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Madeira: Nuns Valley Half-Day Tour

1. Madeira: Nuns Valley Half-Day Tour

Explore the stunning landscapes of the Curral da Freiras (Nuns Valley) on a scenic half-day tour from Funchal. Journey to the center of Madeira to find dramatic, cloud-topped mountains and verdant valleys. Board the minibus in the center of Lido, and make your way to Eira do Serrado for one of the most beautiful views in Madeira. Continue down to Curral da Freiras, traveling past forest bushes and the quaint houses typical of the Madeiran countryside. Once in Nuns Valley, see a small village nestling between almost perpendicular mountains. How the huge cauldron in which the Nuns Valley formed is open to debate. Some people say it was the result of erosion, while older theories maintain it was a result of volcanic activity. What is beyond dispute is that the village is very isolated. The locals mainly live off what they cultivate, including the delicious chestnuts that are the centerpiece of the annual Chestnut Festival. Return to Funchal, stopping at the fishing village of Câmara de Lobos, where Winston Churchill painted his beautiful landscapes. Try some of the legendary Poncha drink before you leave.

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From Funchal: Sunday Market and Santo da Serra Half-Day Tour

2. From Funchal: Sunday Market and Santo da Serra Half-Day Tour

Experience everyday life on the island of Madeira with a visit to the Sunday markets of Santo da Serra. Marvel at the surprising assortment of food and other goods available to purchase at very cheap prices. Then, stroll among the blooming camellias are other plants in the Santo da Serra Gardens. Encounter the local animals, such as deer, horses and goats. End in the village of Santa Cruz, and enjoy a light promenade walk by the sea before the return journey to Funchal. End in the village of Camacha, Madeira's willow craft industry center before the return journey to Funchal.

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Arieiro Peak and Nun´s Valley: Open Roof 4x4 Half-Day Tour

3. Arieiro Peak and Nun´s Valley: Open Roof 4x4 Half-Day Tour

This 4-hour jeep safari tour begins in Funchal and takes you to Pico dos Barcelos, a viewpoint that’s your first stop. Enjoy the magnificent views over all of Funchal. Next you’ll be taken to Eira do Serrado, where you’ll stop for a coffee break. The dramatic surrounding landscape will dazzle you with the beauty of the mountains and views down into the Valley of the Nuns. The drive will take you along a new road that connects Eira do Serrado to Pico do Areeiro, where you’ll enjoy the stunning scenery of high mountains with the south coast as a backdrop. At Pico do Areeiro you’ll make another stop, with views of Paul da Serra, the north coast, south coast and Ponta de São Lourenço.

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Madeira East or West Private Half-Day Tour by Open-Top Jeep

4. Madeira East or West Private Half-Day Tour by Open-Top Jeep

Get back to nature on a private half-day tour of Madeira and discover the stunning landscapes of the east or west side of the island by 4WD jeep..  Head to the majestic Pico do Arieiro for magnificent views at an altitude of 1,818 meters on the east island tour. Visit the Valley of the Nuns (Curral das Freiras), along with the sleepy village of Santo da Serra and its exotic woodlands. Tour west Madeira and visit Cabo Girão for a stunning view from the glass floor balcony of the highest sea cliff in Europe. Go to the Boca dos Namorados viewpoint and explore the Valley of the Nuns ( (Curral das Freiras), along with the traditional fishing village of Câmara de Lobos.

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Madeira: Private Guided Half-Day Tour of Northwest Madeira

5. Madeira: Private Guided Half-Day Tour of Northwest Madeira

Start the day with a convenient pickup from your accommodation or the cruise port of Funchal and depart with your private guide to the first stop of tour at São Vicente, where you'll see a beautiful sight over the valley. Continue along the north coast as you go to Chão da Ribeira, another beautiful spot where you can appreciate more of the valley within the Laurisilva of Madeira, the largest surviving area of laurel forest on the island. Advancing toward the north end of the region, you’ll reach the viewpoint of Ribeira da Janela where you can appreciate the contrast betweens the mountains with the sea. Finally, visit Achadas da Cruz, a place that marks the transition between the north coast and the south of the island. If you wish, you can ride the cable car and visit one of the most beautiful and quiet places on the island constructed from landslides and lava flows.

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Madeira: Private Half-Day Guided Gardens and Flowers Tour

6. Madeira: Private Half-Day Guided Gardens and Flowers Tour

Join a half-day tour dedicated to flowers, one of the island's greatest treasures. Madeira offers a vast repertoire of gardens, that's why one of the island’s nicknames is the “Floating Garden of the Atlantic.” On a guided tour by a local, go to the Palheiro Gardens, a beautiful private garden that was owned by the Blandy family. After a healing walk in Palheiro Gardens, marvel at a fabulous panoramic view over the city of Funchal.  

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What people are saying about Funchal

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 229 reviews

We booked a second tour with True Spirit as we enjoyed the first so much. This was a half day tour with Diogo who was also friendly, informative and fun. We were lucky to have great weather the whole morning, getting to see incredible views along our journey and at the main sights. The off roading was fantastic and with great views and lots of nature and wildlife to be seen. Love how ethical this company is too, with Diogo picking up any rubbish he saw on the way

Really enjoyed the tour. Went to one of the mountains and had fantastic views then had an off road journey that was very fun. Next was a drink in an authentic cafe and finally more fantastic views of the island. Our guide was excellent and highly recommended. He made the experience really special.

Wonderful scenery. Lovely to wander around the village too. The visit to the beautiful village of Camero Dr Lobos was the cherry on the cake

Great tour with spectacular views and a friendly driver. Highly recommended!

A good little half day tour with a lot packed in. Worth the effort.