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Madeira: Full-Day Skywalk & Porto Moniz Volcanic Pools

1. Madeira: Full-Day Skywalk & Porto Moniz Volcanic Pools

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 Seicxal, 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. 

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Funchal: Half–Day Easy Canyoning Experience

2. Funchal: Half–Day Easy Canyoning Experience

Get set for a sporty challenge and an insight in the beauty of rural Madeira. Discover the scenery of a beautiful valley. After a short walk through a rural area, reach a steep path through a characteristic tree heath to the beginning of the canyon. Come across 4 different rappels varying in altitude up to 17 meters, 2 small slides and 2 small jumps. Marvel at the trees in this canyon, covered with mystic tree beard and encounter fennel, which gave the capital of Funchal its name. At the end of the canyon, walk for fifteen minutes through ancient terraces, back to the starting point.

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Ribeiro Frio: Beginners 3-Hour Canyoning Experience

3. Ribeiro Frio: Beginners 3-Hour Canyoning Experience

Your 3-hour canyoning experience takes place on a mountainous watercourse. To overcome the obstacles of nature, you’ll have to swim, jump, and rappel down small waterfalls. All you need to bring is a towel, swimsuit, sports shoes (that you don't mind getting wet) and a change of clothing. All other equipment items, including a safety harness and wetsuit, are provided. Armed with a sense of adventure, you’ll hike through the lush landscape of Madeira and along rocky paths to reach the rappel site. Once safely harnessed, you’ll abseil down the waterfalls. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never done this before, as the guides are extremely safety conscious and professionally trained. You’re sure to end up with a newfound interest in this exhilarating sport and perhaps a desire to take it to the next level.

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Madeira: Half-Day Coasteering Tour

4. Madeira: Half-Day Coasteering Tour

"Coasteering" is a sports activity that allows one to progress along the coast, whether along a beach or a cliff. Along the way you can make use of swimming, diving, snorkeling, climbing, traveling through caves or tunnels, and jumping into the water. Madeira has excellent conditions for this sport due to its lava and rocks shores, allowing visitors to swim in the crystal clear warm water. The waters form pristine views, with the mountain flowing almost into the sea. These activities take place in the southeast coast of Madeira, specifically in Baia d’Abra (Caniçal), a natural park of breathtaking beauty. The jumps, which are all optional, are between 1 and 10 meters high. Coasteering can be done by families, groups, or individuals of all ages, providing they can swim. Throughout the whole route, participants will be led by the guides and instructors who will assist everyone in terms of safety techniques and all procedures.

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From Funchal: North Coast Day Trip

5. From Funchal: North Coast Day Trip

Depart Funchal and head for the north coast of Madeira to get unprecedented views of the ocean and island from different perspectives. Follow the eastern coast to Porto da Cruz, and then drive through Faial before stopping in the unique village of Cabanas de São Jorge. Marvel at the views of the sea and surrounding mountains, and see vineyards that show off some of Madeira’s most spectacular scenery. Continue to the picturesque village of Ponta Delgada for lunch. Then, head further west along the wild coastline to arrive in São Vicente in a beautiful valley. Visit the best underground volcanic feature on the island at the São Vicente Caves. Then, return through stunning valleys and ravines carved into the island over millions of years. Pass the beautiful zone of Ribeira Brava before heading back to your hotel with lasting memories.

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

6. 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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What people are saying about Funchal

True Spirit gets pole position as best tour company after a week of different tours during our time in Madeira. Rui was an excellent guide with in-depth knowledge of the island, a friendly demeanor and capable and safe driver, which you need to enjoy the off-road elements of the trip. There was room for 8 guests, with 4 in the back, 3 in the middle and one passenger at the front. We had a good amount of time at each sight, and there was lots information given throughout the journey. Unfortunately the sea was too rough to swim in the North, but we got to watch the amazing waves. Lunch was delicious and the off roading was really good fun. Flat sandals worked fine as footwear but bring layers as is can get colder but it's much more fun with the roof down!

The trip was amazing. Our tour guide was Ruben. Great guide, real pro. He did the tour fascinating, full of interesting fact and jokes. It was my second tour with Ruben and I definitely can say that you will have a great time if you are in his group :)

our day trip was amazing. Diogo our guide was so insightful and friendly and took time to explain points of interest around the isalnd. pick up and drop off went well and we had no issues with the trip.

Great experience with Diogo who went out of his way to restructure the trip due to a poorly passenger. His driving was exciting and fun with rollercoaster rides through the puddles.

Amazing tour! We learned so much about Madeira. Chris is the best tour guide! You will get 8 hours of adventure and fun!! Highly recommended!