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From Funchal: Skywalk & Rabacal 25 Fountains Levada Walk

1. From Funchal: Skywalk & Rabacal 25 Fountains Levada Walk

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.

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

2. 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.

Madeira South West: Half Day Private Tour

3. Madeira South West: Half Day Private Tour

Discover the breathtaking scenery of western Madeira Island. Visit Camara de Lobos, Cabo Girao, Ribeira Brava, Ponta od Sol town, Calheta and more. Begin with a pickup from your accommodation. Stop to one of the island’s most atmospheric fishing villages, named after monk seals which are frequent visitors to the harbor. After visiting Camara de Lobos, your driver will head further up to the world's second-highest sea cliff and Europe’s highest (580m)-(1775 ft). Stop at the town of Ribeira Brava, which reflects the personality of the stream, from where it gets its name, Ribeira (river) Brava (wild). Arrive at Ponta do Sol, the sunniest spot on the island to see exactly how it earned its name, sunny point. Explore the pretty village of Calheta, set in a steep valley just above the coast.

Madeira: Santo da Serra to Ribeiro Frio Private Walk

4. 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.

Madeira: Old Roads to Calheta Tour

5. 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.

Madeira: South Island Private Tour

6. Madeira: South Island Private Tour

This tour begins in the city of Ribeira Brava, known for the charm of its wild stream. Start your journey by heading to Ponta do Sol and visit the beautiful and cultural downtown and the town harbor. Next, visit the Madalena do Mar Harbor and see the fishermen's houses. Then, make your way to Calheta, known for its artificial sand beach and production of Sugar Cane Rum. Then, continue towards the mountains of Prazeres and visit a Farm Animal Center and try its award-winning jam.

Madeira: Private 1.5-Kilometer Levada dos Balcões Hike

7. 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.

From Calheta: Ribeira Brava Catamaran Cruise

8. From Calheta: Ribeira Brava Catamaran Cruise

Discover the southwest coast of Madeira Island on a catamaran cruise to Ribeira Brava. See coastal villages and towering cliffs along your journey, stopping for a dip in the open sea once you arrive. Make the most of a trip out at sea and see Madeira from a different perspective. Depart from Calheta Marina and head out to sea, hugging the cliff-lined, lush coastline. Pass by the beautiful Madalena do Mar and Ponta do Sol municipalities on your way. Arrive at Ribeira Brava, one of the largest municipalities on the island, and marvel at its football stadium, which is tucked in the middle of the valley. Stop for a spot of sunbathing on the decks, with a breathtaking valley view of Ribeira Brava as a backdrop. Cool down in the open waters of the sea, before returning to Calheta.

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

9. 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.

West Tour Full day 4x4 Jipe Tour Natural Swimming Pools

10. West Tour Full day 4x4 Jipe Tour Natural Swimming Pools

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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What people are saying about Ponta Do Sol

The guide/driver was genuinely very funny. Honestly I just found it incredibly impressive the sheer effort he put in. He talked to every couple as we joined the jeep to build rapport and was constantly cracking jokes, some good banter and some flat, but I really enjoyed it! He kept us upbeat but the main thing that came across was his extreme depth of knowledge of fauna, Madeira and customer service. It was incredibly informative and probably the most professional tour I’ve ever had. The walk + lunch + off-road + skywalk offered great balance & the shortcut on 25 fontes was a life saver, on the way back that became clear. This was likely the best value for money experience in Madeira we had!

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

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.

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.

Absolutely exceptional guide: funny, personal, insightful. Excellent tour, great day. Go for it!