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From Funchal: Santana and Pico do Areeiro East Island Tour

From Funchal: Santana and Pico do Areeiro East Island Tour

From US$ 34.40 per person

Join on a multi-stop tour to the east side of Madeira. Visit the island’s third-highest peak, see Santana’s characteristic colorful houses, and enjoy time in nature in the Laurissilva forest.

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Duration 8 hours
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Experience

Highlights
  • Immerse your senses in the lush greenery of the laurel forest in Ribeiro Frio
  • Discover Madeira’s vibrant culture, traditions, and scenic land and sea views
  • Take photos from the third highest peak of the Island named Pico do Areeiro
  • Stop in Santana for an optional lunch and to see the locals’ colorful houses
  • Get to know Camacha, one of the most rural and rustic villages in Madeira
Full description

Explore the wonders of Madeira on this guided minibus trip from Funchal to the east side of the island. Visit Camacha, Pico do Areeiro, Ribeiro Frio, Faial, Machico, and more. Enjoy a long stop in the village of Santana to see local life and have time for lunch.

Enjoy a great start to the tour by visiting Camacha, one of the most rural and rustic villages in Madeira where folklore is still hugely in practice. Camacha makes Madeira world-renowned for its industry of wicker and cane.

The next stop is Pico do Areeiro, the third highest peak on the island with an altitude of 1818 m, where you can take in unbeatable 360-degree island views. Often, rocky formations can be seen to be piercing through the clouds creating one-of-a-kind visuals and photo opportunities.

Next, move on to Ribeiro Frio (meaning cold river). Ribeiro Frio is a small village situated in the heart of the Laurissilva forest. It is the largest surviving area of laurel forest in the world and is believed to be 90% primary forest.

In this classified UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site, you can enjoy a variety of plants and species in their natural habitat. Get the chance to also observe a trout farm made up (as naturally as possible) of stone enclosures and fresh flowing levada water, set against a backdrop of pure nature.

The tour continues to Faial, where you can view the imposing rock of Penha de Águia, which separates Faial from Porto da Cruz.

With a lengthy stop at the village of Santana next, you will have ample time for lunch and to see Madeira’s world-famous typical thatched roved triangular houses, painted in happy primary colors.

Pass by Portela en route to Ponta São Lourenço, which is situated in the most eastern part of the island. Take in the unique landscape characterized by the fantastic combination of rocks, sea, and nature.

Your final stop is the larger city of Machico, the first area of the Island that the Portuguese navigators came across. Later, return round-trip to your pickup location in Funchal. 

Includes
  • Tour with guide
  • Pickup and drop-off
  • Minibus transportation
  • Lunch
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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  • Face mask or protective covering

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  • Oversize luggage

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  • Starting and ending times of the tour are subject to slight variations
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Very nice trip. Skilled driver and good with breaks. However, the driver seemed somewhat mechanical in his way of telling, almost mesmerizing, and it was difficult to understand and at times hear from the back seat.

May 7, 2022

Interesting and very nice trip. I recommend.

April 4, 2022

Great tour and great guide Denis.

March 16, 2022

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