From Funchal: Best of Madeira Tour
- Pickup available
- Duration: 4 hours
per group up to 3
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A tour to experience a market mainly frequented by locals, so unlike the Mercado Dos Lavadores in Funchal where the only Madeirans you will see are the sellers, this is the real thing and prices are competitive and low. There's authentic local specialities too, Poncha, cider, stone baked bread and so much more ...... The gardens are a must visit too. So peaceful, with lovely birdsong. I could easily have spent an hour there. Santa Cruz is a lovely place too. It would have been ideal to spend an hour or more there enjoying the promenade, enjoying a snack in one of the tavernas. For me the wickerwork factory was a commercialised showcase for tourists, way too “staged” and inauthentic. I would rather have spent my time at the other venues. Maybe because over the years I've visited villages involved in creating one craft, mainly sat at their doors, which is what wickerwork used to be here ...... The tour delivered a unique experience without the need for a hirecar.
A lovely trip up into the hills stopping at small pretty villages. Plenty of time to visit the local farmers market to see how the locals shop for produce. Then onto the wicker shop where we had time for a coffee. Very enjoyable but dont rely on this trip as a shopping opportunity.
Our young guide Eleshandra was both knowledgeable and enthusiastic. She was also particular to make sure we were getting what we wanted. So much so, we’ve booked her for another trip to a different location next week.
This was a really good way to get to places my husband would have struggled walking to. Kat was kind and generous with information and with making our trip meet our personal needs and expectations
We enjoyed our trip to the botanical gardens and Monte Palace gardens. So glad we chose a private tour as our guide was very informative.