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Funchal: Porto Moniz, Fanal Forest and Cabo Girao Jeep Tour

Funchal: Porto Moniz, Fanal Forest and Cabo Girao Jeep Tour

Embarking from Funchal city to the enchanting landscapes of São Vicente on Madeira’s North Coast. Our first stop takes us to São Vicente's waterfall, a delicate cascade that resembles a bride's veil. Continuing our adventure, we travel across the coastal town of Seixal, a hidden treasure with a black volcanic sand beach voted 3erd Best Beach in Europe. Our path then leads us to the secret place of Poças das Lesmas, where time stands still among ancient lava rock formations that emerge against the Atlantic Ocean. Our journey proceeds to Porto Moniz, where natural volcanic pools are waiting for us to immerse yourself in the beauty of this unique place. Our adventure takes a thrilling turn as we head to Fanal, navigating off-road trails into the peaceful and magical Laurissilva Forest that reveals itself in front of you; a living testament of over 20 million years of natural evolution. Continuing our journey we go through Paúl da Serra, the largest plateau on the island (1400 mts above sea level) with incredible views over the Atlantic Ocean and above the clouds. Then Cabo Girão awaits, standing proudly as one of the highest sea cliffs in the world at 580 metres. The Skywalk viewpoint promises a breathtaking panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean, Câmara de Lobos and the city of Funchal.

Madeira: Western Madeira Guided Trip & Fanal Mystic Forest

Madeira: Western Madeira Guided Trip & Fanal Mystic Forest

Discover the most amazing places of Madeira, starting with a visit to the beautiful fishing village of Câmara de Lobos. See the colorful fishing boats of scabbard fish and taste the famous Poncha drink.   Continues to the stunning Cabo Girão Skywalk – a suspended glass platform – and admire breathtaking views of Câmara de Lobos and Funchal (tickets not included). Next comes Ribeira Brava, a charming village, and Fanal, where you can admire the centenary trees of the Laurissilva Forest.   Enjoy the magnificent views of the north coast at Ribeira da Janela. The tour then continues to the biggest stop: Porto Moniz where you can enjoy a lunch break and explore the natural volcanic pools.  After this, the tour will take you to see the harbor of Seixal and its dramatic cliffs from above, and finally, you will end this wonderful tour at a beautiful viewpoint with a waterfall.

Funchal: Enchanted Terraces, Porto do Moniz & Fanal 4WD Tour

Funchal: Enchanted Terraces, Porto do Moniz & Fanal 4WD Tour

Explore the untouched beauty of the northwest immersing yourself in the heritage of old roads and uncharted paths aboard an open-top 4x4 jeep tour from Funchal. Enjoy the most breathtaking vistas of Madeira with visits to the Fanal Forest, Porto Moniz, and Seixal. As you traverse this captivating region, immerse yourself in the verdant paradise of the Laurissilva Fanal Forest, where towering trees and diverse flora create an otherworldly ambiance. The immersive walk through this natural wonderland is an unparalleled opportunity to connect with the island's rich biodiversity. Next, visit the volcanic pools of Porto Moniz and Seixal, where you can take a refreshing swimming break in these unique, geologically formed aquatic marvels. Admire the contrast between the rugged volcanic cliffs and the serene, azure waters creating a striking backdrop for relaxation and rejuvenation. Discover the picturesque beauty of Seixal and São Vicente villages, each exuding its own charm and character. Witness a harmonious blend of tradition and modernity in these coastal enclaves provides a captivating glimpse into the island's culture and heritage.

Madeira: Full-Day Jeep Tour with Guide and Pickup

Madeira: Full-Day Jeep Tour with Guide and Pickup

This adventure is for ocean and mountain lovers who want to feel nature and adventure all day long. Our amazing north west coast tour is the way to complete your trip to Madeira combining with natural beauty among the best breathtaking scenarios of Europe. Who likes adventure, nature, the sea, volcanic pools, forests, off-roads tracks and to be on top of mountains? In this tour we will experience all this in one day, starting with Cabo Girão skywalk (589 meters) above the sea level with an amazing view over the sea and over fajã do Cabo Girão. This is the best place to take pictures feeling like flying over the cliff. Once we get back to our wonderful jeeps we will be heading towards our bumpy roads in Trompica where we will be driving to the top of the valley of Serra de Água. In this off-road we might have the chance to see wild animals such as buzzards, kestrels and cows. Once we finish the off-road we will head to the north coast ( São Vicente) full of vineyards, mountains and green vegetation following with sea view always by our side. On the way we will stop at Véu da Noiva, to see the waterfall and to explain more about the old roads as well, stopping for a short coffee break in the souvenir shop. Along the way we will have the pleasure to visit the beach of Seixal, a very small village with around 580 people living, and for many, the beach of Hawai. Next is a two hours stop in Porto Moniz that we will freely manage your time in between swimming on the volcanic pools and lunch. Once we are back from the pools and lunch, we will be visiting the very well known forest of Fanal. In this stop guests will have a break time contemplate and relax on the most beautiful landscape in the whole island. To finish the day we will drive down the mountains towards the sea having a sun bath on the bay of Ponta do Sol, the most sunny city in Madeira. In regards of views, we will be looking directly to the plateau around 1400 meters above the sea level, listen historical information about the old roads, contemplate the view of a beatifull beach by black sand, swiming in natural pools, eating sugar cane cookies and wine... all of this created by us to never forget your holidays in Madeira!

From Funchal: West Madeira and Laurel Forest Day Trip

From Funchal: West Madeira and Laurel Forest Day Trip

Discover the highlights of western Madeira's beautiful landscapes and charming towns on a guided day tour from Funchal. Admire the wonderful scenic views with stops at Camara de Lobos, Ribeira Brava, and the village of São Vicente. After pickup from your hotel, relax and enjoy the scenic views as you travel along the narrow roads of Estreito de Câmara de Lobos. Admire the banana plantations and sugarcane crops on the steep terraces. Next, visit Cabo Girão, the highest sea cliff in Europe and the second-highest in the world. Enjoy the sweeping views over the mountains and sea and old agricultural terraces, still cultivated today. Descend town to the town of Ribeira Brava. Explore this charming settlement and visit its historic monuments, including the local church. Continue the drive through to Paul da Serra Madeira's popular flat plateau at 1500 m above sea level. Embrace the beautiful laurel forest views through Fanal, where the oldest laurel trees and endemic vegetation grow. See the sea and the mountains, then continue to Porto Moniz Valley, well known for its natural volcanic pools. After a lunch stop, head along the north coast, where you can see numerous flowing waterfalls. Drive through the village of Seixal, well known for its black natural volcanic beach, with a stop for photos. If weather conditions permit, discover Portugual's Encumeada Pass, where the north meets the south at 1,007 meters above sea level. Relax on the return journey to Funcchal, you will be dropped back off at your hotel.

Madeira: 25 Fontes and Risco Levada Hike with Transfers

Madeira: 25 Fontes and Risco Levada Hike with Transfers

Experience a different perspective on hiking: at your own rythym. With pick up and drop at your accommodation*, enjoy a Self Guided hike and visit the one of the most famous walk in Madeira: 25 Fontes and Risco Levada. Our schedules allow you to "skip the line" and have the path almost to yourself, during the first hours. Program: The guests are picked up at their accommodation to join a shared transfer (up to 8 guests per van), in direction to the 2nd famous hike in Madeira - 25 Fontes in Rabaçal (beggining). The hosts provide hike instructions and map explanation, with schedules. You will have 5 hours to do both paths "25 Fontes" and "Risco", ending at the cafe - Casa do Rabaçal. The pick up and drop of locations are the same (parking lot). Hike Information: - Duration: 5 hours - Extension: 10 km - Starting Point: Parking Lot 25 Fontes - Ending Point: Parking Lot 25 Fontes - Max Elevation: 1300 m - Min Elevation: 1000 m Transfer Information: - Capacity: 8 people - From the city to Rabaçal: average 1.5 hour - From Rabaçal to the city: average 1.5 hour - *Pick up/Drop off limits: Funchal, central area of Camara de Lobos, Ponta do Sol (center), Ribeira Brava (center), Calheta (center) and Caniço areas only Weather conditions are very unpredictable in this part of the island. Your reservation can be canceled or postponed. The day before the hike, you will receive (via email or WhatsApp) the exact pickup time and a weather forecast, in order for you to be as prepared as you can be. The schedules presented may be altered in case of delay in traffic, bad weather conditions or even delay by the guests.

From Funchal: West Madeira Waterfalls and Fanal Forest Tour

From Funchal: West Madeira Waterfalls and Fanal Forest Tour

The tour begins with a pickup from your accommodation,heading to the first stop of the day, the small fishing village of Câmara De Lobos. Located in a small creak, with a beach and a harbor, the village is surrounded by quintessential houses that pile up around the bay. From here, continue up the world’s second-largest sea cliff and admire the beautiful views of Camara de Lobos and Funchal. The next stop is Ribeira Brava, named after the wild stream that runs through it. Visit the village’s history-rich church that was built in the 16th century and learn about its Flemish influences and baptism fountain. Head towards Ponta Do Sol next, one of the sunniest spots on the island and home to a pretty little village nestled in the steep folds of the valley overhung with dense banana plants. Climbing to the mountain plateau of Madeira, we will find the Fanal forest, Fanal Forest is a magical forest on the Island. Often, but not always, there is mysterious fog in the forest amongst the 600 year old trees with there twisted branches. As you gradually enter an extraordinary landscape surrounded by a mysterious mist that creates a special atmosphere, Once at Fanal weather permitting you will be able to do a 20 minutes walk in Laurel tree Forest (Optional) . Afterward, zigzag through the narrow village roads and head towards the fishing village of Porto Moniz. Walk along the promenade which stretches from the natural pools to the pier, and find a local seafood restaurant to dine at for lunch. There’s also time to visit the aquarium, housed by the fort of Sao Jaoa Batista, or swim in the volcanic pools. Onto the Sao Vicente on the north coast, to admire this charming little town with its picturesque streets, and immaculately white houses. Visit the 17th-century church here and a park with a selection of coastal plants native to Madeira. Towards the end of the tour travel through the forest to the Encumeada Pass, one of the most beautiful mountain spots of the region, where you can marvel at the view of the north and south coast from the top.

Madeira: Jeep 4x4 Safari Tour with Porto Moniz Natural Pools

Madeira: Jeep 4x4 Safari Tour with Porto Moniz Natural Pools

Uncover the beauty of the countryside of Madeira on a jeep tour from Funchal. Travel to locations like Cabo Girão cliff and the village of Lugar de Baixo. Take pictures of a viewpoint overlooking the valley of Encumeada. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodation in Funchal. Sit back and relax on the way to the charming red-roofed town of Câmara de Lobos. Climb up to the cliff of Cabo Girão which is 580 meters above of sea level. View the island from a glass platform.  Continue to the sea village of Lugar de Baixo. Begin an ascent from sea level into the mountains along an ancient path. See how local people live and how they work the agricultural terraces of banana trees, vineyards, and various other crops.  Pass through the forest, mountains, and valleys until you reach the Loch of the Moor. Admire the magnificent view of the valley of Encumeada and Serra de Água. Head through the scenic countryside of Bica da Cana, Paul da Serra, and Fanal. Reach the village of Ribeira da Janela to see the northwest coast of the Island. Drive back down to sea level to visit the coast and take in ocean views. Have the chance to stop and purchase lunch in Vila do Porto Moniz.  After lunch, you can purchase entrance to the natural pools in Porto Moniz which were created by the porous shape of the volcanic rocks. Go to the Village of Seixal to visit the waterfall of the Véu da Noiva. Finish your tour with a drive through São Vicente before heading back to Funchal.

Madeira: West and East Madeira Tour with Snacks and Drinks

Madeira: West and East Madeira Tour with Snacks and Drinks

Explore both sides of the island on one day. This tour will allow you to visit both areas of the west and east of the island in a non rushed tour that takes about 9 to 10 hours in order for us to have enough time to properly visit these wonderful areas Madeira has to offer. We start off with the East Side of the island by going to the original Christ Statue, which has a great view to Funchal. Afterwards we head to the tip of the island Ponta de São Lourenço and we do a stop there for about 25 minutes, where you can enjoy some great views to both the south and northeast coast of the island. After we go and visit another viewpoint in Faial, Santana with a skywalk, the viewpoint of Guindaste. We also visit the traditional straw rooftop houses in Santana, and then we make our way to the northwest coast using the scenic roads from the northeast and we stop along the way on a very interesting beach in Calhau de São Jorge where there are some interesting ruins and afterwards we have a little stop in São Vicente and then we make way for our lunch/swimming stop in Porto Moniz. After we enjoyed the natural pools we go to the Western tip of the island, the lighthouse of Ponta do Pargo. Afterwards we visit Paul do Mar, while taking some scenic roads as well and then we head off to a great waterfall in Ponta do Sol , called Cascata dos Anjos and we stop at the skywalk in Cabo Girão at 580 metres of altitude for some great views. If you wish to ask for a specific spot to visit you can request us beforehand and we can see if its possible to incorporate it in our tour

From Funchal: West Madeira Jeep 4x4 Day Tour with Pickup

From Funchal: West Madeira Jeep 4x4 Day Tour with Pickup

Embark on a full-day adventure through Madeira Island aboard a Jeep 4x4. On this tour, enjoy the convenience of pickup and the luxury of a guided tour. The stunning landscapes and natural pools promise a day of unbridled exploration. Begin your tour with pickup from your hotel or cruise dock in Funchal. Once you've met up with your guide, hop on board your Jeep 4x4 and set out on your day of adventuring. As you cruise along the roads. hear stories about the island from your guide and marvel at the scenic views. Next, learn a little about Madeira's traditions with a stop to sample local delicacies. Try a sip of poncha, a local drink that bursts with flavors and pairs perfectly with Madeira cookies. Once you've indulged in a snack, head over to the island's jaw-dropping cliffs that frame the sparkling ocean below. To spice things up, your 4x4 will go off-road, taking you to places that regular cars only dream about. Think lush forests and rocky terrains. Afterwards, scoot over to Porto Moniz's natural pools. Filled with saltwater, these pools are like nature's own jacuzzi. Take a dip, soak up the incredible views, and be sure to snap some photos. Finally, return to your hotel or cruise dock at the end of the day to conclude your tour.

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4.7
(505 reviews)

Really enjoyed this tour of the island. Our guide, Robert, was a good driver, as well as being good fun. He pointed out lots of things along the way, and we stopped at some nice viewpoints for a quick photo as well as the main itinerary places. It was great to see different parts of the island, including the coastline and mountains. And to see where some of the old roads used to go compared with the newer ones through the tunnels. We started and finished in glorious sunshine, but were in the clouds at the top. It would perhaps have been helpful in the ‘what to bring’ suggestions to include a warmer layer as it was a bit chilly and damp there. Seeing the ancient trees looming out of the mist was very cool though. There’s a lunch stop where you can get a reasonable meal and drinks. All in all a worthwhile and enjoyable day.

Tony was an exceptional guide, both knowledgeable and friendly and with a funny charm that made you feel at ease from the start. We saw some incredible views and the natural pools were a highlight of the whole holiday not just the day trip! Highly recommend as a way of seeing a lot of the sights in a day!

A wonderful day trip, got to see so much! The guide Michael was so informational and friendly. Really good price too for how much we got to see and even a wine tasting at the end!

Jorge is really one of a kind ! very professional and super friendly. we will sure come back for more ♥️

Really great trip. Carlos was a fab guide. 100% recommend