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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: West Madeira Island Guided Trip & Laurisilva

2. From Funchal: West Madeira Island Guided Trip & Laurisilva

. Câmara de Lobos - The tour starts with a 20 to 30 minute stop at this beautiful fishing village, where you can see the fishing boats of scabbard fish and drink the famous Poncha. . Cabo Girão - The tour continues to this amazing viewpoint over a seacliff with a suspended glass platform where you can admire the panoramic views of Câmara de lobos and Funchal. .Ribeira Brava - The tour makes a small stop at this charming Village. Here you can visit the 15th Century Church and enjoy a small walk at the promenade by the sea. .Fanal - Leaving Ribeira Brava, the tour continues passing through Ponta do Sol, towards Fanal to a little walk in the Laurissilva Forest. . Ribeira da Janela - This stop is a superp viewpoint that shows you 60% of the magnificent north cost. . Porto Moniz - After, the tour goes to the biggest stop. At Porto Moniz the stop is between 1 hour and a half to two hours that you can enjoy your lunch break and a swim at the natural volcanic pools. . Seixal - Stoping at the harbor of Seixal for you to enjoy the view of the dramatic cliffs crushing the water and the opportunity to have a walk in one of the most black sand beaches of the Island. . Bride's Veil - To end this splendid tour is a viewpoint with a waterfall that resembles a bride's veil.

From Funchal: Full-Day Skywalk & Madeira Wine Tasting Tour

3. From Funchal: Full-Day Skywalk & Madeira Wine Tasting Tour

Depart from Funchal and head to Serra d’Água in Ribeira Brava, with beautiful views surrounded by dense vegetation and tall mountains. Reach the Encumeada viewpoint at 1007 meters above sea level to enjoy magnificent views over the valleys, north and south coast of the island. Continuing through a nice off-road route with spectacular views over São Vicente, Paúl da Serra, and Porto Moniz, and arrive at the most important and iconic vineyards in the north of the island, located in São Vicente. In this wonderful and interesting property, take a guided tour with the owners to learn the ins and outs of wine production process and wine culture. After the tour, delight yourself in a wine tasting experience. After lunch, continue towards Cabo Girão, the highest cliff in Europe and second highest in the world measuring at 589 meters. It is notable for its renovated viewpoint with a suspended glass floor. Finish at Câmara de Lobos, visiting the best Madeira wine lodge to taste the famous 3, 10, and 15-year-old Madeira wines.

From Funchal: Cabo Girão & Poncha Tasting by Classic VW

4. From Funchal: Cabo Girão & Poncha Tasting by Classic VW

Experience the natural beauty of Madeira by classic VW and drive along the regional roads towards Ribeira Brava. Stop in the city center of Câmara de Lobos and get stunning views from the Pico da Torre viewpoint. Drive to the towering sea cliff of Cabo Girão to experience the highest promontory in Europe and get a stunning view over Funchal and Câmara de Lobos from the glass skywalk. Continue to Ribeira Brava and stop at another viewpoint along the way. Navigate your way through the center of Ribeira Brava and visit the parish of Serra de Água to enjoy authentic ponchas (a traditional alcoholic drink from Madeira) or other regional drink at a typical bar.

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.

From Funchal: Skywalk & Rabacal 25 Fountains Levada Walk

6. 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.

Hiking in Madeira: Pico Grande

7. Hiking in Madeira: Pico Grande

Hike up through Pico Grande’s central mountain chain and enjoy breathtaking views of the island’s dramatic volcanic landscapes. Start your hike at Boca da Corrida and set out with your professional, certified mountain guide to cover 9.5km and 600m of vertical gain. At 1654m, Pico Grande is not the highest mountain of Madeira, but it stands at the center of the islands on a ridge that links Madeira’s central mountain range and the high plateau of Paúl da Serra. Pico Grande remains one of the best lookout mountains, offering panoramic views of the Valley of Serra de Agua, Curral das Freiras, and Ribeira Brava Basin. You’ll also get to experience some of Madeira’s high-altitude endemic flora and fauna. At the end of your hike, you'll return to Boca da Corrida for your return trip.

Madeira: Private Guided Half-Day Tour of Northwest Madeira

8. 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.

Madeira South West: Half Day Private Tour

9. 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: Private 1.5-Kilometer Levada dos Balcões Hike

10. 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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What people are saying about Ribeira Brava

Professional guide who took care of all fellow travelers with a lot of time, humor and care. We had a great tour with all the highlights and learned a lot about the island. Would book it again anytime.

Tony is the best, we all loved him and he made tour even better. Would recommend. The only negative was the tour was advertised for maximum of eight people but there was more.

Lucy was a great guide to the West. It was a great day, filled with snippets of info and stops at lovely places. Highlight was the swim in the natural rock pools.

A really good overview of the East of the island. Perfect if you don’t have a car.

Great experience with stops at most beautiful places.