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Paul da Serra

Paul da Serra: Our most recommended tours and activities

Tour to the West of Madeira

1. Tour to the West of Madeira

Discover the highlights of Madeira's beautiful landscapes and charming towns on this guided tour in a comfortable vehicle, with pickup and drop-off included. Stop at Camara de Lobos, the Ribeira Brava and visit the village of São Vicente. After pick-up from your hotel, make your way to Camara de Lobos where beautiful landscapes were painted by Sir Winston Churchill in the 1950s. The drive takes you along the old narrow roads of Estreito de Camara de Lobos, where the vines were first introduced and still exist today. Admire the banana plantations and sugarcane on the steepy terraces that sometimes are difficult to get to. Visit Madeira's pride and Cabo Girão, the highest sea cliff in Europe and the second-highest in the world. Discover the breathtaking views over the mountains and sea and old agricultural terraces still planted today. Then, the route descends to Ribeira Brava, visit old monuments including the church. Continue the drive through to Paul da Serra Madeira´s popular flat plateau at 1500m above sea level. Embrace the beautiful laurel forest views through Madeira´s little green Scotland, where the oldest Laurel Trees and endemic vegetation that grows and embraces the long Rabaçal Valley, to Porto Moniz valley, well known for its natural volcanic pools in the summer. Spend 2 hours and in the winter 1 and half hours there. A stop for lunch or a light snack follows after (not included in the price). The tour continues along the north coast where waterfalls are visible. Drive through the village of Seixal, well known for its black natural volcanic beach and wine terraces which continues right through São Vicente. Appreciate Portugal's own little "Hawai" due to the high wave attraction in the winter and surfing attraction nature will escort up to the Encumeada Pass, where the North meets the South at 1007 meters above sea level (this stop will depend on the weather conditions). At the end of the tour you will be dropped back at your hotel.

From Funchal: Best of Madeira's West Tour

2. From Funchal: Best of Madeira's West Tour

Escape the hustle and bustle of Funchal on a full-day scenic tour of the west of Madeira. Admire the unspoiled natural beauty of the area and visit the charming villages of Câmara de Lobos and Porto Moniz. Following pickup from selected hotels in Funchal, pass through the traditional fishing village of Câmara de Lobos. Continue to Cabo Girão Skywalk, Europe's highest cliff skywalk at 589m. Next, head towards the Ribeira Brava and go north through the deep and narrow valleys of Serra D'Água. Upon arrival at Encumeada, enjoy an incredible view of the south and north coast of the island. Cross a mountain pass, and witness the rugged beauty of the north coast, where Atlantic rollers deposit white surf on the cliffs. Traverse Madeira's highest plateau, and enjoy more spectacular panoramas. Continue to São Vicente on Madeira’s north coast. Visit the beautiful village of Porto Moniz and take 1 hour for lunch, as well as time to admire the volcanic swimming pools. Finish your tour at Paul da Serra to see one of the biggest natural reserves in the world.

Madeira: Skywalk, Porto Moniz Volcanic Pools, and Fanal Tour

3. Madeira: Skywalk, Porto Moniz Volcanic Pools, and Fanal Tour

Depart from Funchal and head towards San Vicente along the north coast. Visit one of the most famous viewpoints, where you can look out to Porto Santo Island in clear weather. You will also be able to see the waterfall resembling a bride's veil, named Veu da Noiva. Next, stop at the natural volcanic pools in Seicxal, where you can swim in crystal waters. Also visit Porto Moniz's lava pools and Paul da Serra, the biggest plateau on the island at nearly 1500 meters high. This beautiful place provides stunning views and is an ideal spot for lunch. Visit Fanal, one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal filled with centenary trees. As the last stop, go to Cabo Girão, the highest sea cliff in Europe and the second highest in the world. Try out the suspended glass floor viewpoint. Finally, return to your accommodation. 

Northwest Madeira 4x4 Tour

4. Northwest Madeira 4x4 Tour

Be picked up at your hotel or guest house. Enjoy your ride to Serra d'Água, where you will have the opportunity to learn about the island of Madeira. At the North side, you will see Ginjas village.  Then continue on, using the old roads and some forest roads where its only possible to go with a 4X4. Head to the top at 1500 meters at Paúl da Serra. Explore the natural beauty of this island, meet the people, and explore the cultures, traditions, and local food and drinks. Enjoy the expertise of a multilingual driver, who will take you on this full day journey to Encumeada, Ginjas, Estanquinhos, Paúl da Serra, Fanal, Ribeira da Janela, Porto Moniz, Seixal and São Vicente, with additional opportunities to see and swim in the volcanic lava pools.

Northwest Madeira: Open Top 4x4 Tour

5. Northwest Madeira: Open Top 4x4 Tour

Get off the beaten track in an open top 4x4 vehicle driven by an experienced guide. Explore the rugged Northwestern side of Madeira and learn about local traditions, culture, and history while encountering the natural wonders of the area. Taste local food and drinks like poncha and swim in the natural seaside, volcanic lava pools at Porto Moniz or Seixal. Go for an easy 15 minute walk along a levada and learn about the unique aqueduct system that continues to supply the island with water and energy today. Explore a small segment of a vast levada network stretching over 2,000 km and admire the beautiful views of the countryside these canal walkways provide. Check out the fauna and flora in Fanal Forest, including the native Ocotea foetens trees, some of which are over 500 years old. This tour passes through Serra d'Água, Ginjas, Estanquinhos, Paúl da Serra, Fanal, Ribeira da Janela, Porto Moniz, Seixal, and São Vicente.

From Funchal: Porto Moniz Northern Wonders Full-Day 4x4 Tour

6. From Funchal: Porto Moniz Northern Wonders Full-Day 4x4 Tour

Departing early from Funchal to a viewpoint with delightful views over Ribeira Brava village, the Atlantic Ocean and beautiful mountains. From there you travel to São Vicente in the north, known for its vineyards, volcanic caves, and Madeira's wine production. Then you will visit one of the most famous viewpoints on the north coast where you can see a waterfall that resembles a bride's veil due to the abundance in the water, Véu da Noiva. On a clear day, you can see the island of Porto Santo. Continuing the tour, you will stop at the natural pools Seixal where you have the chance to swim in crystalline waters and enjoy the beautiful scenery around them. You will also visit Porto Moniz’s volcanic pools which is one of the most visited places in Madeira. Then you travel uphill along an off-road to Paúl da Serra, the biggest plateau of the island at nearly 1,500 meters elevation with stunning views. There, you have the option of a lunch break in a typical Madeiran restaurant. Next, you will go to Cabo Girão, Europe's highest sea cliff and the second highest in the world with 580 meters elevation, better known for its suspended glass floor viewpoint. Finally, visit Fanal, one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal, with centenary trees in the middle of the Laurissilva Forest.

Western Madeira: Full-Day Jeep Safari Tour

7. Western Madeira: Full-Day Jeep Safari Tour

This jeep safari tour will start in Funchal City and then you will visit several unique places in Lugar de Baixo, Lombo do Mouro, Bica da Cana, Paul da Serra, Santa, Porto Moniz, Seixal, Serra d´água, and Funchal. Explore the fascinating landscapes along the rugged North coast of Madeira. Appreciate the crystal clear air and mysterious wilderness as you head into the indigenous Laurissilva forest at Santa, before descending in to the impressive villages along the outstanding Northern coast. For example, go to Seixal to see its many different waterfalls. Next up, travel to Porto Moniz, known for its natural saltwater pools composed of volcanic rocks, which are some of the most beautiful natural swimming pools in the world. Finally, go to the stunning Serra de Àgua valley to see the South Coast, Encumeada, Ribeira Brava, and Campanário. On Mondays you can explore the west and north of Madeira Island.

Madeira: West Tour with Porto Moniz and Volcanic Pools

8. 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.

Rabaçal: Hiking Tour

9. Rabaçal: Hiking Tour

Your tour begins with a convenient pick up service from your hotel, provided by the local partner. Your driver will take you to the starting point at the Rabaçal car park where you will meet your friendly guide. From here, set-off on your adventure by walking by the Levada do Alecrim. Following the trail, you will then visit the breathtaking Lagoa do Vento, before reaching the Casa do Rabaçal. At this stage, it will be possible to take a break and enjoy a snack. Following this visit, you will hike the Levada das 25 fontes, which will transport you to the heart of the Laurissilva forest. Throughout your experience, you'll have the opportunity to observe the endemic flora of Madeira, such as the species of the Laurissilva Forest and local fauna, which is mainly composed of bird species. The tour ends at the car park, where you will begin your journey back to your accommodation.

Madeira: Private Tour of Fanal Forest

10. Madeira: Private Tour of Fanal Forest

Start with pickup from your hotel and travel along a scenic route through the Fanal Forest of Madeira. Stop at various points of interest and beautiful viewpoints with your expert driver/guide. Then, stop for a walk through the ancient trees such as the notable centenary Tis Trees (Ocotea foetens). Learn about the fascinating natural history of the area. Discover the Laurissilva Forest, which has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since December 1999.

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What people are saying about Paul da Serra

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 1,952 reviews

Great tour of the island, had alot of stops and visted the natural pools and high mountain points. Seems to be cheaper when booked online with get your guide compared to in resort.

It was very beautiful, funny and super interesting. Gil the Gide was awesome. We would definitely book the trip with him again.

Driver/guide Diogo Pinto was brilliant Probably oldest jeep on the island but made it so much better

Great impressions, got a lot of interesting information from the driver Gil. very good

Diogo and Miguel were the best guides. The tour was wonderful!