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

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

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Experience the dramatic landscapes and enchanted terraces of the northwest of Madeira on a scenic drive by 4WD vehicle. Swim in the volcanic lava pools of Porto do Moniz or off the black sand beach at Seixal. Walk through the Laurissilva Forest and more.

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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, French, Portuguese, German
Pickup included
Pick-up from your hotel in Funchal. Pick–up from hotels and guest houses outside of Funchal city will be charged with additional fees: €5.00 per person from the cruise dock or harbor, São Vicente, Machico, Santa Cruz, Ponta do Sol, Calheta, Ribeira Brava and Campanário €10.00 per person from Caniçal, Porto Moniz, Santo da Serra and Ponta Delgada

Experience

Highlights
  • Drive the old and enchanted roads of Madeira's northwest coast
  • Take a 20-minute walk through the Laurissilva Forest
  • Enjoy the warmth of the sea at Porto do Moniz or Seixal
Full description

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.

Includes
  • Entry tickets & places visited
    • Miradouro da Encumeada visit

    • Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools visit

  • Who you’ll be with
    • Live tour guide: Spanish, English, French, Portuguese, German

  • Transport
    • Transport by jeep / suv

    • Pickup & drop-off by jeep / suv

  • Food & drink
    • Not included: food & drink

Not suitable for
  • People with back problems

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What to bring

  • Comfortable clothes

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  • Tips are not included
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 889 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Transportation
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.8/5
  • Safety
    4.8/5

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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.

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January 7, 2023

I prefer to choose my own adventure and am not one to sign up for tourist activities... but this one I am pleased to say is totally worth it. Duarte our driver and guide was equal parts funny, surly, skilled and knowledgable. As an amateur botanist I was pleased he focused on plants and trees — he obviously loves the island and its diversity. The day takes you via motorways and tunnels, winding steeply until ascending into the interior mountains. With each mile the roads narrow and shortly after an espresso stop, the climb begins onto furrowed and rocky 4x4 roads with tight switchbacks and great views. There was just the right amount of stops to take in the flora and fauna until skilled driving delivered us to pavement at the summit. The island's diversity continues to unfold with a stop first at the ancient Laurel forest for a hike and then descending quickly to the natural lava pools for lunch and a dip. Top rolled back we all got to enjoy the day in all its variations. Green Devil!

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September 22, 2022

The activity went very well, always so magnificent to see its landscapes across the island. The massage was very rowdy and fun at the same time. For a 2nd time I was not disappointed. Only criticism, the proposal of the restaurant whose food is hearty without more and what is more the bill is paying. But that's just a minor complaint about the rest of the activity which went very well!

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September 8, 2022

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