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Madeira: Full-Day South Coast Jeep Tour

1. Madeira: Full-Day South Coast Jeep Tour

Explore the best of the south of Madeira Island with this Jeep safari tour. You will discover valleys, mountains, plateaus, and the seashore, all of which make this expedition to the sometimes-forgotten southwest side of the island a trip to remember. The diversity of this part of the island is simply amazing. You will visit Ponta do Pargo, the most western point of Madeira, before sitting down to enjoy lunch. Following lunch, you will stroll along the seaside esplanade to discover the hidden fishing villages. You will visit Funchal, Paul da Serra, Ponta do Pargo, Paul do Mar, Jardim do Mar, Calheta, and Ponta do Sol on this scenic experience. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be returned to your point of origin.

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Madeira: 1-Way or Round-Trip Shared Airport Transfer

2. Madeira: 1-Way or Round-Trip Shared Airport Transfer

Enjoy a safe and comfortable transfer from the Madeira airport to your hotel on this 45-minute service. Book in advance and arrive in Madeira with no worries about finding transportation. This shared transfer is available for hotels located in Central Funchal, Machico, Santa Cruz, Câmara de Lobos, and Caniço village. Up to 8 passengers can be accommodated in the mini-bus. When you arrive, look in the exit area for the driver, who will be carrying an envelope for each of the passengers for the service. Inside the envelope is general information about Madeira and other services provided by the operator. If you are booking a round-trip transfer, you must confirm the pick-up time at your hotel.

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Madeira: Private Half-Day Guided Gardens Tour

3. Madeira: Private Half-Day Guided Gardens Tour

Embark on a half-day tour dedicated to the Madeira's gardens, one of the island's greatest treasures. Visit the Monte Palace Tropical Garden and be impressed by its beauty and diverse culture. See traces of Portugal's history since the reign of its first king, D. Afonso Henriques. Wander through the Monte Palace, which occupies an area of 70.000 square meters and houses an exotic collection of plants from different regions in the world. Watch swans and ducks floating on the lake as well as peacocks and chickens walking freely in the main areas of the property. Visit the museum inside the palace that houses a unique collection of minerals and gems.  The tour ends in the Botanical Garden, founded in 1960 by a Madeiran Botanist. Find more than 2500 species of plants from different parts in the world, all brought together in the “Garden of the Atlantic.”

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Madeira: Private 1.5-Kilometer Levada dos Balcões Hike

4. Madeira: Private 1.5-Kilometer Levada dos Balcões Hike

Once having been collected from your Madeira accommodation, drive through the mountains before arriving to Ribeiro Frio. Following a short but grandeur walk through the beautiful Laurisilva Forest, arrive to the fabulous Balcões’ belvedere. From this belvedere it’s possible to contemplate the many peaks of Madeira Island, from which Pico Ruivo and Pico do Areeiro stand the highest. Pico do Gato, Pico das Torres, and the well-known Penhad’Águia also constitute part of this breathtaking scenery. This area is also ideal for bird watching, due to the fact that it is home to a huge variety of different species. These birgs include the firecrest, the chaffinch, grey wagtails, blackbirds, robins, buzzards, and the very rare Madeira's long-toed pigeon.

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From Funchal: 25 Fountains Levada Walk and Jeep Safari

5. From Funchal: 25 Fountains Levada Walk and Jeep Safari

Depart Funchal and journey west to the Paul da Serra viewpoint in Calheta. Upon arrival, embark on a hike of the famous Levada das 25 Fontes e Risco walk and encounter the amazing waterfalls that give the nature trail its name. Then, go to Pico da Urze for lunch in a typical restaurant at your own expense. Continue off-road to the village of Ponta do Sol to see the stunning south coast of Madeira. Get bird's eye views from the coastal town of Ribeira Brava. Make your way to the highest cliff in Europe at Cabo Girão for stunning vistas 580 meters above sea level.

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Madeira: Old Roads to Calheta Tour

6. 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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Madeira: Santo da Serra to Ribeiro Frio Private Walk

7. Madeira: Santo da Serra to Ribeiro Frio Private Walk

Journey from the center of Santo da Serra to Ribeiro Frio, two of the main points of interest on Madeira Island, visited not only by tourists but also by residents. Walk through a forest road passing by the Trout Fishing Park, where you can relax for a while, having a tea or simply enjoying the surroundings. Immerse yourself in the amazing nature at the Levada, enjoying every step while you appreciate the wide variety of endemic flora and fauna of Madeira Laurisilva. Discover open areas that offer magnificent views of the valley and peaks of the island. Continue walking along the levada, enjoying the energy of all this pure nature surround you.

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Funchal: Amazing Craters of Fire 4x4 Tour

8. Funchal: Amazing Craters of Fire 4x4 Tour

Enjoy the warmest place of Madeira and what is has to offer. The southwest is the point less visited by foreigners, making all the viewpoints unique. You can admire the lovely scenery freely there without the crowds of tourists around spoiling it. You'll start at Campanário, with tiny 2-way roads making for great adventures. Once at Ponta do Sol, you will take an off-road track up to the plateau which sits at 1,500 meters. This track will see you passing by green mountains, all of which are covered with forests. Following that, stop at Prazeres where you have the option to taste home-made dishes which pack plenty of flavor. You'll then make your way down to the villages near the coastline, where charismatic fishing villages create a contrast with the colors of the sky and mountains. You will see old terraces where people still work with their hands in the production of bananas, sugar cane, and subtropical fruits.

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Caniço: 4x4 Fanal Forest, Porto Moniz, and Villages Day Tour

9. Caniço: 4x4 Fanal Forest, Porto Moniz, and Villages Day Tour

Embark on a guided, multi-stop 4x4 adventure starting in Caniço. Explore Ribeira Brava, Ponta do Sol, Seixal, São Vicente, and more. Find unbeatable viewpoints at Paúl da Serra and Ribeira da Janela and marvel at the natural swimming pools at Porto Moniz. After meeting your guide, hop on board and head first to Ribeira Brava for a quick stop to enjoy the small city with the longest and widest ribeira (stream) of the island. Head to Ponta do Sol and Canhas next, two picturesque villages with much to see. The trip continues off-road to Paúl da Serra, a plateau in the center of the island with unique views. Later, there will be the possibility to take a short walk along the levada (approximately 20 minutes). Explore the lush landscape of Paúl da Serra with an altitude of 1500 meters and see Fanal Forest, an area between the mountains of Seixal and Ribeira da Janela with laurel forest classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take in views at the Ribeira da Janela viewpoint before heading to Porto Moniz. Be greeted with unforgettable scenery built by natural swimming pools, the highlight of the village of Porto Moniz. These pools, created by volcanic lava, have crystal-clear waters. After a stop for a lunch (at your own expense), continue to Seixal and São Vicente in the afternoon. At 1007 meters high, at the Encumeada Viewpoint, round off your trip with views over the deep valleys of Ribeira Brava (south coast) and São Vicente (north coast).

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Madeira: Private Guided Half-Day Tour of Northwest Madeira

10. 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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What people are saying about Ponta Do Sol

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Our tourguide Ruben was amazing. He was extremely friendly and shared a lot of knowledge about Madeira with us. We will definitely recommend this trip to friends and family.

Brilliant fun in the jeep and our driver Victor was one of the best we hsve come across. Highly recomend yhese guys

Great service, punctual, professional and friendly driver who speaks fluently 6 European languages.

Great service, punctual and I was the only one inside car!

Perfect service, very nice driver met me at the airport.