco de São Jorge, and Cabanas. Visit São Vicente and Ponta Delgada. Benefit from convenient hotel transfers from Funchal or Caniço. Head to the first stop of the day, São Vicente. São Vicente is home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Laurisilva. Marvel at the stunning valleys that surround this windswept headland. Next, progress to Ponta Delgada to visit an old church. Soaked in local legacies and tales, listen to your guide share stories about the church and take in the atmosphere. Then, head further north along the old roads and admire the breathtaking views of the sea as you travel through Boaventura, Arco de São Jorge, and Cabanas. Visit an old watermill from the 1700s and the only one still operating in Madeira. Explore the São Jorge Valley with a door that opens to the sea. Finish with a great view from the top of the Ilha village to watch the whole valley of São Jorge.

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What people are saying about Laurisilva de Madeira, Portugal

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I was lucky to have found a spot on this tour with Mauricio. While the weather didn’t allow us to do the tour that was planned — rain and cloud cover completely hid the spectacular views from the peaks — Mauricio drew on his local knowledge and took us on a ride throughout the center and south side of the island chock full of stunning views, history, information about the residents, flora, infrastructure, and customs. Mauricio was professional, full of personality and a wealth of information. He showed us places I would not have been able to drive on my own, and made the day spent in his company a highlight of my stay in Madeira.

We had a very nice day with our guide through the Fanal forest. He said a lot about Madeira. During the tour he took a large number of photos and then sent them to us.

Very pleasant drive with the car and a nice travel companion who took care of everything.