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Madeira Jeep & 4WD tours

Our most recommended Madeira Jeep & 4WD tours

Madeira: Skywalk, Porto Moniz Volcanic Pools, and Fanal Tour

1. Madeira: Skywalk, Porto Moniz Volcanic Pools, and Fanal Tour

Sail towards the northern coast of Portugal to explore the natural volcanic pools in Seixal, lava pools in Porto Moniz, Cabo Girão, Paul da Serra, and other sights. Swim in the tranquil waters of the pools before exploring the famous Fanal Laurisilva forest. You will depart from Funchal and head towards San Vicente along the north coast. Visit one of the most famous viewpoints, where you can look out to Porto Santo Island in clear weather. You will also be able to see the waterfall resembling a bride's veil, named Veu da Noiva. Next, stop at the natural volcanic pools in Seixal, where you can swim in crystal waters. Also visit Porto Moniz's lava pools and Paul da Serra, the biggest plateau on the island at nearly 1500 meters high. This beautiful place provides stunning views and is an ideal spot for lunch. Visit Fanal, one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal filled with centenary trees. As the last stop, go to Cabo Girão, the highest sea cliff in Europe and the second highest in the world. Try out the suspended glass floor viewpoint. Finally, return to your accommodation. 

Madeira: Full-Day Jeep Tour and Levada Walk

2. Madeira: Full-Day Jeep Tour and Levada Walk

Get picked up from your accommodation or the cruise port and embark on a true adventure around the enchanted island of Madeira. Hop in a well-maintained Land Rover or jeep and head into the Laurisilva Forest in the center of Madeira. Explore a forest known to be the largest surviving laurel forest in the world with over 90% believed to be primary forest. Then walk in the shoes of a Madeiran farmer as you hike along the levadas that criss-cross the fields of sugar cane and other different crops. Learn about how these unique irrigation channels were developed to suit the island's topography and climate. See how levadas like Ribeiro Frio and Referta serve a dual purpose as scenic byways for those looking to explore the beautiful natural landscapes of Madeira on foot.  Make stops throughout the day at viewpoints and villages, including Funchal, Pico Arieiro, Achada Cedro Gordo, Santana and Ponta de São Lourenço. Get dropped off back at your accommodation or the cruise port at the end of the tour.

Madeira: Half-Day Pico Arieiro Jeep Tour

3. Madeira: Half-Day Pico Arieiro Jeep Tour

This Jeep tour will show you Madeira’s third-highest peak, which sits at 1,818 meters. You'll also discover Santo da Serra, renowned for its famous farms and cider drink which you will have the opportunity to taste. You can also take the opportunity to enjoy a short levada walk in the mountain, which will last about 20 to 30 minutes. Once having concluded your walk, you'll proceed onward to the Portela viewpoint. You'll stop by the Portela viewpoint, overlooking Porto da Cruz in the north of the Island, where you will go off-road in the middle of the Laurissilva Forest to the town of Machico. Machico was the first place found when they discovered Madeira Island, and once you are done discovering its features, you will return to your hotel.

From Funchal: Full-Day Jeep Safari Tour

4. From Funchal: Full-Day Jeep Safari Tour

Explore the island of Funchal on a guided jeep day tour. Admire stunning views of the islands from the Santa viewpoint and go for a swim in a natural pool at Porto Moniz. Be amazed by natural waterfalls and imposing sea cliffs. Begin your adventure with pickup from your doorstep in Funchal by your driver and guide. Engage in a brief meeting about your safari before taking off toward Ponta do Sol. Stop in Rochão for a coffee and bathroom break. Cross the Paul da Serra plateau and capture pictures from the Santa viewpoint which overlooks the magnificent scenery of Porto Moniz. Drive to Porto Moniz and have time for a swim in the natural pools. Head to Seixal, Veu da Noiva, and S. Vicente to admire waterfalls in lush areas. Following this, you will move onward to experience Cabo Girão, a breathtaking 580-meter-tall sea cliff. At the conclusion of your tour, return to your hotel in Funchal.

Madeira Island: Guided Mountain Bike Tour

5. Madeira Island: Guided Mountain Bike Tour

Start out your mountain bike ride with a quick briefing by your guide before heading down the mountains toward the sea. You’ll have plenty of opportunities along the tour to stop and take in the incredible Madeiran landscapes. Admire the wide range of flora and fauna that is found only in the Macaronesia area, of which Madeira is a part. Madeira’s laurel forest is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On the cycling tour you’ll head deep into the laurel forest. There are many options for your ride. If you’re an a experienced rider, your guide could take you on technical single-tracks, and if you’d rather just enjoy the scenery and the ride, you’ll follow an easier route.

Madeira: Nature & Wine 4x4 Tour from Funchal or Caniço

6. Madeira: Nature & Wine 4x4 Tour from Funchal or Caniço

From Funchal, head to Serra d'Agua, a valley at the center of the island. Afterward, take a nice off-road drive with fantastic views over Porto Moniz, Ribeira da Janela, Paul da Serra, and São Vicente. Then, have a fabulous experience with a very important wine producer in Madeira, enjoying a guided tour through the vineyards, followed by wine tasting. Enjoy a professional explanation about traditions, wine culture, and wine production given by an oenologist. Finally, move on to Cabo Girão, the highest cliff in Europe and second in the world at 589 meters, known for its suspended glass floor balcony that offers a spectacular panoramic view over the Atlantic, Câmara de Lobos, and Funchal.

From Funchal: Madeira Skywalk, Valleys, & Wine Tasting

7. From Funchal: Madeira Skywalk, Valleys, & Wine Tasting

Explore the diverse landscapes of Madeira on a half-day open roof 4x4 tour from Funchal. Following a pick-up from your hotel (available from accommodations in Funchal Central Area and Funchal Port), drive to Boca dos Namorados approximately 305 meters (1,000 feet) above sea level. Situated in the Sitio da Corrida, it’s one of the most important landmarks of the Jardim da Serra. Admire Nun’s Valley and Downtown Funchal from afar. Continue to the viewpoint of Boca da Corrida in the parish of Jardim da Serra, the upper part of Câmara de Lobos. Get a magnificent view over the Nun’s Valley and the central massif of Eira do Serrado, the start point for the Caminho Real Encumeada. Continue to Jardim da Serra for a coffee break, and taste some authentic poncha (an alcoholic drink made from distilled sugar cane juice, mixed with honey, lemon rind and fruits). Sample some other local drinks before going to the last panoramic viewpoint at Cabo Girão, situated on the highest promontory in Europe. At an elevation of 580 meters (1,900 feet), it offers a spectacular view over the ocean and municipalities of Câmara de Lobos and Funchal, and is famous for its suspended glass skywalk. Finish the tour in a traditional fishing village, Câmara de Lobos, where you'll visit the top producer of fortified Madeira wine and have the chance to taste the product.

From Funchal: Rabacal Levada Hike & Jeep Safari

8. From Funchal: Rabacal Levada Hike & Jeep Safari

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.

From Funchal: Enchanted Terraces and Porto do Moniz 4WD Tour

9. From Funchal: Enchanted Terraces and Porto do Moniz 4WD Tour

Depart from Funchal and travel by 4WD vehicle towards Madeira's northwest coast, passing a stunning green landscape to locations such as Serra de Água. Journey along forgotten and enchanted old roads and get a glimpse into the island's everyday life. Go to Encumeada, where one of the island's famous walking trails leads to Madeira's highest peak. Pass through the laurel forests of Chão dos Louros and marvel at the mountains and valleys from Ginjas and Paul da Serra. Continue to Fanal in the middle of the Laurissilva Forest and then proceed to Porto do Moniz, famous for its natural swimming pools. If weather permits, enjoy the warmth of the sea or continue to Seixal known for its black sand beach. Stop for lunch (optional and not included) in Seixal, before continuing to the coastal town of São Vicente. Make your way back to Funchal at the end of the tour.

Funchal: Full-Day 4x4 Eastern Tour

10. Funchal: Full-Day 4x4 Eastern Tour

On this tour, see the best views of the eastern side of Madeira, a unique experience passing by the non-touristic villages. Start with a visit to Machico, where Portuguese captains landed for the first time. Move on to Portela for an experience with the amazing countryside of Madeira, overlooking Eagle Rock (Penha D'Aguia), known as the human face. Enjoy the view over the rocks and the coast. Afterwards, continue to the sugar cane and rum factory in Porta da Cruz. Taste the local rums and learn about the local production of rum. Travel down the serpentine roads to the village of Santana to visit the traditional thatched houses, and enjoy a delicious lunch during your stay in Santana. In the afternoon, visit the 3rd highest peak of Madeira. At 1818 meters you will have a 360° view over the surroundings, passing by Ribeiro Frio Village.

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based on 1,170 reviews

This was a great tour and our guide Diogo was great fun. We go picked up and dropped off at the hotel which was perfect. The tour is max 8 people and our tour was booked for 8 but 2 didn't show up. Travel is by safari jeep and to be honest I was happy it was only the 6 as it would have been uncomfortable if full. There is a stop at a "rain jungle" cafe and your food is ordered in advance. We all seemed to be charged the same no matter what we got and the food was not great. It was packed with other tours and was very cramped. But all in all it was really a great day and we saw lots of interesting and beautiful things. Diogo is very skilled driver and if you do this tour you will understand why this is very important. Bring your bathing suit if you fancy a swim. I didn't know this was an option but I was also happy to sit in the sun. Thanks Diogo for giving us all a great day out.

I fully enjoyed every minute of this tour and got to see so much in a small group of 5. We had a nice lunch (not included in the price but organised by the guide - no obligation). My guide was so welcoming and I loved her energy. I only wished I’d read the description better&taken layers for Fanal but we only had a quick stop there anyway. Maybe not the best weather for sea swimming; the sea was very rough and not so warm but I enjoyed it all the same. We swam in the pools at Seixal (had the option at Porto Moniz but I needed lunch!) and it was very slippery and treacherous getting in and out of the water but once in, it was lovely. Very glad I booked this tour.

Super happy to have taken this tour! Got to see so much beauty of the island, very diverse and with the most beautiful views. The jeep is definitely an added value as you can access the dirt roads in the forests. And it is great to hit the road with only a small group of people. Thanks a lot to the best guide Ruben for sharing and caring so much! I learned tons about the island and I can't wait to come back to experience more!

A great tour with Diogo P.. Bathing at 18 degrees was a challenge but doable. Not too much going on in January either. The off-road tour was a lot of fun and the food in the restaurant was delicious. The pick-up and the return trip worked out great, we had booked an apartment instead of a hotel. We learned a lot about Madeira and had a super nice day. Thank you for all the impressions

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