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From Funchal: Madeira Island Private Jeep 4x4 Tour

1. 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: Private 1.5-Kilometer Levada dos Balcões Hike PR11

2. Madeira: Private 1.5-Kilometer Levada dos Balcões Hike PR11

Once having been collected from your Madeira accommodation, drive through the mountains before arriving to Ribeiro Frio. Following a short but grandeur walk through the beautiful Laurisilva Forest, arrive to the fabulous Balcões’ belvedere. From this belvedere it’s possible to contemplate the many peaks of Madeira Island, from which Pico Ruivo and Pico do Areeiro stand the highest. Pico do Gato, Pico das Torres, and the well-known Penhad’Águia also constitute part of this breathtaking scenery. This area is also ideal for bird watching, due to the fact that it is home to a huge variety of different species. These birgs include the firecrest, the chaffinch, grey wagtails, blackbirds, robins, buzzards, and the very rare Madeira's long-toed pigeon.

Madeira: Private Guided Alecrim Levada Hike PR6.2

3. Madeira: Private Guided Alecrim Levada Hike PR6.2

Once having been collected from your Madeira accommodation, your day out in nature will begin. At the beginning of the descent to the house of Rabaçal, you will discover the entrance to this magnificent journey. It is a short walk of 6 kilometers, which is accessible to anyone. Throughout the hike you can enjoy fantastic views over the Rabaçal. As you hike towards the beginning of the levada, you can enjoy the vast vegetation composed mainly by the Urze and the Uveira da Serra, as well as several species of local fauna of which various birds and cows are the highlights. Enjoy the walk to the beautiful lakes and waterfalls that emerge along the way, where the wonderful Lagoa Dona Beja stands out. Complete with a waterfall that feeds the Lagoa do Vento, you will be able to take pictures of the lagoon before making your way back to the hike's start point. At the conclusion of your hike, you will be returned back to your accommodation.

Madeira: Private Vereda do Larano Hike

4. Madeira: Private Vereda do Larano Hike

Begin your tour with a pickup from your accommodation on Madeira. Start the trail in Porto da Cruz, through a path which the local people used to travel between these two locations Enjoy magnificent views over the North East Coast of Madeira until you reach the viewpoint of Boca do Risco, which offers a breathtaking sight of the northern coast of the island. Enjoy the surroundings and scenic beauty of this location. Along the trail, admire the beautiful scenery and landscapes of the region. Upon arrival at Porto da Cruz, enjoy some time to relax and explore this charming village. Then, be dropped off at your hotel.

Madeira: Private Guided Vereda das Funduras Walk PR5

5. Madeira: Private Guided Vereda das Funduras Walk PR5

Experience Madeira's natural beauty on this walking tour. You will be picked up from your accommodation in Madeira and transferred to Vereda das Funduras where you will meet your professional guide and begin the hike. The trail starts at the viewpoint of Portela, where you can admire the beauty of the villages of Porto da Cruz and Faial, near "Eagle Rock," Penha de Águia. The tour follows the tree-lined road of Serra das Funduras until it enters into the beautiful Laurisilva forest. Whilst strolling through the forest, hikers can admire the extraordinary beauty of the flora and fauna of Madeira Island. The greenery of the trees, the singing of native birds and the whole fairytale environment make this hike truly magical. Further ahead you will find the “Casa das Funduras,” a beautiful house that supports the forestry activities of the area. Nearby you will find the descent to the Maroços, where the walker passes through the traditional terraces (“poios”) that make up this great agricultural landscape.

Madeira: Levada Calheta to Prazeres Private Walking Tour

6. Madeira: Levada Calheta to Prazeres Private Walking Tour

Stroll across the paths of Levada Calheta and Prazeres and discover a variety of plant species. Take in amazing views of the surrounding landscape along the way. Begin in Calheta with a stroll along Regional Road 211 and towards Prazeres village, following a vibrant path. Discover several species of flora, such as acacias, eucalyptus, pine, and wildflowers. Stop to look around and let yourself be dazzled by the beautiful landscapes that arise along the way. Explore a little more of the natural beauty of this region, including the human presence that gives it life. Find various dirt roads that cross the route of the Levada and continue your way following the channel of water until you arrive at the Levadeiro house. Take a moment to pause and enjoy the beautiful nature as your tour comes to a close.

Madeira: Levada Prazeres Private Guided Tour

7. Madeira: Levada Prazeres Private Guided Tour

Get to know the natural landscapes of Madeira on this guided hike through the forest. See wildlife and diverse flora, while learning about the zone from your expert guide. This pleasant walk starts in Prazeres, and travels to the south of the Island to the area of Raposeira. You will be picked up from your accommodation in Madeira by your driver and professional guide and taken to the beginning of the guided tour. Through the Levada, you can see some rich wilderness and wildlife and learn about it all from your expert guide You can enjoy views of the valleys, the eucalyptus and pine trees and learn about the Levadas, which were carved into the cliff to help carry water down to the farms and plantations. You will also pass some traditional houses and their residents at work farming.

Madeira: Caminho Real da Encumeada Private Walk

8. Madeira: Caminho Real da Encumeada Private Walk

This walk is approximately 11.7 km with a duration of 4-5 hours. The highest altitude is 1322 m., the lowest, 830 m. Along the way the views of Curral das Freitas (Nun’s Valley), located in the center of the island, as well as the village of Encumeada, emerge and deserve your contemplation. Walk among endemic species of the flora and fauna of Madeira Island, such as the laurel, Vinhático, Til, Firecrest, Chanffinch, Kestrel, and many others. Gorgeous lagoons and waterfalls abound, and birds beckon you chirpily as you take advantage of wildlife photo opps for posterity.

Madeira: Private Guided Castelejo Levada Walk

9. Madeira: Private Guided Castelejo Levada Walk

Spend the day immersed in nature admiring the rock structures, picturesque villages, and hidden lakes of Madeira Island. The day starts with pickup from your accommodation on Madeira Island. Admire the imposing Rock of Penha dÁguia and the picturesque buildings in the nearby villages. You can also enjoy the small plots and agricultural crops, carefully crafted by area residents. Hike through trails surrounded by abundant vegetation native to this zone such as Holly (Ilex canariensis), Barbusano (Appolonias barbujana), and Laurel (Laurus azorica) among many others. At the end of this walk you will find a beautiful place with small lakes that are formed by the pure and crystalline water brought in by the river. Enjoy the surroundings and take time to relax for a while. After restoring your energy, return to Refertas along the same trail.

Madeira: Private Vereda Penha d'Águia Walk

10. Madeira: Private Vereda Penha d'Águia Walk

More than just a walk, this tour includes a real challenge: climbing to the top of Penha d'Águia, one of the most important rocks in Madeira. The slippery and steep slope adds to the difficulty of the route, requiring extra attention from hikers.  After the steep climb, reach the top of the rock. Take some time to relax and explore the several viewpoints on offer, from which you can enjoy wonderful views over Porto da Cruz and Faial. The descent is as steep as the ascent, and is also quite slippery. Upon returning to the base of the rock, located in the area of Faial, look up and enjoy the wonderful feeling of having reached the top of the imposing and symbolic Penha d´Águia.

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Nice tour along a short, narrow, somewhat muddy levadas in the Betgwald. But unfortunately you have to return exactly the same way because it ends in a dead end-but at the waterfall. There is a deduction because we booked in German and got English, but with an email the day before. It worked anyway, he was very nice and in the end we went to the restaurant at our request.

Pleasant tour, not difficult. A good tour to get to know the levadas. The guide was very nice and told us a lot of interesting things about the levadas, but also about Madeira in general.

Very good activity. He makes us see very beautiful things and goes through places that are difficult to access. Super friendly guide.

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