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From Funchal: Nuns Valley, Monte and Sleigh Ride Tour

1. From Funchal: Nuns Valley, Monte and Sleigh Ride Tour

Depart Funchal and journey to the Pico dos Barcelos to experience one of Madeira's unique viewpoints. Get a breathtaking view of all points of the island, before making your way up to Eira do Serrado. Admire the surrounding chestnut trees and eucalyptus plants of the natural wonderland. The ancient footpaths are still used by locals and tourists, and the narrow road and tunnels can still be seen. From an altitude of 1,094 meters above sea level, you will be able to see across to the Nuns Valley (weather permitting). Isolated from the rest of the island, the Nuns Valley (Curral das Freiras) is surrounded by lava rock and takes its name from the nuns that once inhabited the valley as they fled from pirate attacks during the 16th century. Try some traditional chestnut cake and pastries only found in the region, along with different traditional liquors. Then, go to Monte, one of Madeira´s old touristic stops, and visit the church where the tomb of the Emperor Charles I of Austria can be found. The last of the Habsburg rulers of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, he died in exile on April 1, 1922. Add a little adventure to the day and enjoy an unforgettable 2-kilometer toboggan ride down the old road of Livramento, where the bus will pick you up at the bottom.

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Funchal: Monte Tropical Garden Tuk-Tuk Tour

2. Funchal: Monte Tropical Garden Tuk-Tuk Tour

Feel the thrill of riding by Tuk Tuk around the stunning Monte Tropical Garden. Begin in Funchal city and head towards the mountains. Arrive in Monte Palace Madeira and enjoy a cup of coffee. Explore over 70,000 square meters of exotic plants and breathe in the beautiful ambience of the garden. Uncover one of the most exciting and wonderful places Madeira has to offer. Begin the trip in the Old Town in Funchal city, a main tourist attraction full of fun stories and curious facts. Venture to the mountains up to Monte city. Feel mesmerized by the lovely plants, and visit one of the most popular churches on the island, Monte's church. Learn of the day of Lady of Monte, the most attended feast on Madeira Island all year. Take your time at the Monte Palace Madeira, adored for its facinating and immense garden. Take photos, relax, enjoy some coffee, and prepare to get lost in the nature of the garden grounds. Visit the central lake and marvel at local swans, ducks, peacocks, and chickens. Enter the Monte Palace Madeira Museum and explore the three floors filled with sculptures, history, and a unique mineral collection. End the tour at a legendary charm of the island, the famous Monte Toboggan. Enjoy the thrilling ride down the hill, the way the locals used to.

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Funchal: Madeira Island Group Surf Lesson

3. Funchal: Madeira Island Group Surf Lesson

Join a surf lesson in the clear Atlantic waters off Madeira Island, and learn the fun sport for the first time or hone your surfing skills with an expert instructor. Enjoy the ease of a hotel pickup from Funchal, and be directly dropped off at the best surfing spots on the island. Kick-start your lesson with a warm up and a technical demonstration on the beach before hitting the water to catch some waves. Feel the cool waters beneath your gliding board, and the adrenaline course through you after catching your first wave. Enjoy the top surfing spots for beginners on Madeira Island, including Praia do Seixal, Praia de Machico, and Porto da Cruz, where your instructor will bring you to make sure you get the best experience possible.

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Madeira: 3-Hour Monte Sightseeing Tour & Toboggan Sled Ride

4. Madeira: 3-Hour Monte Sightseeing Tour & Toboggan Sled Ride

Take a tour beyond the extraordinary with the Monte Toboggans Sled. Visitors from all over the world use this transport seeking a ride full of emotions and adrenaline. Embark on an unforgettable adventure ride with splendid views over the city. Begin the tour with a walk around the parish of Monte in the hills of Funchal. Visit the Largo da Fonte, a stunning square with its beautiful gardens from where you'll see the old train station. Learn about the history of the iconic sled that was used as a traditional form of public transportation by local residents in the 19th century. Continue the walking tour to see the beautiful church of Monte where the tomb of the last Austro-Hungarian emperor is located. In the end, it's time to take a fun downhill ride with the Toboggan sled to Funchal city.

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Madeira: Private Half-Day Guided Gardens Tour

5. Madeira: Private Half-Day Guided Gardens Tour

Embark on a half-day tour dedicated to the Madeira's gardens, one of the island's greatest treasures. Visit the Monte Palace Tropical Garden and be impressed by its beauty and diverse culture. See traces of Portugal's history since the reign of its first king, D. Afonso Henriques. Wander through the Monte Palace, which occupies an area of 70.000 square meters and houses an exotic collection of plants from different regions in the world. Watch swans and ducks floating on the lake as well as peacocks and chickens walking freely in the main areas of the property. Visit the museum inside the palace that houses a unique collection of minerals and gems.  The tour ends in the Botanical Garden, founded in 1960 by a Madeiran Botanist. Find more than 2500 species of plants from different parts in the world, all brought together in the “Garden of the Atlantic.”

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Madeira: Funchal Baskets Tuk-Tuk Express Tour

6. Madeira: Funchal Baskets Tuk-Tuk Express Tour

Enjoy this adventurous tour of Monte Village and Funchal with an exhilarating toboggan ride at the end. Admire beautifully decorated streets and visit the Church of Our Lady of the Mount. Starting at the Old Town, see the “painted doors” throughout the streets of Santa Maria, where numerous doors were painted by different artists giving this street a unique glow. Also, admire the picturesque details of cobblestone floors and the façades of the old houses on Rue de Santa Maria. Next, continue towards Monte and visit the Church of Our Lady of the Mount. The structure that is visible today for all its visitors was completed back in 1818 and is one of the most sought sites by churchgoers and tourists in general. After visiting Monte, dare to ride some toboggans, or more commonly known as “Carreiros do Monte." Toboggan riding was traditionally a means of transportation by locals who wanted to travel quickly from Monte´s village to Funchal. This adventurous and old-fashioned transportation appeared around the 1850s and is still in use today.

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From Funchal: Advanced Canyoning Experience in Madeira

7. From Funchal: Advanced Canyoning Experience in Madeira

Join in on an advanced-level canyoning adventure with this tour from Funchal. Use high-quality equipment to traverse Madeira's canyons and streams. Keep your up your energy with snack stops along the way.  Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation in Funchal. Sit back and relax as you head to a location that is hand-picked for the day's conditions at Seixal, Calheta, Santana or Ribeiro Frio.  Start abseiling down rock faces and crossing water lines. Get wet as you swim and slide through the picturesque canyon. Enjoy jumping from waterfalls, where it is possible to do so. Take a break with some water and snacks.  Have photos and videos that you can take home to share. Eat some more snacks before returning to your accommodation in Funchal.

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What people are saying about Monte

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 28 reviews

Friendly pick up from hotel, great instructors on the surf lesson, both friendly and very knowledgeable. Would definitely recommend if you’re looking for a surf activity in Madeira

Amazing! Loved every second of it! Monica and the surf instructors were so kind and helpful. Could’t get enough of it! Would highly recommend to anyone in Maderia

Enjoyed the tour and interesting taxi! Guides were educated and considerate. Loved the basket ride down the street. That was cra6! Never had that experience.

We enjoyed our trip to the botanical gardens and Monte Palace gardens. So glad we chose a private tour as our guide was very informative.

Guide very knowledgeable in the history of wood and gardens , very intuitive