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Funchal: Dolphin and Whale Watching by Luxury Catamaran

1. Funchal: Dolphin and Whale Watching by Luxury Catamaran

Make your way to Funchal Marina at least 20 minutes before your scheduled departure time to board a luxury catamaran. Once the group has gathered and all questions have been addressed, take a short walk to your boat for a safety briefing from the crew before boarding. Choose from the luxurious interior with comfortable seating and sun and wind protection, or the outdoor sun beds and trampoline nets. Then, sit back and relax as you sail out to sea and look back at the marina. Although sightings of the marine life cannot be guaranteed, dolphins and whales are often seen in the waters around Funchal. Keep a look out as you cruise across the water while the crew is on hand to answer any questions about the variety of species you may encounter. Then, head to the towering cliffs of Cabo Girão, looming 1,902 feet (580 meters) above the sea. Drop anchor at Cabo Girão and take a dip in the waters to explore the sea life below the surface with your complimentary goggles and snorkel mask. Then, cruise at a leisurely pace back to Funchal Marina, sailing along the coastline for fantastic views of Madeira’s landscapes. Arrive back at Funchal Marina for the speedy disembarking process so that you can continue with your day unimpeded.

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Tour of Eastern Madeira

2. Tour of Eastern Madeira

Immerse yourself in the history of Madeira. Starting with pick-up from the lobby of your hotel, make your way to the Camacha Wickerwork Factory, (Closed at the moment due to Covid). Pass the Eucalyptus and Mimosa forests into the black forest of Madeira overlooking the Christmas pines, into the breathtaking mountains of Pico do Arieiro at 1,800 meters.  Taking the old road of Faial, Santana will be the next stop, where you can see the town's traditional thatched houses and vines. Stop for lunch (not included in the price). After the lunch stop in Santana, continue on to Porto Cruz, passing the sugar cane fields. Visit the only steam rum factory in Europe (includes rum tasting) and the village, where the rough black sandy beach is appealing to all surfers. Then travel along the North Coast where sugar cane terraces are still visible. See the old capital of Madeira, Machico, where the first Portuguese settlers arrived in the 15th century, before heading to Ponta de São Lourenço, the eastern point cape of the island where the rock formations will astound you. Your tour ends with a drop-off at your hotel. 

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Funchal: Old Town Walking Tour

3. Funchal: Old Town Walking Tour

Meet your guide at Jesuit's College of Funchal, Madeira University to begin this 2-hour guided walking tour of Funchal. Learn how the history of Madeira and Funchal shaped the city centre as you visit the most important points of interest. Travel down the 19th century public walkway between the Municipal Theatre and the Cathedral, where sugarcane was first planted in Madeira, during the 15th century. Explore the city’s medieval heart dating from the Golden Age of Sugar and discover the beautiful 17th century religious monuments. Visit the ruins of the old Pilory Square and other remnants from past floods and the area damaged by the Great Fire of Funchal in 1584. This tour helps to support students at the University of Madeira who are facing financial difficulties.  

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Madeira: Dolphin and Whale Watching Tour from Funchal

4. Madeira: Dolphin and Whale Watching Tour from Funchal

Climb aboard a comfortable catamaran for a relaxing trip along Madeira's south coast from the Marina do Funchal. Look for dolphins and whales (and even turtles) playing in the cold waters of the sea. During the summer months, stop to swim below the cliffs of Cabo Girão, one of the highest sea cliffs in the world. A qualified crew will provide detailed information in various languages about the species of cetaceans (dolphins and whales) you see. In the event you don’t spot any whales or dolphins you will be offered a 2nd trip. Get historical and technical information from your crew for a truly unique experience.

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Madeira: West Tour with Porto Moniz and Volcanic Pools

5. 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: Guided Tour by Tuk Tuk and CR7 Museum Entrance

6. Funchal: Guided Tour by Tuk Tuk and CR7 Museum Entrance

Start your tuk tuk tour of Funchal by exploring the city’s Old Town, dating back to the 16th century when the island was first colonized by the Portuguese. Your driver will be happy to take you to some of the city's narrowest streets. Pass Funchal Market to savor the aromas of the fresh foods and flowers on sale. Continue to the Cathedral of Funchal and admire its Mudéjar-inspired roof. Explore the oldest and most typical streets of Funchal, including Ferrnão de Ornelas. End at the CR7 Museum, dedicated to the Madeiran footballer Cristiano Ronaldo. Enter the museum for free at the end of your guided tuk tuk tour and see emblematic photographs of Cristiano’s career, videos and his wax statue at your own pace. Marvel at the junior and professional trophies he won while serving at Andorinha, Nacional, Sporting, Manchester United and Real Madrid.

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Funchal and Câmara Lobos: Private Guided Tuk Tuk Tour

7. Funchal and Câmara Lobos: Private Guided Tuk Tuk Tour

Discover Funchal and its most enchanting neighborhoods on a 2-hour guided tuk tuk tour. Visit places outside Funchal as well, including the fishing village of Câmara de Lobos, with its known Cabo Girão – one of the highest cliffs in the world. Start this unique tour in the city of Funchal, with a ride down Monumental Street, which is home to many 4 and 5-star hotels. Continue to the village of Câmara de Lobos. Take in the spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean from Cabo Girão. Enjoy the commentary of your driver/guide as you travel in comfort and see the top points of interest in the area.

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Madeira: Half-Day Pico Arieiro Jeep Tour

8. 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.

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Madeira: Old Roads to Calheta Tour

9. Madeira: Old Roads to Calheta Tour

Travel the old roads to discover sea and mountain views on the western coast of Madeira on this tour to Calheta. Enjoy scenic viewpoints, plenty of photo opportunities, and stops for tasting local food and drinks. Along the tour, take in the views over Câmara de Lobos and Cabo Girão, followed by Ribeira Brava, Ponta do Sol, Madalena do Mar, and finally Calheta. Discover places only known by locals and learn information about the spots you visit. There will also be stops in between for optional snacks and drinks. Views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Madeiran Mountains will be a constant backdrop for your tour. Later, get dropped off at a location in the city of Funchal.

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Funchal: Historical Walking Tour

10. Funchal: Historical Walking Tour

Explore historic Funchal on a 2-hour guided walking tour. Begin at the walls of the city and learn about the attack on Funchal by the French army in 1566. Enter the English Church and hear about the foreign community that inhabited Madeira for over 5 centuries. Take in Funchal from the Cruzes viewpoint and see the area where João Gonçalves Zarco, the founder of Madeira, used to live. Learn why the nuns of Santa Clara were a tourist attraction some 200 years ago and where the foreign princes used to enjoy the island’s best queijadas. Visit some of the most notable churches in Funchal and hear about the individuals that sponsored their construction.

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What people are saying about Funchal

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based on 1,008 reviews

We had the tour with Amelie. It was very impressive and informative. You can get more information on the private tour. I can really only recommend it. Thank you very much for that.

Very nice team. We went to great lengths to ensure that we had a sense of achievement. So it was, which no one expected anymore, whales and dolphins, great to see

Just a great tour. An experience to see a family of pilot whales in the wild. That was really lucky. Very good explanations from the crew were also helpful.

Great experience. Nice team. We saw whales and drove a bit along the beautiful coast of Madeira. A great excursion all round.

Very informative and compact. Thanks again to Amelie.