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From Funchal: West Bays Sailing Tour with Lunch

1. From Funchal: West Bays Sailing Tour with Lunch

Discover the most breathtaking views of the island as seen from the ocean. Sail along the coast of some of the major bays surrounding Madeira and take in the gorgeous scenery while looking for all kinds of native sea species. Start your scenic cruise at the Marina do Funchal, where you will board a spacious sailing yacht. Head out to sea searching for dolphins, whales, and sea turtles up to 3 miles from the coast. If you're lucky, you'll see lots of native wildlife in their natural environment.  Continue your trip across crystal clear waters toward the shores of Ponta do Sol Bay. Admire the beautiful scenery as you float along the coast, passing the stunning Ribeira Brava Bay, Calhau da Lapa, Fajã dos Padres, Cabo Girão and Câmara de Lobos Bay. Relax and enjoy the cool water as you make a tour stop for some swimming and a delicious lunch. If you're feeling adventurous, borrow a snorkel and visor and dive deep into the ocean to discover the underwater magical world.

Western Madeira: Full-Day Jeep Safari Tour

2. Western Madeira: Full-Day Jeep Safari Tour

This jeep safari tour will start in Funchal City and then you will visit several unique places in Lugar de Baixo, Lombo do Mouro, Bica da Cana, Paul da Serra, Santa, Porto Moniz, Seixal, Serra d´água, and Funchal. Explore the fascinating landscapes along the rugged North coast of Madeira. Appreciate the crystal clear air and mysterious wilderness as you head into the indigenous Laurissilva forest at Santa, before descending in to the impressive villages along the outstanding Northern coast. For example, go to Seixal to see its many different waterfalls. Next up, travel to Porto Moniz, known for its natural saltwater pools composed of volcanic rocks, which are some of the most beautiful natural swimming pools in the world. Finally, go to the stunning Serra de Àgua valley to see the South Coast, Encumeada, Ribeira Brava, and Campanário. On Mondays you can explore the west and north of Madeira Island.

Madeira: 1-Way or Round-Trip Shared Airport Transfer

3. Madeira: 1-Way or Round-Trip Shared Airport Transfer

Enjoy a safe and comfortable transfer from the Madeira airport to your hotel on this 45-minute service. Book in advance and arrive in Madeira with no worries about finding transportation. This shared transfer is available for hotels located in Central Funchal, Machico, Santa Cruz, Câmara de Lobos, and Caniço village. Up to 8 passengers can be accommodated in the mini-bus. When you arrive, look in the exit area for the driver, who will be carrying an envelope for each of the passengers for the service. Inside the envelope is general information about Madeira and other services provided by the operator. If you are booking a round-trip transfer, you must confirm the pick-up time at your hotel.

From Funchal: West Madeira Island Guided Trip & Laurisilva

4. From Funchal: West Madeira Island Guided Trip & Laurisilva

. Câmara de Lobos - The tour starts with a 20 to 30 minute stop at this beautiful fishing village, where you can see the fishing boats of scabbard fish and drink the famous Poncha. . Cabo Girão - The tour continues to this amazing viewpoint over a seacliff with a suspended glass platform where you can admire the panoramic views of Câmara de lobos and Funchal. .Ribeira Brava - The tour makes a small stop at this charming Village. Here you can visit the 15th Century Church and enjoy a small walk at the promenade by the sea. .Fanal - Leaving Ribeira Brava, the tour continues passing through Ponta do Sol, towards Fanal to a little walk in the Laurissilva Forest. . Ribeira da Janela - This stop is a superp viewpoint that shows you 60% of the magnificent north cost. . Porto Moniz - After, the tour goes to the biggest stop. At Porto Moniz the stop is between 1 hour and a half to two hours that you can enjoy your lunch break and a swim at the natural volcanic pools. . Seixal - Stoping at the harbor of Seixal for you to enjoy the view of the dramatic cliffs crushing the water and the opportunity to have a walk in one of the most black sand beaches of the Island. . Bride's Veil - To end this splendid tour is a viewpoint with a waterfall that resembles a bride's veil.

Self-Guided Levada 25 Fontes & Risco in Rabaçal

5. Self-Guided Levada 25 Fontes & Risco in Rabaçal

CHEAPEST & BEST WAY with Do It Madeira! WE PROVIDE SELF GUIDED HIKES FOR HIKERS! Are you interested in the Levada 25 Fontes & Risco (PR6) in Rabaçal? This is a service for you! The 25 Fontes Levada is one of the most popular in Madeira Island. It's name lives up to the number of fountains or little waterfalls that’s possible to count once you arrive there. Starting in Rabaçal and going to the 25 Fontes, the path reveals many landscapes and wonderful sensations. Along the way it’s possible to admire a wide variety of endemic species of the flora and fauna of the region. The Co-Host Filipe will pick you up and drop you off in you accommodation, giving you essential hike information, along some other tips of the Island. - Distance: 10 km (both ways) - Duration: 4:30 hours - Max./Min. Altitude: 1286m/976m Availability: 08.00 AM - 3.00 PM Please contact WhatsApp: +351964449421 VERY IMPORTANT: The weather conditions are very unpredictable in this part of the island, so your reservation could be cancelled or postponed. RNAVT nº 9947

From Funchal: Cabo Girão & Poncha Tasting by Classic VW

6. From Funchal: Cabo Girão & Poncha Tasting by Classic VW

Experience the natural beauty of Madeira by classic VW and drive along the regional roads towards Ribeira Brava. Stop in the city center of Câmara de Lobos and get stunning views from the Pico da Torre viewpoint. Drive to the towering sea cliff of Cabo Girão to experience the highest promontory in Europe and get a stunning view over Funchal and Câmara de Lobos from the glass skywalk. Continue to Ribeira Brava and stop at another viewpoint along the way. Navigate your way through the center of Ribeira Brava and visit the parish of Serra de Água to enjoy authentic ponchas (a traditional alcoholic drink from Madeira) or other regional drink at a typical bar.

Madeira 4x4 Sunset Tour with Barbecue

7. Madeira 4x4 Sunset Tour with Barbecue

Benefit from hotel or guest house pick-up in Funchal (pick-up and drop off outside Funchal is available for an additional fee). Then, travel to the mountains of Madeira and see the Ribeira Brava valley from an altitude of approximately 1,400 meters. Journey through the countryside using old roads and tracks used for forestry and farming. Discover some of Madeira's traditional villages, such as Campanário, Lugar da Serra, Trompica, São Paulo and Ribeira Brava. Marvel at views of the mountains and valleys from an open-top 4x4. Watch the colors of the sunset before a barbecue dinner at a local restaurant. Here, you will feast from a menu (bread, main course and dessert, 1 drink and coffee included) of typical dishes such as espetada - large chunks of beef rubbed in garlic and salt and grilled over an open fire, then served with local fried corn. Sample bolo do caco, the circular bread shaped like a cake that is cooked on a "caco" (a flat basalt stone slab) and served with garlic butter. 

From Funchal: Full-Day Skywalk & Madeira Wine Tasting Tour

8. From Funchal: Full-Day Skywalk & Madeira Wine Tasting Tour

Depart from Funchal and head to Serra d’Água in Ribeira Brava, with beautiful views surrounded by dense vegetation and tall mountains. Reach the Encumeada viewpoint at 1007 meters above sea level to enjoy magnificent views over the valleys, north and south coast of the island. Continuing through a nice off-road route with spectacular views over São Vicente, Paúl da Serra, and Porto Moniz, and arrive at the most important and iconic vineyards in the north of the island, located in São Vicente. In this wonderful and interesting property, take a guided tour with the owners to learn the ins and outs of wine production process and wine culture. After the tour, delight yourself in a wine tasting experience. After lunch, continue towards Cabo Girão, the highest cliff in Europe and second highest in the world measuring at 589 meters. It is notable for its renovated viewpoint with a suspended glass floor. Finish at Câmara de Lobos, visiting the best Madeira wine lodge to taste the famous 3, 10, and 15-year-old Madeira wines.

From Funchal: Skywalk & Rabacal 25 Fountains Levada Walk

9. From Funchal: Skywalk & Rabacal 25 Fountains Levada Walk

Depart Funchal and journey west to the Paul da Serra viewpoint in Calheta. Upon arrival, embark on a hike of the famous Levada das 25 Fontes e Risco walk and encounter the amazing waterfalls that give the nature trail its name. Then, go to Pico da Urze for lunch in a typical restaurant at your own expense. Continue off-road to the village of Ponta do Sol to see the stunning south coast of Madeira. Get bird's eye views from the coastal town of Ribeira Brava. Make your way to the highest cliff in Europe at Cabo Girão for stunning vistas 580 meters above sea level.

Hiking in Madeira: Pico Grande

10. Hiking in Madeira: Pico Grande

Hike up through Pico Grande’s central mountain chain and enjoy breathtaking views of the island’s dramatic volcanic landscapes. Start your hike at Boca da Corrida and set out with your professional, certified mountain guide to cover 9.5km and 600m of vertical gain. At 1654m, Pico Grande is not the highest mountain of Madeira, but it stands at the center of the islands on a ridge that links Madeira’s central mountain range and the high plateau of Paúl da Serra. Pico Grande remains one of the best lookout mountains, offering panoramic views of the Valley of Serra de Agua, Curral das Freiras, and Ribeira Brava Basin. You’ll also get to experience some of Madeira’s high-altitude endemic flora and fauna. At the end of your hike, you'll return to Boca da Corrida for your return trip.

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What people are saying about Ribeira Brava

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 274 reviews

My fiancé and I thoroughly enjoyed our tour on Tuesday 7th June which enabled us to soak in many of the natural wonders of Madeira in the space of a day. We originally were due to do the Rabacal 25 Fountains Levada Walk but due to safety problems on the hike, this was then changed to the Porto Moniz Pools and Skywalk Tour. However, having hiked Pico Ruivo and the Verada da Encumeada the previous day, a swim in the Porto Moniz pools was the perfect remedy for the sore limbs and sun-kissed skin picked up from our hike. Our designated guide and driver, Diogo, was incredibly knowledgeable in his description of the history, geography and culture of Madeira. It was clear in his stories how proud and passionate he is of his home and we were lucky beneficiaries of his knowledge as well as his personal recommendations for the best places to eat/drink/visit on the island.

This tour was a great option for us since we wanted to do the hike at our own pace. You have plenty of time to complete both 25 fontes and the risco hike. Philipe is an amazing guide who gives much information about the hike itself but also tells you a lot about the island on the way. When we finished the hike he offered to take a longer route so we could see the coastline and a waterfall that falls on the road. It was a great experience. Would definitely recommend!

This tour was way better than we ever imagined. Our tour guide Gill was fantastic; friendly, knowledgeable and a brilliant driver (which was definitely needed on some of his 'shortcut' roads!). Highly recommend this tour for anyone that loves wine and wants to see a lot of what the island has to offer.

The guy that took us to Lavada explained the trail and after it took us to few other places gave some advices on what to do, eat and drink. Would definitely recomend them

It was worth it just because of the Landrover. But the guide was in a good mood and the views were fantastic! We have never eaten lunch on Madeira so well and cheaply.