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Madeira East Island Tour and Levada Walk

1. Madeira East Island Tour and Levada Walk

This tour of the east side of Madeira island is designed to show guests how truly magical it is. Come and be awed by its spectacular beauty. To begin the day, pick-up is from the hotel at 8:00 to 9:00. The first stop will be at a viewpoint above Funchal. Continue to Camacha, famous for its beautiful wicker works, and stop to have a look around and then take a scenic drive up to Poiso where the start of the Laurissilva forest can be found. After this, make your way to the majestic views of Pico do Arieiro. Pico do Arieiro is the third highest peak on the island, standing 1818 meters. Next is what some consider to be the most beautiful spot on the island, Ribeiro Frio. Here you will visit a trout farm and do a levada walk to the Balcões. Following the walk, make your way to Santana to see its famous A-framed cottages and then continue along the northern coastal road to Faial. Stop for lunch in the northern part of the island. After lunch, carry on to the eastern part of the island, to the famous viewpoint of Pico do Facho. From here you will have incredible views of Ponta de São Lourenco, Machico and the airport. On a good day one can see the Desertas Islands as well Porto Santo, the small island adjacent to Madeira. The last stop will be a famous viewpoint above Machico. You will arrive back to Funchal by 17:00.

Funchal: 2-Hour Tuk-Tuk Tour to Monte with Toboggan Ride

2. Funchal: 2-Hour Tuk-Tuk Tour to Monte with Toboggan Ride

Feel the thrill of riding by Tuk Tuk around the stunning Monte Tropical Garden. Begin in Funchal city and head towards the mountains. Arrive in Monte Palace Madeira and enjoy a cup of coffee. Explore over 70,000 square meters of exotic plants and breathe in the beautiful ambience of the garden. Uncover one of the most exciting and wonderful places Madeira has to offer. Begin the trip in the Old Town in Funchal city, a main tourist attraction full of fun stories and curious facts. Venture to the mountains up to Monte city. Feel mesmerized by the lovely plants, and visit one of the most popular churches on the island, Monte's church. Learn of the day of Lady of Monte, the most attended feast on Madeira Island all year. Take your time at the Monte Palace Madeira, adored for its facinating and immense garden. Take photos, relax, enjoy some coffee, and prepare to get lost in the nature of the garden grounds. Visit the central lake and marvel at local swans, ducks, peacocks, and chickens. Enter the Monte Palace Madeira Museum and explore the three floors filled with sculptures, history, and a unique mineral collection. End the tour at a legendary charm of the island, the famous Monte Toboggan. Enjoy the thrilling ride down the hill, the way the locals used to.

Madeira: 6-Hour Customized Experience

3. Madeira: 6-Hour Customized Experience

On this six-hour tour you can tailor an itinerary with the help of your local guide/driver. You can choose the different areas you want to visit. The City of Funchal, the Fishing Village of Câmara de Lobos, the west sea cliffs of Cabo Girão, the unique Fajã dos Padres, the hill side village of Monte, the east coast cliffs of Garajau, the Botanical Garden, or even the breathtaking mountain views of Nuns Valley are all possible options for your tour itinerary. You can choose to visit Funchal city, learn about its history, and see some of its iconic landmarks, like the Sé Cathedral. If you'd like to go up into the mountains, Nuns Valley might be an excellent choice to visit on this tour. Another alternative is to explore the west coast, with a ride to the fishing village of Câmara de Lobos. You could also head up into the hills to the top of Cabo Girão cliff where, at its highest point,  a glass sky-walk provides you with some breathtaking views over the south east coast and beach below. Close to Cabo Girão is Fajã do Padres, a sea side area in Madeira with no road or walking access. The only two ways to get there are by cable car ride or by boat. On the way up to Cabo Girão and Fajã dos Padres you will be able to admire an ever-changing landscape along the winding roads that fallow the natural shape of the hills. On the return trip to Funchal from the west coast you might choose to stop at the natural swimming pools of Doca do Cavacas. Travel on to Garajau, set at the east end of the bay of Funchal. You will be offered a spectacular view of the Christ the Redeemer statue - older than the one in Brazil - whilst marveling at the crystal-clear waters on the beach below. You also have the option to visit the Botanical Garden. Whatever your choice of itinerary, your guide will be there to help you at every moment.

Desertas Islands Full-Day Catamaran Trip from Funchal

4. Desertas Islands Full-Day Catamaran Trip from Funchal

On this full-day catamaran trip to the Desertas Islands you’ll sail along the south coast of Madeira Island. On arrival you’ll disembark in clear waters onto a beach of volcanic origin, where you’ll have a chance to enjoy a swim. Covering an area of 12,586 hectares the Natural Reserve of the Desertas Islands comprises all islands and islets (Ilhéu Chão, Deserta Grande, Bugio, and adjacent islets) and all of the surrounding marine area. It has been designated a nature reserve for over 25 years, and is now internationally known for its monk seal conservation efforts. Today this protected area can be visited by sea. Deserta Grande is the only island where visitors can disembark, and you’ll enjoy a guided walk to the conservation center to learn about the monk seal protection efforts and also about endemic flora and fauna.

Madeira: Botanical Garden in a Tukxi Tour

5. Madeira: Botanical Garden in a Tukxi Tour

The Botanical Garden is one of the most beautiful gardens on Madeira, with marvelous views overlooking the city of Funchal. Located on the Bom Sucesso Estate, the gardens and property date from 1881 and were created by the Reid family as a private park. Today the property is open to the public, hosting many international visitors daily. The gardens cover an area of 80,000 square meters and are home to a fascinating collection of plants. The gardens and park also have an area dedicated to research and conservation. On the drive up the hill with your guide, you can enjoy magnificent views over the city. Once up in the Botanical Garden, your guide will provide you with enough time to visit the gardens, with admission tickets paid separately. In addition to all these attractions, the Botanical Garden also has a Museum of Natural History, well worth a visit for those wanting a little more scientific information about plants. On the way down from the garden you will be able to visit a variety of landmarks from different centuries in the city center, including the 15th century cathedral and the Municipal Square where the City Hall and the Jesuit Monastery are found.

Madeira: Half-Day Pico Arieiro Jeep Tour

6. Madeira: Half-Day Pico Arieiro Jeep Tour

This Jeep tour will show you Madeira’s third-highest peak, which sits at 1,818 meters. You'll also discover Santo da Serra, renowned for its famous farms and cider drink which you will have the opportunity to taste. You can also take the opportunity to enjoy a short levada walk in the mountain, which will last about 20 to 30 minutes. Once having concluded your walk, you'll proceed onward to the Portela viewpoint. You'll stop by the Portela viewpoint, overlooking Porto da Cruz in the north of the Island, where you will go off-road in the middle of the Laurissilva Forest to the town of Machico. Machico was the first place found when they discovered Madeira Island, and once you are done discovering its features, you will return to your hotel.

Madeira: Monte Sightseeing Tour & Toboggan Sled Ride

7. Madeira: Monte Sightseeing Tour & Toboggan Sled Ride

Take a tour beyond the extraordinary with the Monte Toboggans Sled. Visitors from all over the world use this transport seeking a ride full of emotions and adrenaline. Embark on an unforgettable adventure ride with splendid views over the city. Begin the tour with a walk around the parish of Monte in the hills of Funchal. Visit the Largo da Fonte, a stunning square with its beautiful gardens from where you'll see the old train station. Learn about the history of the iconic sled that was used as a traditional form of public transportation by local residents in the 19th century. Continue the walking tour to see the beautiful church of Monte where the tomb of the last Austro-Hungarian emperor is located. In the end, it's time to take a fun downhill ride with the Toboggan sled to Funchal city.

Hiking in Madeira: Pico Grande

8. Hiking in Madeira: Pico Grande

Hike up through Pico Grande’s central mountain chain and enjoy breathtaking views of the island’s dramatic volcanic landscapes. Start your hike at Boca da Corrida and set out with your professional, certified mountain guide to cover 9.5km and 600m of vertical gain. At 1654m, Pico Grande is not the highest mountain of Madeira, but it stands at the center of the islands on a ridge that links Madeira’s central mountain range and the high plateau of Paúl da Serra. Pico Grande remains one of the best lookout mountains, offering panoramic views of the Valley of Serra de Agua, Curral das Freiras, and Ribeira Brava Basin. You’ll also get to experience some of Madeira’s high-altitude endemic flora and fauna. At the end of your hike, you'll return to Boca da Corrida for your return trip.

Funchal: Madeira Botanical Garden Private Tuk-Tuk Tour

9. Funchal: Madeira Botanical Garden Private Tuk-Tuk Tour

Discover a stunning array of plants and flowers on a visit to the Madeira Botanical Gardens aboard your very own tuk-tuk. Enjoy the comfort of a private tour that offers breathtaking views of the Funchal hillsides and coastline. Benefit from a hotel pick from your guide and board your tuk-tuk for the day. Embark on a peaceful drive through the city’s hills as you make your way to the Madeira Botanical Garden. Take a 1-hour journey around the garden, which covers an area of 80,000 m², and let the pleasant fragrance of flowers delight you as you encounter the varied collection of over 2,500 species of plants. During your tour, get access to the garden’s very own natural history museum to learn more about both local and international species of flora and fauna. Once your visit is over, return to the city by tuk-tuk and get dropped back off at your accommodation or choose another drop-off location so you can further explore the city on your own.

Rabaçal: Hiking Tour

10. Rabaçal: Hiking Tour

Your tour begins with a convenient pick up service from your hotel, provided by the local partner. Your driver will take you to the starting point at the Rabaçal car park where you will meet your friendly guide. From here, set-off on your adventure by walking by the Levada do Alecrim. Following the trail, you will then visit the breathtaking Lagoa do Vento, before reaching the Casa do Rabaçal. At this stage, it will be possible to take a break and enjoy a snack. Following this visit, you will hike the Levada das 25 fontes, which will transport you to the heart of the Laurissilva forest. Throughout your experience, you'll have the opportunity to observe the endemic flora of Madeira, such as the species of the Laurissilva Forest and local fauna, which is mainly composed of bird species. The tour ends at the car park, where you will begin your journey back to your accommodation.

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What people are saying about Funchal

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 8 reviews

Carlos, was an absolutely fantastic guide, knowledgeable, friendly, great guy!!! We entirely enjoyed our day! Highly recommend to anyone who wants to spend a day exploring this beautiful island. Thank you Carlos (you are the best) and the team. Petra & Andrew

We definitely recommend!!! Andrea was the best guide we could have. Showed us plenty of interesting places in Funchal, we had fun taking a ride in a sledge downhill from Monte and also tuktuk was great. Thank you

A great way to travel around Funchal! Luis, our guide was very nice and knowledgeable about Madeira. He was also very flexible and accommodating to our plans. Lots of fun!

It was a great trip! We saw almost the most important parts of Funchal and had a great trip to Monte. Very polite driver, we had a great tour. Highly recommended!

A great and very full day. Toni was an excellent multilingual guide.