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North Mills Distillery: Our most recommended tours and activities

Funchal: East Madeira Island Guided Tour & Laurissilva Walk

1. Funchal: East Madeira Island Guided Tour & Laurissilva Walk

Pico Areeiro: Start the tour in the magnificent Pico do Areeiro mountain at an altitude of 1818 meters. Ribeiro Frio: Here you will enjoy a small ( 40 - 45 minute) Levada Walk to a beautiful viewpoint. If you are not a walking person, you can enjoy this stop to visit the Trout nursery. Santana: This stop is the bigger one. You can take advantage of this 1.5-hour stop for lunch and visit Santana village. Faial: At the Guindaste viewpoint you can admire the wonderful northeast coast view. Porto da Cruz: At this small village the stop is around 20 to 30 minutes. Here you can visit the North Mills Distillery and taste the local rum. Ponta São Lourenço: The Ponta do Rosto is a must-see viewpoint. It's situated at the easiest part of the Island and gives you astonishing views over the North and South Madeira Sea and sometimes also of Porto Santo Island.

East Tour: Classic jeep tour to East Madeira - Santana

2. East Tour: Classic jeep tour to East Madeira - Santana

Come and join the East Adventure with me to visit Madeira's hidden treasures! This is an excellent opportunity for you to discover views you might have only seen in movies, valleys and mountains, that could not be any more perfect and our traditionally built Santana houses! And to make all this available to you, we will travel safe but super fun off roads! After our introduction we will be heading to Lombo da Quinta using the old fashioned side roads offering wonderful views to the Funchal harbour. An amazing opportunity to take some photos to remember. Then back to the Jeep, and to the Pico do Arieiro! One of the highest place of the island at 1818 meter above sea level, looking down to breath-taking valleys, forests, mountains, even Ponta do Sao Lourenco. Using off roads, we will visit our traditionally built Santana houses and have a tasty lunch. You can even try a Poncha before we make our way to Guindaste's glass platform view point! This tour will take 8 hours including pick up and drop off from and to your accommodation. Upon arrival we will have a short introduction and I will go through the plan of the day with you, to make sure it is customised to your interests as best as possible! During our tour I will take you to many different view points to the valleys and ocean and I will introduce the local flora and history! We will drive on narrow and off roads and have lots of fun! Stops during this tour are: - Lombo da Quinta (An amazing view to Funchal) - Pico do Arieiro ( 1818 m high, the second highest point of the island) - Ribeiro Frio (Trout Reserve) - Santana ( We will get here using an adventurous off road) We normally stop here for lunch. This can be arranged on the day. - Guindaste ( You will get to a glass platform above the ocean after a relaxing 10 minutes walk) - Poto da Cruz (North Mills Distillery, built in 1927) Join the adventure!

Northeast Madeira 4X4 Tour from Funchal

3. Northeast Madeira 4X4 Tour from Funchal

Head out from Funchal on a full-day tour of Madeira’s north-east. Leaving the town behind, stop in São Vicente, and take in amazing 360-degree views. Marvel at the contrast of colors from the vineyards. Enjoy a drive along serpentine roads and through forests. Discover the unique scenery of the area from an open-top 4X4 vehicle. Before lunch, visit a water mill and see the traditional thatched houses of Santana. Stop to enjoy lunch in idyllic surroundings, and later visit a sugar cane and rum factory, where you can taste the local rum. Finish your tour in Caniçal, where you’ll have spectacular views of Ponta São Lourenço – the eastern part of the island.

North Madeira & Wine Tour 4x4 Jipe Tour

4. North Madeira & Wine Tour 4x4 Jipe Tour

We leave from Funchal to the village of Santa Cruz for a short stop. Then, we start the trip to Porto da Cruz, where we visit the Sugarcane Mill where there is the possibility to taste the famous and typical regional drink “Poncha”, made with sugarcane brandy. We continue until we reach Santana, along dirt roads and winding through the green of the Laurissilva that will take us to the parish of Ilha and S. Jorge where we can appreciate the natural beauty, passing by the viewpoint of Boca das Voltas with a magnificent view. From here we head towards Arco de S. Jorge, already by the sea, for lunch. After this break, we continue along the north coast, passing through Boaventura, Ponta Delgada and São Vicente, where we will stop at Quinta do Barbusano, to visit the property and taste the wines produced there. In the wine tasting you can taste red, white and rosé wines. In the late afternoon we return to Funchal.

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What people are saying about North Mills Distillery

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 141 reviews

Great trip and experience overall covering all main locations towards the West. Big Thanks to Diogo Pinto, our guide, who accommodated few weather challenges along the way and offered alternatives. (It was foggy at Cabo Girao - December. We tried again at the end of the trip). The kinda trip I will do again when i go back during Summer.

The trip was amazing! Sergio was an amazing driver and guide tour, treated all of us just like his family. Very insightful trip with so many stories of Madeira! Obrigado Sergio, I will come again to visit Madeira!

Wanda was amazing. She gave us exactly the amount of information we needed with exactly the amount of alone time. We learned so much fro her and saw some amazing places we would have never found on our own.

La ruta es maravillosa. La parte este de Madeira es verdaderamente espectacular y Lucy y Toby han sido unos guías espectaculares. Muy recomendable.

Our guide was a great entertainer who made us feel comfortable. We totally recommend this trip! 10 out of 10!