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Madeira: Jeep 4x4 Safari Tour with Porto Moniz Natural Pools

1. Madeira: Jeep 4x4 Safari Tour with Porto Moniz Natural Pools

Uncover the beauty of the countryside of Madeira on a jeep tour from Funchal. Travel to locations like Cabo Girão cliff and the village of Lugar de Baixo. Take pictures of a viewpoint overlooking the valley of Encumeada. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodation in Funchal. Sit back and relax on the way to the charming red-roofed town of Câmara de Lobos. Climb up to the cliff of Cabo Girão which is 580 meters above of sea level. View the island from a glass platform.  Continue to the sea village of Lugar de Baixo. Begin an ascent from sea level into the mountains along an ancient path. See how local people live and how they work the agricultural terraces of banana trees, vineyards, and various other crops.  Pass through the forest, mountains, and valleys until you reach the Loch of the Moor. Admire the magnificent view of the valley of Encumeada and Serra de Água. Head through the scenic countryside of Bica da Cana, Paul da Serra, and Fanal. Reach the village of Ribeira da Janela to see the northwest coast of the Island. Drive back down to sea level to visit the coast and take in ocean views. Have the chance to stop and purchase lunch in Vila do Porto Moniz.  After lunch, you can purchase entrance to the natural pools in Porto Moniz which were created by the porous shape of the volcanic rocks. Go to the Village of Seixal to visit the waterfall of the Véu da Noiva. Finish your tour with a drive through São Vicente before heading back to Funchal.

Funchal: Amazing Craters of Fire 4x4 Tour

2. 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.

Madeira: Private Jeep 4x4 West Tour to Natural Pools

3. Madeira: Private Jeep 4x4 West Tour to Natural Pools

Experience a little bit of everything on this private Madeira jeep tour with a car is reserved only for you and your group. Customize the route of the tour to see the sea, mountains, and waterfalls, and swim in natural pools (western part of the island). Explore Madeira Island in a unique and active way by Land Rover 4x4. On your tour, you’ll see breathtaking views, visit hidden places which you can't reach by yourself, and collect memories you’ll never forget. Here is the example tour itinerary which you can adjust to meet your dreams: Departing from Funchal for Câmara de Lobos, then climb up to the cliff of Cabo Girão, 580 meters above sea level. Step onto a glass platform and view some of the most beautiful landscapes of the Island. Continue to Lugar de Baixo, where you’ll begin the adventure from sea level to the mountains, climbing through ancient paths where you can see how the local people live and how they work the terraces of banana trees and vineyards. Next, pass through the forest, mountains, and valleys until you reach the Loch of the Moor with its unbeatable view of the valley of Encumeada and Serra de Água. Go through Bica da Cana, Paul da Serra, and Fanal, with more views of the valleys and mountains. Upon reaching the village of Ribeira da Janela, see the northwest coast of the island. Descend to sea level to visit the coast and enjoy the ocean view. Then, go to Vila do Porto Moniz to stop for lunch and perhaps enjoy swimming in the natural pools. In the final part of the tour, leave Porto Moniz for the Village of Seixal and visit the waterfall of the Véu da Noiva. Continue to São Vicente before ending the day with drop-off back in Funchal.

Madeira: Old Roads to Calheta Tour

4. 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.

From Ponta Do Sol: Full-Day Nature Hike with A Guide

5. From Ponta Do Sol: Full-Day Nature Hike with A Guide

This spectacular walk begins at the Vila de Ribeira Grande riverbed, passing through scattered houses, banana plantations, and a large windmill that helps residents collect water. After 1 hour of walking, arrive at Coculi Village with its prominent Santo Crucifixo parish church, and then reach the second “Ribeira Grande” (at the mouth of two Ribeiras). Learn about the local fauna and flora from your local guide and walk between the sugarcane plantations to a slender aqueduct built by the Portuguese in 1956, which still carries water today. Discover the small village of “Boca das Ambas Ribeiras” (Mouth of Both Valleys) where you will enjoy lunch with a vertiginous view of the valley floor. After that, enjoy a zigzagging cobbled path that leads to the tiny settlement of Selado do Mocho and the Ribeira Garça. Finally, catch a glimpse of Chã da Igreja, meet locals and finish the walk in the village´s promontory. The tour concludes with a drop-off at your accommodation.

South & Sunset 4x4 Jipe tour - SOUTHWEST COAST MADEIRA

6. South & Sunset 4x4 Jipe tour - SOUTHWEST COAST MADEIRA

Embark on an unforgettable sunset trip to the south coast of Madeira starting with pickup at your accommodation in Funchal or Caniço. Stop at Ponta do Sol, Calheta, Jardim do Mar, and more. End with a mesmerizing sunset and time for dinner.  Start your discovery of the south coast of the island towards Ponta do Sol, where you’ll make your first stop. Then, head towards Calheta, famous for its sandy beach.  Stop at Jardim do Mar next and fall in love with the typical streets of this rustic village. Continue to Paúl do Mar and then to Ponta do Pargo.  Once in Ponta do Pargo, enjoy time for dinner (costs not included) and then have the opportunity to be dazzled by the best Atlantic sunset.

Madeira: Traditional Christmas Nativity Scenes Tour

7. Madeira: Traditional Christmas Nativity Scenes Tour

Get in the holiday spirit as you experience the Christmas tradition of creating nativity scenes to celebrate the holiday on this tour in Madeira. Travel to the southwestern part of the island to take part in the local tradition of viewing these over-the-top displays. Be picked up from the comfort of your hotel in Madeira with options to be picked up from locations across the island, or opt to be picked from the Funchal cruise ship port. Sit back and relax as you enjoy the natural landscapes and charming towns of Madeira as you are transported to the southwestern part of the island. Follow your local guide to see nativity scenes that are in public spaces and at local residences. Participate in the island's tradition of heading to the southwestern part of the island to view these temporary art displays. Admire the hard work and religious dedication that goes into making these holiday displays.

Madeira: Levada Calheta to Prazeres Private Walking Tour

8. Madeira: Levada Calheta to Prazeres Private Walking Tour

Stroll across the paths of Levada Calheta and Prazeres and discover a variety of plant species. Take in amazing views of the surrounding landscape along the way. Begin in Calheta with a stroll along Regional Road 211 and towards Prazeres village, following a vibrant path. Discover several species of flora, such as acacias, eucalyptus, pine, and wildflowers. Stop to look around and let yourself be dazzled by the beautiful landscapes that arise along the way. Explore a little more of the natural beauty of this region, including the human presence that gives it life. Find various dirt roads that cross the route of the Levada and continue your way following the channel of water until you arrive at the Levadeiro house. Take a moment to pause and enjoy the beautiful nature as your tour comes to a close.

Madeira: Private Moinhos Levada Nova Walk

9. Madeira: Private Moinhos Levada Nova Walk

Your trail begins with your traveling through cultivated farmland, providing a pleasant sight to walkers. Among the views, take in the spectacular panoramas of the valley and the beautiful village of Ponta do Sol that this route offers. As you travel, delight yourself with the sights, the endemic flora and fauna, and the waterfalls of the region. By the end of the route you can climb the path that leads to the Levada Nova. Once there, head in the opposite direction until you reach an impressive waterfall. You then continue the path by Levada Nova, although it is important to know that there are several areas with abysses and no protection, so is not recommended for inexperienced hikers. At the conclusion of your experience, your guide returns you to your accommodation.

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What people are saying about Ponta Do Sol

Magnificent experience with a driver who can make Paris Dakar and more with a smile Explanations throughout the visit and very friendly stops without stress you can take the time you want to visit Congratulations to mauricio if we come back to funchal we will resume a visit to the island without any problem

It was an awesome experience! Despite the rain we had a little it was really nice! We came across a great pilot who knew his island well and was very friendly. He showed us some great places (waterfalls, beaches, villages…) I recommend 100%!

Mauricio was a great guide: he was able to tell a lot and was funny. We saw a lot of beautiful places and he also knew good secret places. It was pure adrenaline and not for the faint of heart, but totally cool.

The tour was very exciting, varied, entertaining and informative. The weather was also great. Always with great pleasure again!