Fanal Pond

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Northwest Madeira 4x4 Tour

1. Northwest Madeira 4x4 Tour

The tour will start at your hotel, cruise port, or guest house, taking you to Serra d'Água, where you will have the opportunity to learn about the island of Madeira. At the North side you will see Ginjas village. Then continue on, using the old roads and some forest roads where its only possible to go with a 4X4. Head to the top at 1500 meters at Paúl da Serra. Explore the natural beauty of this island, meet the people, and explore the cultures, traditions, and local food and drinks. Enjoy the expertise of a multilingual driver, who will take you on this full day journey to Encumeada, Ginjas, Estanquinhos, Paúl da Serra, Fanal, Ribeira da Janela, Porto Moniz, Seixal and São Vicente, with additional opportunities to see and swim in the volcanic lava pools.

From Funchal: Enchanted Terraces and Porto do Moniz Tour

2. From Funchal: Enchanted Terraces and Porto do Moniz Tour

Depart 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.

West Madeira: Full-Day 4x4 Excursion

3. West Madeira: Full-Day 4x4 Excursion

Enjoy the unique landscapes of Madeira and explore traditional villages that still retain their historic charm in this full-day adventure. The day begins with hotel pick up before the group heads out to Serra de Agua valley, named for the old water mills that run in the town. Walk through laurel forests in Encumeada and Chão dos Louros and take an easy walk up to see the Levadas, canal systems developed in the 16th century.  From here the journey continues off-road, where your driver will take you to discover amazing landscapes and hidden viewpoints. Cool off with a refreshing swim at the volcanic pools of Porto Moniz or Seixal and try a poncha (a local drink made from brandy cane sugar, honey and lemon juice), before heading back to Funchal for drop-off.

Madeira: Private Tour of Fanal Forest

4. Madeira: Private Tour of Fanal Forest

Start with pickup from your hotel and travel along a scenic route through the Fanal Forest of Madeira. Stop at various points of interest and beautiful viewpoints with your expert driver/guide. Then, stop for a walk through the ancient trees such as the notable centenary Tis Trees (Ocotea foetens). Learn about the fascinating natural history of the area. Discover the Laurissilva Forest, which has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since December 1999.

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Entrance to Fanal Pond is free, and you do not need a ticket or pre-booking to visit.

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What people are saying about Fanal Pond

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 90 reviews

Durado was an excellent tour guide. We learned so much about the environment and plant life during our trip. He has a hilarious sense of humor with it! I appreciate him giving us the real deal. You can tell how much he loves his country and is knowledgeable about his history. Thank you for the amazing trip. Taking us off the off beaten paths and being authentic and honest.

I loved the tour! Our guide was super generous with his time and we really got to stay as long as we wanted in each stop. Only bad thing is that the backseats face in which makes driving manual over the hills of Madeira feel like a roller coaster. But as long as you don’t a bit of a rough ride I highly recommend

This was such a fantastic trip! It was a great way to experience the island and its beautiful landscape. Bruno, our guide, was friendly, knowledgeable and gave plenty of time at each stop for exploring. Would highly recommend!!!

We had a great day exploring some of the most beautiful spots on the island with Lino. He was a great driver and excellent guide. Be prepared for an adventure full of surprises!

Excellent value for money Lino, our guide, was fun, helpful and informative.