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From Funchal: Nuns Valley, Monte and Sleigh Ride Tour

1. From Funchal: Nuns Valley, Monte and Sleigh Ride Tour

Depart Funchal and journey to the Pico dos Barcelos to experience one of Madeira's unique viewpoints. Get a breathtaking view of all points of the island, before making your way up to Eira do Serrado. Admire the surrounding chestnut trees and eucalyptus plants of the natural wonderland. The ancient footpaths are still used by locals and tourists, and the narrow road and tunnels can still be seen. From an altitude of 1,094 meters above sea level, you will be able to see across to the Nuns Valley (weather permitting). Isolated from the rest of the island, the Nuns Valley (Curral das Freiras) is surrounded by lava rock and takes its name from the nuns that once inhabited the valley as they fled from pirate attacks during the 16th century. Try some traditional chestnut cake and pastries only found in the region, along with different traditional liquors. Then, go to Monte, one of Madeira´s old touristic stops, and visit the church where the tomb of the Emperor Charles I of Austria can be found. The last of the Habsburg rulers of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, he died in exile on April 1, 1922. Add a little adventure to the day and enjoy an unforgettable 2-kilometer toboggan ride down the old road of Livramento, where the bus will pick you up at the bottom.

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From Funchal: Madeira West Tour

2. From Funchal: Madeira West Tour

The tour begins with a pickup from your accommodation in Funchal and heads to the first stop of the day, the small fishing village of Câmara De Lobos. Located in a small creak, with a beach and a harbor, the village is surrounded by quintessential houses that pile up around the bay. From here, continue up the world’s second-largest sea cliff and admire the beautiful views of Camara de Lobos and Funchal. The next stop is Ribeira Brava, named after the wild stream that runs through it. Visit the village’s history-rich church that was built in the 16th century and learn about its Flemish influences and baptism fountain. Head towards Ponta Do Sol next, one of the sunniest spots on the island and home to a pretty little village nestled in the steep folds of the valley overhung with dense banana plants. Paul de Serra is the next stop of the day and weather permitting there’s an opportunity to walk along Madeiras biggest and highest plateau to marvel at the panoramic views over the valleys. Afterward, zigzag through the narrow village roads and head towards the fishing village of Porto Moniz. Walk along the promenade which stretches from the natural pools to the pier, and find a local seafood restaurant to dine at for lunch. There’s also time to visit the aquarium, housed by the fort of Sao Jaoa Batista, or swim in the volcanic pools. Onto the Sao Vicente on the north coast, to admire this charming little town with its picturesque streets, and immaculately white houses. Visit the 17th-century church here and a park with a selection of coastal plants native to Madeira. Towards the end of the tour travel through the forest to the Encumeada Pass, one of the most beautiful mountain spots of the region, where you can marvel at the view of the north and south coast from the top.

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Funchal: Rising Sun

3. Funchal: Rising Sun

The wild natural beauty will simply blow you away. This tour starts off with a pick-up from your hotel in Funchal and the first stop will be in Garajau. Here you will witness a magnificent view, and the Statue of Christ-King at Garajau, raised to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Spend time thinking over the religious importance reflected in a large statue.  Explore the trails and old roads of Santa Cruz, the immensity of handmade terraces. Enjoy the ride in an open top 4x4 wheel vehicle, giving you the best sights during the drive. See how the wild environment compares to the local lifestyle. Get local insights from your guide. Learn about the lifestyle supported by a unique city. This is a four hour guided tour, you will be returned to your pick-up point when the tour is finished.

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What people are saying about Funchal

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 133 reviews

Carlos our guide was lovely and drove carefully on the very curly roads!!. Scenery brilliant. Toboggan ride great fun. Wish we didn't have masks on for the photos!!!

Very knowledgeable and friendly driver Tony, went out of his way to be helpful. Many thanks to him.

Informative guide, just the right length for the tour, guide was excellent driver

Fantastic ride and professional guys it was very enjoyable and great views.

Excellent informative guide Thoroughly enjoyed the experience