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Madeira Day Trip: Levada Walk in the Rabaçal Valley

1. Madeira Day Trip: Levada Walk in the Rabaçal Valley

Depart Funchal and journey to the start of your walk, where you will follow the routes of the "levada" irrigation system developed in the 16th century by Madeira's first settlers. Descend from the plateau of Paul da Serra to the Rabaçal guesthouse and walk to the waterfall of the Levada do Risco. Continue towards the Levada das 25 Fontes, dominated by moorland at its highest point. Walk until you reach a small lagoon at the bottom of an enormous cliff, and marvel at the sight of 25 natural springs cascading into the lake. Return along a different path, passing through a tunnel that carries water to the south of the island. Admire a wide variety of endemic flora and fauna along the way.

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From Funchal: Madeira Peaks Mountain Walk

2. From Funchal: Madeira Peaks Mountain Walk

Hike through the three highest peaks in Madeira. See rock formations that look like giant sculptures stretching towards heaven. Get breathtaking views on almost every step of your journey. Discover a profusion of unique plants and fragile flowers in their natural habitat, and be dazzled by the myriad colors in the springtime. Walk through Madeira's oldest heather forest near Pico Ruivo, and see ancient trees that were alive when Zarco landed on Madeira for the first time. Admire the peak of Pico Ruivo, famous as the highest point on the island and known for its views from coast to coast.

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Pico do Arieiro: Private 4x4 Sunrise Trip with Hot Drinks

3. Pico do Arieiro: Private 4x4 Sunrise Trip with Hot Drinks

Watch the sunrise above the clouds on this private guided 4x4 trip starting with pickup from your accommodation in Funchal or Caniço. Travel through the mountains 1,818 meters high to Pico do Arieiro, Madeira Island’s third highest peak. Hop on a Land Rover 4x4 directly from your hotel and head toward Pico do Arieiro, one of the few mountain peaks on the island accessible by car. Make a toast with a hot cup of coffee in hand and plunge back under the clouds.  Admire the mountain’s lush vegetation, including heather, moss, and the impressive purple Echium candicans, known as the pride of Madeira. Continue your adventure off-road and immerse yourself in the nature of the island before returning for drop-off at your hotel. 

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Funchal: Whale and Dolphin Watching Speed Boat Tour

4. Funchal: Whale and Dolphin Watching Speed Boat Tour

Start with a short briefing from your biologist guide, which will provide information on the various types of wildlife you will search for on the tour. Set out in a speed boat with a capacity for 12 people. Admire the beautiful coastline of the island of Madeira while searching for various marine species. With a skilled crew, embark on a search for various species of dolphin and whales which are found in the waters surrounding the island. You are guaranteed to catch sightings of cetaceans while on the tour. If any species are not found, you will be offered a second trip for free.

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Madeira: Guaranteed Whale Watching Tour

5. Madeira: Guaranteed Whale Watching Tour

Board a boat custom-made for whale watching with seats that fit a maximum of 12 passengers per trip. Learn about whales and dolphins from the crew and keep your eyes open for all kinds of wildlife, including turtles and different species of bird. Madeira Island is known by the scientific community as the area with the highest concentration of cetacean in Madeira. With 98% of tours resulting in successful sightings, you are guaranteed to see a wide variety of different animals. After more than 1 hour and 30 minutes out at sea learning about these fascinating mammals, you’ll return back to the pier, marking the end of your whale and dolphin watching experience.

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Madeira: West Tour with Porto Moniz and Volcanic Pools

6. Madeira: West Tour with Porto Moniz and Volcanic Pools

Just over three miles from the city of Funchal, the first stop is the famous, quaint fishing village of Câmara de Lobos, a favorite painting spot of the late Winston Churchill. Afterwards, travel up to the magnificent 1,902-feet high, glass balcony view point of Cabo Girão, famous for being the highest in Europe and second-highest cliff in the world. Traveling along the coast of the island, arrive shorty at the village of Ribeira Brava, where you can visit a church dating back to the 15th century. Next, make your way to the 3,303-feet high viewpoint, Encumeada, to enjoy beautiful views over both the north and south coasts of the island, as well as the valleys of Ribeira Brava and São Vicente. From an altitude of between 4,200-4,900 feet, find the tourist attraction Paúl de Serra and it's several levada walks that connect to different points of the island through the Laurissilva forest, such as Rabaçal, Risco, and the 25 fountains. Stop then for lunch (not included) and extra time at the seaside town of Porto Moniz, home to the largest volcanic natural pools of Madeira. On the descent toward the town, enjoy fantastic views, especially those of the volcanic pools in their entirety. In the good weather it is possible to take a dip, so come prepared. Next, enjoy a brief stop overlooking the black sandy beach and natural rock pools of Seixal village. Along the way, you'll have the pleasure of passing several waterfalls, most notably the famous and stunning Bride's Veil. Staring up at the water pouring down the mountain, you can see how the rock-face has been delicately sculpted by the wind and rain over millions of years to form what can only be described as the perfect art form. Following, visit the picturesque neighboring village of São Vicente, where you can check out a beautiful church dating from the 17th century before returning to Funchal.

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Funchal: Monte Tropical Garden Tuk-Tuk Tour

7. Funchal: Monte Tropical Garden Tuk-Tuk Tour

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.

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Santana & Arieiro Peak: Full Day East Tour in Open Roof 4x4

8. Santana & Arieiro Peak: Full Day East Tour in Open Roof 4x4

See views from Pico do Arieiro at 1818 meters, and enjoy amazing landscapes and great views over Ponta de São Lourenço, Paúl da Serra, Curral das Freiras and even Porto Santo island. Enjoy pickup from Funchal or Caniço and hop on board the 4x4 for a day of great views. Head to the north side of the island, pass through Ribeiro Frio, surrounded by Laurissilva Forest (classified as World Heritage by UNESCO). See the exotic species and beautiful evergreen mountains of this peaceful environment. Continue your experience with an off-road journey toward one of the most emblematic towns in the island, Santana the “Biosphere Reserve”, known by its triangular houses, which served locals for centuries as dwellings and stables. After a lunch stop (not included), visit a very traditional Rum Distillery in Porto da Cruz. Finally, stop at Pico do Facho viewpoint, to enjoy amazing views over Ponta de São Lourenço and Machico Bay.

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From Funchal or Caniço: Private Hiking Trip with a Local

9. From Funchal or Caniço: Private Hiking Trip with a Local

Discover the stunning natural landscape of Madeira on a private hiking trip with a local guide. Enjoy a customized tour to suit your preferences, whatever your physical fitness level. Whether you want to see waterfalls, forests, high mountains or sea cliffs, your local guide will suggest the perfect trip.   Start with pickup at your hotel or apartment, then listen to your guide's commentary as you drive to the start point of the hike. Walk through beautiful nature and experience the most magical places in Madeira. Finish the tour with a cold or hot drink, before being dropped off back at your hotel.

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Funchal: Arieiro Peak, Nuns Valley 4x4 Tour & Dolphin Watch

10. Funchal: Arieiro Peak, Nuns Valley 4x4 Tour & Dolphin Watch

Visit Nun's Valley and learn about its interesting history and admire the spectacular panoramic views from Pico do Arieiro, at 1,818 meters above sea level. Later you’ll head out to sea on a catamaran and be on the lookout for whales and dolphins in their natural habitat. The 7-hour tour begins in Funchal, and the first stop will be at Pico dos Barcelos, where take in sweeping views of Funchal’s bay. Afterward you’ll visit the famous Nun’s Valley, known for its historical importance and its unique location, isolated from any population center. Head to the majestic Pico do Arieiro, where you’ll take in the magnificent landscapes and stunning views over the north and south coast of the island, Ponta de São Lourenço and Paul da Serra. The last stop of the land tour is Santo da Serra, surrounded by the Laurissilva Forest (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and other exotic plant species. You’ll then be dropped off at the Funchal harbor to begin the dolphin and whale watching a segment of the tour. Board the catamaran for a relaxing trip along the south coast of Madeira. The boat trip takes 3 hours and there’s a strong possibility that you’ll spot dolphins and whales in their natural habitat. During the summer months there’s also the possibility of swimming below the Cabo Girao cliff. During the trip the crew will provide detailed information about the species that you are likely to see. This trip ends in Funchal’s Harbor.

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What people are saying about Funchal

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 19 reviews

Highly recommend Lido Tours for this walk and our excellent guide for the day. From Funchal we drove for 30 mins before stopping at a supermarket to use the toilet (the last chance) and to buy lunch if needed. Then after 15 mins drive we reached the walk. This route is busy and popular, but still beautiful. The walk begins high up where it is cooler so bring layers. Most of the walk is downhill or flat when doing it on this route. On the way to the fountains there is only 2 uphill climbs, around 60 steps up and then a further 100+ steps right before the fountains. On the way back there is just 57 steps down and then up again and the whole route back is flat as you go back through a tunnel and get picked up there instead. The guide was excellent at keeping a steady pace and giving lots of information about the nature and history with regular stops. As someone with a low fitness level it great and I never felt left behind. Be aware if not cutting through the tunnel its much harder!

Can really recommend this day. And if you are lucky enough to get the guide Sarah, it will be great, she is friendly, caring and knowledgeable.

Well organised, good introduction, friendly guide. Great walk. Booked another tour with Lido-Tours on our return.

Wonderful nature. Great hike. Best led by Sarah, who is deeply connected with nature and lets us take part in it.

The most amazing sunrise tour from the highest peak and incredible views.