Explore the eastern parts of Madeira on a full-day tour from Funchal. Head into the mountain of the Pico do Arieiro and see emblematic thatch roof houses. Stop for lunch in the town of Santana and continue to the Penha d'Águia in Porto da Cruz.
What to Expect
Depart from the meeting point at Funchal's Lido or take advantage of a free hotel pick-up in selected areas. Travel to the beautiful village of Camacha, located a few kilometers outside Funchal. Camacha is best known as the center of Madeira's willow craft industry and for its traditional folk dance groups.
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 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. Then go to the Penha d'Águia in Porto da Cruz. Get an amazing view of the imposing rock that separates Porto da Cruz from Faial.
Head toward Ponta de São Lourenço. Marvel at a fantastic mix of rocks, sea and nature. Then end with a visit to the town of Santa Cruz. This is where Madeira's new Intercontinental Airport is located and the 2,781-meter-long runway is an iconic image for the island in the new millennium.
- Free pick-up and drop off at hotels in the Funchal area
- All taxes and fuel surcharges
Know Before You Go
• Please note that pick-up at the harbor is subject to a €4 per person fee