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From Funchal: Sunday Market and Santo da Serra Half-Day Tour

1. From Funchal: Sunday Market and Santo da Serra Half-Day Tour

Experience everyday life on the island of Madeira with a visit to the Sunday markets of Santo da Serra. Marvel at the surprising assortment of food and other goods available to purchase at very cheap prices. Then, stroll among the blooming camellias are other plants in the Santo da Serra Gardens. Encounter the local animals, such as deer, horses and goats. End in the village of Santa Cruz, and enjoy a light promenade walk by the sea before the return journey to Funchal. End in the village of Camacha, Madeira's willow craft industry center before the return journey to Funchal.

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Funchal: Christmas Lights Sightseeing Night Tour

2. Funchal: Christmas Lights Sightseeing Night Tour

On this night tour, after pickup at your hotel or accomodation in Funchal, you head dowtown to the main avenue near the sea. Passing through the old town, city hall, main cathedral, city court, farmers market, municipal garden, central square, and the hotel area, you can enjoy the beautiful way the streets and buildings are decorated for the holiday season. After the tour it is possible to drop you off back at your hotel or in the city center. This tour takes about 1h30 and in some spots it is possible to stop to take pictures. This tour will take place in a VW Beetle cabriolet with the top down or in a VW bus/kombi.

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Desertas Islands Full-Day Catamaran Trip from Funchal

3. Desertas Islands Full-Day Catamaran Trip from Funchal

On this full-day catamaran trip to the Desertas Islands you’ll sail along the south coast of Madeira Island. On arrival you’ll disembark in clear waters onto a beach of volcanic origin, where you’ll have a chance to enjoy a swim. Covering an area of 12,586 hectares the Natural Reserve of the Desertas Islands comprises all islands and islets (Ilhéu Chão, Deserta Grande, Bugio, and adjacent islets) and all of the surrounding marine area. It has been designated a nature reserve for over 25 years, and is now internationally known for its monk seal conservation efforts. Today this protected area can be visited by sea. Deserta Grande is the only island where visitors can disembark, and you’ll enjoy a guided walk to the conservation center to learn about the monk seal protection efforts and also about endemic flora and fauna.

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Madeira: Private 4-Hour Scenic Tour by Sidecar

4. Madeira: Private 4-Hour Scenic Tour by Sidecar

Buckle up and get ready to tour the picturesque Island of Madeira from the comfort of a motorcycle sidecar. On this 4-hour ride you’ll cruise past Atlantic scenery and hilltop greenery for an unforgettable trip to popular tourist sites and along undiscovered lanes. Feel free to request a particular route if you like, and make stops to take photos of the sparkling Atlantic Ocean and neighboring islands. Learn more about the fascinating history of Madeira from your driver, who will be able to communicate with you during the trip via a wireless device in your helmet. This tour is a real thrill if you have a penchant for speed, offering an exciting opportunity to both see the sights and enjoy the wind in your hair.

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Classic Car Revival Tour

5. Classic Car Revival Tour

This classic car revival tour starts at your prefered pickup point. If it starts at your hotel in the hotel area of the city, you will be able to pass the Funchal’s Casino, then the President's House - Quinta Vigia. You will then be close by the Parque de Santa Catarina, which is a huge garden in the heart of Funchal. Then you will be able to pass through the main Avenue, close to the sea, to get to the Municipal Market where you can taste some of the best local and exotic fruits. After visiting the market you will go through the Old Town and the Barreirinha Viewpoint. You will also see the City Hall, the Court, the Saint Evangelist Church, Sé Cathedral, the Municipal Garden, and the Baltazar Teatre. This tour is highly customizable and so you can stop wherever you like.

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Madeira Island: 3-Hour Old Road Tour by Sidecar

6. Madeira Island: 3-Hour Old Road Tour by Sidecar

Buckle up and get ready to tour the picturesque Island of Madeira from the comfort of a motorcycle sidecar. Cruise past sky-blue waters and hilltop greenery for an unforgettable trip through both major tourist sites and undiscovered winding lanes. Feel free to request a certain route or make stops to snap a scenic shot of the sparkling Atlantic Ocean and the neighboring islands. Discover more about the fascinating history of Madeira from your chauffer who will be able to communicate with you during the trip via a wireless device in your helmets. A real thrill for those with a penchant for speed, this unique sidecar tour offers visitors an exciting opportunity to see the sights and enjoy the wind in their hair.

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What people are saying about Funchal

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 49 reviews

We throughly enjoyed our night tour of the Christmas lights around Funchal and got to see places that we would have never walked to, and our driver pointed out places of interest, the car a VW beetle open top was great such a fantastic experience,could recommend to any one wanting to do a night tour of the lights.

Great way to see the Christmas lights, especially if you are limited in how far you can walk. Lovely gentle drive through the city in an open top VW. Great driver and very professional. Well worth doing.

Great way to see all the lights our driver also pointed out places of interest on the drive around thoroughly enjoyed it

Fantastic tour to see the wonderful Xmas lights in a terrific vintage beetle. Would thoroughly recommend.

Fab experience in an open top Beetle - tout guide was brilliant and it was very reasonably priced