Porto da Cruz Nature & adventure

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From Funchal: Full-Day Madeira Peaks Tour by Open 4x4

1. From Funchal: Full-Day Madeira Peaks Tour by Open 4x4

Begin this full-day 4x4 tour with a pick-up at your hotel in Funchal and travel deep into the southeast of Madeira. You’ll come to Machico town and the line that divides the north and south of the island. Take in breathtaking views of the Eagles Rock from Portela. Drive down, stopping in Porto da Cruz, which is the next must-see point. Visit a sugar cane factory, continue to the Faial coastline and then up to see the typical houses of Santana. These small straw-thatched triangular houses are emblematic of Madeira and intricate in their construction. Head down into the valley and through the forest to Riveiro Frio at an elevation of 1818 meters, the third-highest peak on the Island.

From Fuchal: East Tour Madeira 4x4 Jipe Tour Santana Houses

2. From Fuchal: East Tour Madeira 4x4 Jipe Tour Santana Houses

Discover more of Madeira with a 4x4 excursion to the eastern part of the island. Travel from Funchal to see sights like Pico do Areeiro peak and Ponta de São Lourenço natural reserve. See how rum is made with a visit to a sugar cane factory. Be picked up from your hotel in Funchal and drive to the Pico do Areeiro to see the views from the third highest peak on the island. Continue to the charming Ribeiro Frio village. Take a leisurely walk to Balcões viewpoint in the lush heart of the Laurissilva forest. Jump back in the jeep and drive through São Roque do Faial parish, Cruzinhas viewpoint, and the mountain village of Lombo Galego. Take the off-road trail Cova da Roda. Pass through Pico das Pedras right in the middle of the Ponta de São Lourenço reserve. Head towards Santana, where you can go get lunch. Visit the Porto da Cruz sugarcane rum factory. Finish with panoramic views of the Atlantic at the reserve.

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.

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

4. 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 1.5-Kilometer Levada dos Balcões Hike PR11

5. 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.

From Funchal: Madeira Island Private Jeep 4x4 Tour

6. 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.

From Funchal or Caniço: Eastern Madeira Full-Day Guided Tour

7. From Funchal or Caniço: Eastern Madeira Full-Day Guided Tour

One of the most versatile tours on the Island with a great mix of mountain areas, forest and farming villages. You will see some of the most iconic spots of the island such as Pico do Arieiro or Ponta de São Lourenço, showing great contrasts in our vegetation, from lush green forest to dry and sandy mountains. Main Stops on this Tour : Pico do Arieiro (30 minutes - 1818mts) Ribeiro Frio - Levada dos Balcões (Walk - 45 minutes) Porto da Cruz (30 minutes) Santana (1h20 minutes) Porto Ponta de São Lourenço (25 minutes) Machico (30 minutes)

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What people are saying about Porto da Cruz

Our driver Antonio picked us up in Canico with a little delay. There were 4 of us in the Range Rover which was perfect. From there we went to the various viewpoints. At the beginning he still had to warm up to us, but that quickly subsided and we had a lot of fun. The off-road route in particular had it all. We were shaken up a lot and almost missed the abyss. In Santana we had a 1.5 hour stay to eat and explore. We hadn't taken any food with us and looked for something in town. Then we went to a rum factory, where we could try and buy rum. From there we went to our last stop, Ponta de São Lourenco and then back to the hotel. We were out and about from 10:00 a.m. to around 4:30 p.m.

It was a very fun experience, especially during the off roads. Our guide also stopped us at a rum factory which was part of the tour, and we where given the opportunity to taste different rums. In addition, we also went high on a mountain where we could see everything below us and it was beautiful!

I enjoyed it so much! We visited few very beautiful places, which I would never get to myself. It felt like a real adventure. Highly recommend to travel around island with 4*4 and not with a microbus tours

Absolutely amazing tour. Our tour guide Spencer made them unique. Really - there is absolutely nothing to improve. Highly recommended!!

amazing! guide was fantastic! so knowledgeable and knew all the secrets