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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, see across to the Nuns Valley. Isolated from the rest of the island, the Nuns Valley 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 tourist stops, and visit the church where the tomb of the Emperor Charles I of Austria can be found.  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.

Madeira: Flag Ship Tour of Santa Maria de Colombo

2. Madeira: Flag Ship Tour of Santa Maria de Colombo

Have a unique experience and climb aboard a convincing replica of Christopher Columbus’s original vessel the Santa Maria, built right here on lush Madeira Island. Enjoy a time-travelling journey back to the 15th century, and walk along the southern coast of the island before reaching Cabo Girão. There, stop for a refreshing swim in the azure waters off the coast. Keep your eyes open for possible sightings of dolphins and whales peeking above the blue waves as you walk along the Atlantic coastline.

From Funchal: Full-Day Madeira Wine Tour with Lunch

3. From Funchal: Full-Day Madeira Wine Tour with Lunch

Depart Funchal and travel to the vineyards of Câmara de Lobos, Madeira's main wine region. Meet a local producer to learn how fortified wine is made. Continue along the north coast to San Vicente and marvel at the natural beauty of the landscape. Stop at a local house to enjoy a typical meal of local ingredients with wine pairings. Get spectacular views of the north coast, vineyards, and unique laurel forests before visiting a modern winery in Porto Moniz. Try a white wine acclaimed for its acidity and tropical aroma. Sample a selection of rosés and reds before making your way back towards the south coast and Funchal. Enjoy one last stop at a winery along the way to taste some very special wines from Madeira. Receive lots of information about the different wine growing regions and wines throughout the day.

Madeira: Food, Wine & Culture Walking Tour

4. Madeira: Food, Wine & Culture Walking Tour

On this exceptional cultural and gustatory experience, you will be taken to off the beaten track to sample amazing traditional food from Madeira while sipping a glass of Madeira wine or a cup of Portuguese tea.  The tour starts in the charming historic center with a qualified tour guide who has many years of experience. Your guide will explain the historical and cultural details of the city as well as the traditions behind each dish, which will surely enrich the tour. This 4-hour tour includes 7 stops with a visit to the market. From an artisanal chocolate tasting to the famous local custard tarts, the choices of delicious treats will be enough to satisfy anyone’s cravings.

Funchal: Food and Wine Walking Tour

5. Funchal: Food and Wine Walking Tour

Discover the exciting history of Funchal as you sample its flavors on a 3-hour guided walk. Hear about the city’s past, admire its architecture and of course try some famous Madeira wines. Taste traditional foods from restaurants and the local market. Enjoy 9 stops in all, with 11 food and 6 drink tastings. The following venues are stops on this tour: • O Calhau • Uau Cacau: a 100 percent Madeiran chocolate factory, that’s all about elegant chocolates and traditional flavors that are simply Irresistible • Blandy's Wine Lodge: the wines from this producer are appreciated all over the world, and their older wines enjoy the highest reputation among top professionals • Fabrica de Santo Antonio: a factory that produces the best-known Madeira cookies and sweets from traditional recipes • Cristalina Chique: this typical bar is popular among the locals, who enjoy eating the black scabbard fillet sandwiches or fresh tuna, at any time of the day • Mercados dos Lavradores: the farmers market in Funchal offers up colorful flowers, seasonal exotic fruits and a wide variety of fish • A Mercadora: this typical Madeiran grocery store sells various spices as well as beans, potatoes and much more – try the famous sugar cane spirit poncho • Venda da Donna Maria: sample tasty regional and home cooking at this old town restaurant that offers a menu of typical Madeiran cuisine • Chocolate e Menta: a tea house where you end off your morning filled with delicacies. From here you’ll return to the departure point.

From Funchal: Madeira Skywalk, Valleys, & Wine Tasting

6. From Funchal: Madeira Skywalk, Valleys, & Wine Tasting

Explore the diverse landscapes of Madeira on a half-day open roof 4x4 tour from Funchal. Following a pick-up from your hotel (available from accommodations in Funchal Central Area and Funchal Port), drive to Boca dos Namorados approximately 305 meters (1,000 feet) above sea level. Situated in the Sitio da Corrida, it’s one of the most important landmarks of the Jardim da Serra. Admire Nun’s Valley and Downtown Funchal from afar. Continue to the viewpoint of Boca da Corrida in the parish of Jardim da Serra, the upper part of Câmara de Lobos. Get a magnificent view over the Nun’s Valley and the central massif of Eira do Serrado, the start point for the Caminho Real Encumeada. Continue to Jardim da Serra for a coffee break, and taste some authentic poncha (an alcoholic drink made from distilled sugar cane juice, mixed with honey, lemon rind and fruits). Sample some other local drinks before going to the last panoramic viewpoint at Cabo Girão, situated on the highest promontory in Europe. At an elevation of 580 meters (1,900 feet), it offers a spectacular view over the ocean and municipalities of Câmara de Lobos and Funchal, and is famous for its suspended glass skywalk. Finish the tour in a traditional fishing village, Câmara de Lobos, where you'll visit the top producer of fortified Madeira wine and have the chance to taste the product.

Madeira: Nature & Wine 4x4 Tour from Funchal or Caniço

7. Madeira: Nature & Wine 4x4 Tour from Funchal or Caniço

From Funchal, head to Serra d'Agua, a valley at the center of the island. Afterward, take a nice off-road drive with fantastic views over Porto Moniz, Ribeira da Janela, Paul da Serra, and São Vicente. Then, have a fabulous experience with a very important wine producer in Madeira, enjoying a guided tour through the vineyards, followed by wine tasting. Enjoy a professional explanation about traditions, wine culture, and wine production given by an oenologist. Finally, move on to Cabo Girão, the highest cliff in Europe and second in the world at 589 meters, known for its suspended glass floor balcony that offers a spectacular panoramic view over the Atlantic, Câmara de Lobos, and Funchal.

Top Sunset at Pico do Arieiro with Food and Drinks Included

8. Top Sunset at Pico do Arieiro with Food and Drinks Included

Our tour : We pick you up directly in your hotel or accomodation around 5 pm (6h30 pm on summer) and we go directly to Pico do Arieiro at 1818 metres of altitude where we can enjoy the Sun setting in the most beautiful settings with shades of orange, pink and red skies from above the clouds. Before the sunset you can walk around Pico do Arieiro for a while to find the ideal spot for the sunset or even to explore the peaks before it gets dark, go to some viewpoints on the area and then when you're thirsty, hungry or both, you will have a spectacular Cheese Tray and some of the best local wine ready for you to enjoy. We can always accomodate different preferences if informed beforehand, we want you to have the best experience. After the sunset, you can dance and hear some of your favorite music white stargazing as we have a portable bluetooth stereo linked to Spotify which will allow you to choose your favorite songs, so in other terms...you're the DJ!. After that we head back to your hotel after a lovely evening gazing the stars and having some quality food and wine/beer Our Cocktail : we have a Cheese Tray with 5 different types of cheese plus prosciutto, salami, dry fruits(pistachio, walnuts, peanuts) and seasonal fruits. Traditional bread sliced, crackers, toast. Tempura Shrimps, Meat Croquettes, Codfish cakes. We have vegan/vegetarian options if informed beforehand Drinks (alcoholic) : Red Wine, White Wine, Rosé Wine, Green Wine, Beer Drinks (non alcoholic) : Beer (no alcohol version), Coca Cola, Orange Juice, Passion Fruit Soda. We can have different options if asked beforehand.

From Funchal: Sea Cliffs and Wine Tasting 4WD Tour

9. From Funchal: Sea Cliffs and Wine Tasting 4WD Tour

Depart Funchal by open 4WD vehicle and journey to one of the island's most impressive views. Go to Cabo Girão on the southern coast, where a glass-floored viewing platform was installed in October 2012 and the Cabo Girão Skywalk is the highest in Europe. Marvel at hues of intense depth and clarity, enhanced by the constant light of a warm and inviting sun. Travel along the island's steep and serpentine roads and enter an exotic part of Madeira known only to a few. Benefit from the services of a local guide as you get uninterrupted views from your open-top 4x4 vehicle and visit Câmara de Lobos, where Sir Winston Churchill was inspired to paint the landscape. We will stop at a local bar, where you can try some local/traditional drinks and the famous, "poncha."

Madeira: Private Half-Day Wine Tasting Tour

10. Madeira: Private Half-Day Wine Tasting Tour

Start with pickup from your hotel on Madeira, or the port of Funchal, and visit the Henriques & Henriques winery. Take a guided tour of the facility and learn about the history and production of their fine Madeira wines. Learn about the different types of grapes grown, and various flavor profiles. Taste different wines to round off your visit. After the winery tour, travel to the Rancho Viewpoint and see the amazing scenery of Câmara de Lobos, the Atlantic ocean, and the cliff of Cabo Girão. Finally, be returned to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Funchal

Great trip . Highly recommend and good value for money . Went direct to the Toboggan ride from pick up so meant we missed some of the long queues that can build up . Only waited about 30mins max. Nuns Valley sights and viewpoints were outstanding

This was up there with one of the best tours I’ve done. Gill was fun and the ‘shortcuts’ were awesome. The tour of the winery was really good, the host was lovely and really interesting. Wine was superb. Would highly recommend this tour.

It was excellent from start to finish. The tour guide was amazing and the trip itself was fabulous. Would recommend to anyone, well worth the money and we visited some amazing places with fabulous views.

Lucy was a great tour guide, full of chat and amazing facts. We both thoroughly enjoyed our tour and felt very welcomed to the lovely Madeira :)

The sunset is really beautiful! An absolute highlight! The driver was very nice, the snacks were really lovingly prepared and very tasty.