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From Funchal: Nuns Valley, Monte and Sleigh Ride Tour

1. From Funchal: Nuns Valley, Monte and Sleigh Ride Tour

Depart Funchal and journey to the Pico dos Barcelos to experience one of Madeira's unique viewpoints. Get a breathtaking view of all points of the island, before making your way up to Eira do Serrado. Admire the surrounding chestnut trees and eucalyptus plants of the natural wonderland. The ancient footpaths are still used by locals and tourists, and the narrow road and tunnels can still be seen. From an altitude of 1,094 meters above sea level, you will be able to see across to the Nuns Valley (weather permitting). Isolated from the rest of the island, the Nuns Valley (Curral das Freiras) is surrounded by lava rock and takes its name from the nuns that once inhabited the valley as they fled from pirate attacks during the 16th century. Try some traditional chestnut cake and pastries only found in the region, along with different traditional liquors. Then, go to Monte, one of Madeira´s old touristic stops, and visit the church where the tomb of the Emperor Charles I of Austria can be found. The last of the Habsburg rulers of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, he died in exile on April 1, 1922. Add a little adventure to the day and enjoy an unforgettable 2-kilometer toboggan ride down the old road of Livramento, where the bus will pick you up at the bottom.

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Funchal: Explore the City Sights on a Tuk-Tuk

2. Funchal: Explore the City Sights on a Tuk-Tuk

See Funchal's top sites on a guided tuk-tuk tour. Cruise through the Old Town and the new Lido district. View sights like Pico´s Fortress, the Fort of São Tiago, and Funchal Cathedral. Be picked up from your accommodation in Funchal and take in the scenery as you drive up to to the hilltop where Pico´s Fortress is perched. Admire this fortress which once protected the city from pirates and French corsairs. Continue to Quinta Vigia, the bright pink mansion where the island's president resides. Ride to Funchal Cathedral to appreciate its sumptuous Manueline Gothic features.  Stop at the Farmer’s Market where you can peruse the fresh local produce. Finish your tour at Barreirinha´s bar in the old town where you can choose to stop for a refreshing drink or a delicious snack.

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Funchal: Sitway Old Town Tour

3. Funchal: Sitway Old Town Tour

Embark on a fun and unique tour experience as you explore Funchal on a sitway. See more of the city’s famous locations in less time, enjoy entertaining commentary from your local guide, and learn a new skill by riding a seated segway. Meet your guide, receive your helmet, and get an instructional session on how to use the sitway. You’ll ride on the sidewalks, bike lanes, and through many of the popular streets of the city's Old Town. As the largest city of Madeira, and the sixth largest in all of Portugal, Funchal has been the capital of the island, as well as the hometown of the famous footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Classic Car Revival Tour

4. 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: Funchal Baskets Tuk-Tuk Express Tour

5. Madeira: Funchal Baskets Tuk-Tuk Express Tour

Enjoy this adventurous tour of Monte Village and Funchal with an exhilarating toboggan ride at the end. Admire beautifully decorated streets and visit the Church of Our Lady of the Mount. Starting at the Old Town, see the “painted doors” throughout the streets of Santa Maria, where numerous doors were painted by different artists giving this street a unique glow. Also, admire the picturesque details of cobblestone floors and the façades of the old houses on Rue de Santa Maria. Next, continue towards Monte and visit the Church of Our Lady of the Mount. The structure that is visible today for all its visitors was completed back in 1818 and is one of the most sought sites by churchgoers and tourists in general. After visiting Monte, dare to ride some toboggans, or more commonly known as “Carreiros do Monte." Toboggan riding was traditionally a means of transportation by locals who wanted to travel quickly from Monte´s village to Funchal. This adventurous and old-fashioned transportation appeared around the 1850s and is still in use today.

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Camara de Lobos: 1.5-Hour Tour in a Tuk Tuk

6. Camara de Lobos: 1.5-Hour Tour in a Tuk Tuk

Start your tuk-tuk adventure from the convenience of your hotel room in Funchal or cruise dock - here your driver will be to meet you. Set off in your tuk tuk with your informative driver and explore the tourist area of Funchal on your way to the village. Take a scenic drive in which modern buildings slowly turn into banana plants and a superb view over the Atlantic Ocean and the cliffs of Cabo Girão. The fishing village of Camara de Lobos is famous for its picturesque looks, with colorful fishing boats in the dry dock right in the center of the village, a small bay and steep hills crowded with small old buildings. Once in the village you will have the opportunity to explore and learn about its history, culture and try some of the local delicacies. On the way back to Funchal a stop at the volcanic polls of Doca do Cavacas will provide a final view over the ocean and cliffs of Cabo Girão before heading back to your accomodation. 

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Funchal: Private Guided Walking Tour

7. Funchal: Private Guided Walking Tour

Begin your private walking tour in the Mercado dos Lavradores. Learn how the history of Madeira and Funchal shaped the city center as you visit the most important points of interest. Visit the main farmer's market to discover regional products. Explore the city’s medieval heart dating from the Golden Age of Sugar and discover the beautiful 17th-century religious monuments. Continue through the Old Town, passing the Sea Avenue and visiting the City Door, once the main gate from the Sea to the Madeiran capital. Next, stop at the famous Funchal Cathedral, visit the interior of the Church, and marvel at its amazing roof and gold carving. Make your way along Avenue Arriaga to see the Palace of São Lourenço and the Marina of Funchal. End the tour in Catarina City Park.

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Madeira: Sao Vicente, Ponta Delga & Sao Jorge Valley Trip

8. Madeira: Sao Vicente, Ponta Delga & Sao Jorge Valley Trip

Travel on the old roads along the coast of Madeira as you make your way through Boaventura, Arco de São Jorge, and Cabanas. Visit São Vicente and Ponta Delgada. Benefit from convenient hotel transfers from Funchal or Caniço. Head to the first stop of the day, São Vicente. São Vicente is home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Laurisilva. Marvel at the stunning valleys that surround this windswept headland. Next, progress to Ponta Delgada to visit an old church. Soaked in local legacies and tales, listen to your guide share stories about the church and take in the atmosphere. Then, head further north along the old roads and admire the breathtaking views of the sea as you travel through Boaventura, Arco de São Jorge, and Cabanas. Visit an old watermill from the 1700s and the only one still operating in Madeira. Explore the São Jorge Valley with a door that opens to the sea. Finish with a great view from the top of the Ilha village to watch the whole valley of São Jorge.

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Madeira: Private Vereda Penha d'Águia Walk

9. Madeira: Private Vereda Penha d'Águia Walk

More than just a walk, this tour includes a real challenge: climbing to the top of Penha d'Águia, one of the most important rocks in Madeira. The slippery and steep slope adds to the difficulty of the route, requiring extra attention from hikers.  After the steep climb, reach the top of the rock. Take some time to relax and explore the several viewpoints on offer, from which you can enjoy wonderful views over Porto da Cruz and Faial. The descent is as steep as the ascent, and is also quite slippery. Upon returning to the base of the rock, located in the area of Faial, look up and enjoy the wonderful feeling of having reached the top of the imposing and symbolic Penha d´Águia.

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Madeira: Guided and Private Tour of Jasmine Tea House

10. Madeira: Guided and Private Tour of Jasmine Tea House

Experience a scenic drive from your accommodation to the the middle point between Curral do Romeiros and Camacha. Choose from an eclectic selection of English teas, coffees, and English cakes. Sip and savor the flavors in the serene garden of the tea house, or warmup by the fireplace inside. Take a small Levada walk to experience a cultural activity of Madeira. Set out along an old road to the top of the city of Funchal and soak in the view from Curral dos Romeiros. Visit the tallest religious statue on the island, the Lady of Peace.

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What people are saying about Funchal

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 153 reviews

Madeira is a gorgeous place, even late in the year, and we were fortunate to have a wonderful tour guide who was a local for 30 years to show us around. Riding around in a tuk tuk, up and down mountains and around rolling corners as we gazed out over a lush landscape was already a magical experience, but our guide made it truly unforgettable. Decio Andre was friendly, funny and clearly dedicated to ensuring we got the most out of our tour right from the start. We became fast friends and he constantly went above and beyond to ensure we saw all the best parts of his homeland. I highly recommend this tour, even if you have already been to Madeira, as the experience of riding around in a tuk tuk in this beatiful paradise is truly unparalleled!

Carlos our guide was lovely and drove carefully on the very curly roads!!. Scenery brilliant. Toboggan ride great fun. Wish we didn't have masks on for the photos!!!

Very knowledgeable and friendly driver Tony, went out of his way to be helpful. Many thanks to him.

Informative guide, just the right length for the tour, guide was excellent driver

Fantastic ride and professional guys it was very enjoyable and great views.