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From Funchal: Best of Madeira's West Tour

1. From Funchal: Best of Madeira's West Tour

Escape the hustle and bustle of Funchal on a full-day scenic tour of the west of Madeira. Admire the unspoiled natural beauty of the area and visit the charming villages of Câmara de Lobos and Porto Moniz. Following pickup from selected hotels in Funchal, pass through the traditional fishing village of Câmara de Lobos. Continue to Cabo Girão Skywalk, Europe's highest cliff skywalk at 589m. Next, head towards the Ribeira Brava and go north through the deep and narrow valleys of Serra D'Água. Upon arrival at Encumeada, enjoy an incredible view of the south and north coast of the island. Cross a mountain pass, and witness the rugged beauty of the north coast, where Atlantic rollers deposit white surf on the cliffs. Traverse Madeira's highest plateau, and enjoy more spectacular panoramas. Continue to São Vicente on Madeira’s north coast. Visit the beautiful village of Porto Moniz and take 1 hour for lunch, as well as time to admire the volcanic swimming pools. Finish your tour at Paul da Serra to see one of the biggest natural reserves in the world.

Funchal: Old Town Walking Tour

2. Funchal: Old Town Walking Tour

Meet your guide at Jesuit's College of Funchal, Madeira University to begin this 2-hour guided walking tour of Funchal. Learn how the history of Madeira and Funchal shaped the city centre as you visit the most important points of interest. Travel down the 19th century public walkway between the Municipal Theatre and the Cathedral, where sugarcane was first planted in Madeira, during the 15th century. Explore the city’s medieval heart dating from the Golden Age of Sugar and discover the beautiful 17th century religious monuments. Visit the ruins of the old Pilory Square and other remnants from past floods and the area damaged by the Great Fire of Funchal in 1584. This tour helps to support students at the University of Madeira who are facing financial difficulties.  

Madeira: Best of the East Tour from Funchal

3. Madeira: Best of the East Tour from Funchal

Discover the diverse landscapes of Madeira on a day-long tour. Wander charming towns, enjoy panoramic views and learn about the area from your expert guide. Depart from the meeting point at Funchal's Lido or take advantage of a free hotel pick-up in selected areas. The first stop is at the beautiful viewpoint of Terreiro da Luta, located a few kilometers outside Funchal. Next, drive toward the mountain of Pico do Arieiro. At an altitude of 1,818 meters, the third highest peak on the island offers breathtaking views. Once you've been to the highest drivable peak in Madeira, head back down through the forest on the way to the coast. Admire some of Madeira's emblematic straw-roof houses, pass pretty villages and get stunning seascape views. Arrive at the very eastern point of the island for some superb panoramas of the north and south coasts. Discover the popular start point for the levada walks, Ribeiro Frio, on the northern slopes of the island. See interesting trout pools and original vegetation. Madeira was once completely covered by laurissilva forest, a relic from prehistoric times. Stop for lunch in Santana, characterized by its small, thatched triangular houses. Past Portela go towards Ponta de São Lourenço, situated in the eastern part of the island. This is a place where a fantastic combination of rocks, sea, and nature combine. The last town to be visited is Machico, a viewpoint where you can look over the bay and the golden sandy beach.

From Funchal: Enchanted Terraces and Porto do Moniz 4WD Tour

4. 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.

Funchal: Full-Day 4x4 Eastern Tour

5. Funchal: Full-Day 4x4 Eastern Tour

On this tour, see the best views of the eastern side of Madeira, a unique experience passing by the non-touristic villages. Start with a visit to Machico, where Portuguese captains landed for the first time. Move on to Portela for an experience with the amazing countryside of Madeira, overlooking Eagle Rock (Penha D'Aguia), known as the human face. Enjoy the view over the rocks and the coast. Afterwards, continue to the sugar cane and rum factory in Porta da Cruz. Taste the local rums and learn about the local production of rum. Travel down the serpentine roads to the village of Santana to visit the traditional thatched houses, and enjoy a delicious lunch during your stay in Santana. In the afternoon, visit the 3rd highest peak of Madeira. At 1818 meters you will have a 360° view over the surroundings, passing by Ribeiro Frio Village.

Madeira: Food, Wine & Culture Walking Tour

6. Madeira: Food, Wine & Culture Walking Tour

On this exceptional cultural and gustatory experience, you will be taken to off the beaten track to sample amazing traditional food from Madeira while sipping a glass of Madeira wine or a cup of Portuguese tea.  The tour starts in the charming historic center with a qualified tour guide who has many years of experience. Your guide will explain the historical and cultural details of the city as well as the traditions behind each dish, which will surely enrich the tour. This 4-hour tour includes 7 stops with a visit to the market. From an artisanal chocolate tasting to the famous local custard tarts, the choices of delicious treats will be enough to satisfy anyone’s cravings.

Madeira: Nuns Valley Half-Day Tour

7. Madeira: Nuns Valley Half-Day Tour

Explore the stunning landscapes of the Curral da Freiras (Nuns Valley) on a scenic half-day tour from Funchal. Journey to the center of Madeira to find dramatic, cloud-topped mountains and verdant valleys. Board the minibus in the center of Lido, and make your way to Eira do Serrado for one of the most beautiful views in Madeira. Continue down to Curral da Freiras, traveling past forest bushes and the quaint houses typical of the Madeiran countryside. Once in Nuns Valley, see a small village nestling between almost perpendicular mountains. How the huge cauldron in which the Nuns Valley formed is open to debate. Some people say it was the result of erosion, while older theories maintain it was a result of volcanic activity. What is beyond dispute is that the village is very isolated. The locals mainly live off what they cultivate, including the delicious chestnuts that are the centerpiece of the annual Chestnut Festival. Return to Funchal, stopping at the fishing village of Câmara de Lobos, where Winston Churchill painted his beautiful landscapes. Try some of the legendary Poncha drink before you leave.

Funchal: Guided Tour by Tuk Tuk and CR7 Museum Entrance

8. Funchal: Guided Tour by Tuk Tuk and CR7 Museum Entrance

Start your tuk tuk tour of Funchal by exploring the city’s Old Town, dating back to the 16th century when the island was first colonized by the Portuguese. Your driver will be happy to take you to some of the city's narrowest streets. Pass Funchal Market to savor the aromas of the fresh foods and flowers on sale. Continue to the Cathedral of Funchal and admire its Mudéjar-inspired roof. Explore the oldest and most typical streets of Funchal, including Ferrnão de Ornelas. End at the CR7 Museum, dedicated to the Madeiran footballer Cristiano Ronaldo. Enter the museum for free at the end of your guided tuk tuk tour and see emblematic photographs of Cristiano’s career, videos and his wax statue at your own pace. Marvel at the junior and professional trophies he won while serving at Andorinha, Nacional, Sporting, Manchester United and Real Madrid.

From Funchal: East Coast of Madeira Tour

9. From Funchal: East Coast of Madeira Tour

The tour heads first to Camacha for a visit to the largest outlet on the island for wicker products where demonstrations of wicker weaving can be seen. Continue uphill by heading for Pico do Arieiro for tremendous views over a succession of knife-edge ridges and sheer cliffs. At an altitude of 1,818 meters, it is the third-highest peak in Madeira. Continue your journey downhill through small terraces lining the road before you reach the Laurissilva Forest, one of the most beautiful natural treasures of Madeira. This forest is about 20 million years old and was classified a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999.  The next stop is at the charming village of Santana, a picture of domestic and agricultural prosperity known for its traditional stone houses with steep, triangular-shaped thatched roofs. Traditionally people lived in these ingenious structures and you can discover how spacious the A-frame buildings are when you visit one. Next, drive down the north coast to the rural village of Porto da Cruz, home to the only functioning sugar mill in the north coast. This small village has a maze of alleys and, as well as a beautiful sea promenade, the former warehouses are being converted into cafes. Lastly, take in Praia de Machico, a beautiful bay with an uncommonly shaped valley that looks as if a balcony overlooks the sea and the mountains. The sugar cane crops and its mills made it very important for Madeira’s economy until the 17th century. The eastern side of the bay is dominated by Pico do Facho’s 320 meter peak, named after the beacon that used to be lit here to warn residents of approaching pirates. Heading home, enjoy views of the coast and enormous Madeira junipers trees which have become quite rare over the years.

Calheta: Madeira Private Yacht Cruise with Snorkeling & Wine

10. Calheta: Madeira Private Yacht Cruise with Snorkeling & Wine

Experience the beauty of Madeira's coast on this private yacht tour. Cruise along the coastline to see steep cliffs and charming red-roofed villages. Jump from the boat into the cool refreshing water. Meet your crew and board the boat. Set off along the coast from Calheta and have the freedom to explore the shore in either direction. Uncover secret spots that can only be accessed by boat. Dive into the water and snorkel through rock formations and schools of sliver fish. Pick from the daytime option where you can sun on deck or the evening option which allows you take in stunning views of the sunset over the sea. Travel in a well-maintained craft and have the use of amenities like towels and a cabin. Chill out with a fresh drink or sparkling wine served by the professional crew. Head back to Calheta

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What people are saying about Madeira

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We had such a lovely time with Andrea and Luis. They were very accommodating and took us through the best sites. Both very knowledgeable and the information they provided us with was very interesting. We would recommend this as a must if you are visiting Madeira!

It's a good experience. The scenery is amazing, unfortunately we didn't have the perfect time, but it's still beautiful. suggest to sit at left side of the car, because west tour goes along the west coast. the left part is more beautiful.

We were on tour alone with Lisbeth, so she was able to show and explain everything to us in detail and answer our questions well

All round successful tour. Relaxed and super friendly guide ;) got great information about the history of Funchal!

Wonderful trip to Nuns Valley, our driver was very knowledgeable and amusing. Very well organised.