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Tour of Eastern Madeira

1. Tour of Eastern Madeira

Immerse yourself in the history of Madeira. Starting with pick-up from the lobby of your hotel, make your way to the Camacha Wickerwork Factory, (Closed at the moment due to Covid). Pass the Eucalyptus and Mimosa forests into the black forest of Madeira overlooking the Christmas pines, into the breathtaking mountains of Pico do Arieiro at 1,800 meters.  Taking the old road of Faial, Santana will be the next stop, where you can see the town's traditional thatched houses and vines. Stop for lunch (not included in the price). After the lunch stop in Santana, continue to Porto Cruz, passing the sugar cane fields. Visit the only steam rum factory in Europe (includes rum tasting) and the village. See the rough black sandy beach popular with surfers. In July and August, enjoy the chance to swim in the famous saltwater pool. Then travel along the North Coast where sugar cane terraces are still visible. See the old capital of Madeira, Machico, where the first Portuguese settlers arrived in the 15th century, before heading to Ponta de São Lourenço, the eastern point cape of the island where the rock formations will astound you. Your tour ends with a drop-off at your hotel. 

Madeira: Full-Day Laurel Forest Guided Walking Tour

2. Madeira: Full-Day Laurel Forest Guided Walking Tour

Experience the magic of Portuguese forests on an adventurous trail hike. Madeira is known for its "levadas", a system of aqueducts, popularly used as hiking trails. Drive to the quaint town of Santana and up to Queimadas Forestry Park to journey through one of the famous levada walks. Deep in the Laurel forest, find a typical thatched house, which serves as a park landmark and creates a fairytale setting to begin your journey. This magical trail runs through the Serra de São Jorge and wanders through an emerald green paradise. Take in outstanding views of the valleys and villages that lie below, until finally reaching the magnificent Caldeirão Verde waterfall. Make contact with the lush greenery as you walk along this historical levada in the company of your experienced guide.

From Funchal: Santana and Pico do Areeiro East Island Tour

3. From Funchal: Santana and Pico do Areeiro East Island Tour

Explore the wonders of Madeira on this guided minibus trip from Funchal to the east side of the island. Visit Camacha, Pico do Areeiro, Ribeiro Frio, Faial, Machico, and more. Enjoy a long stop in the village of Santana to see local life and have time for lunch. Enjoy a great start to the tour by visiting Camacha, one of the most rural and rustic villages in Madeira where folklore is still hugely in practice. Camacha makes Madeira world-renowned for its industry of wicker and cane. The next stop is Pico do Areeiro, the third highest peak on the island with an altitude of 1818 m, where you can take in unbeatable 360-degree island views. Often, rocky formations can be seen to be piercing through the clouds creating one-of-a-kind visuals and photo opportunities. Next, move on to Ribeiro Frio (meaning cold river). Ribeiro Frio is a small village situated in the heart of the Laurissilva forest. It is the largest surviving area of laurel forest in the world and is believed to be 90% primary forest. In this classified UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site, you can enjoy a variety of plants and species in their natural habitat. Get the chance to also observe a trout farm made up (as naturally as possible) of stone enclosures and fresh flowing levada water, set against a backdrop of pure nature. The tour continues to Faial, where you can view the imposing rock of Penha de Águia, which separates Faial from Porto da Cruz. With a lengthy stop at the village of Santana next, you will have ample time for lunch and to see Madeira’s world-famous typical thatched roved triangular houses, painted in happy primary colors. Pass by Portela en route to Ponta São Lourenço, which is situated in the most eastern part of the island. Take in the unique landscape characterized by the fantastic combination of rocks, sea, and nature. Your final stop is the larger city of Machico, the first area of the Island that the Portuguese navigators came across. Later, return round-trip to your pickup location in Funchal. 

Ponta São Lourenço: Private Guided Walk

4. Ponta São Lourenço: Private Guided Walk

Take a private 4-hour guided walk through part of the Madeira’s natural park. Marvel at stunning seascapes of the north and south of the island. Experience the contrast of the southern sea’s serenity and the rough sea of the north. This walk takes place on the very east point of the island in Caniçal. During your walk be blown away by the regional winds and discover the local flora and fauna. See curious rock formations, resulting from the volcanic origin of the island along the way.

Madeira: 3-Hour Cabo Girao, Camara de Lobos 4x4 Tour

5. Madeira: 3-Hour Cabo Girao, Camara de Lobos 4x4 Tour

Discover the real Madeira countryside visiting Cabo Girão sea cliff, one of the highest in Europe. Explore the traditional hidden villages that site on the side of the coast. Buy souvenirs from the Camara de Lobos fishing village. Learn how the locals fish, inspired from a long history of fishing. This tour also visits Fontainhas, Boca dos Namorados and Estreito Camara de Lobos. Compare each village to the next, and see how culture transpires from one town to the next.  See the best that Protugal has to offer on this tour. Ride in comfort within a 4x4 wheel drive, with an open top. See the sights around and above you while driving. You can be comfortable with your family and meet new friends on this tour. Learn more about local fauna, flora, fruits, history, culture. This tour is ideal if you want a morning half-day tour. This tour generally runs between 3 and 4 hours.

Madeira: Private 1.5-Kilometer Levada dos Balcões Hike

6. 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.

Madeira: Private Half-Day Guided Palheiro Gardens Tour

7. Madeira: Private Half-Day Guided Palheiro Gardens Tour

Join a half-day tour dedicated to flowers, one of the island's greatest treasures. Madeira offers a vast repertoire of gardens, that's why one of the island’s nicknames is the “Floating Garden of the Atlantic.” On a guided tour by a local, go to the Palheiro Gardens, a beautiful private garden that was owned by the Blandy family. After a healing walk in Palheiro Gardens, marvel at a fabulous panoramic view over the city of Funchal.  

Madeira: Private Half-Day Guided Gardens Tour

8. 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.”

Madeira: Private Half-Day Local Market Tour

9. Madeira: Private Half-Day Local Market Tour

Your VIP service starts with your collection from your Madeira accommodation. Throughout the weekend on Madeira, all roads lead to Santo da Serra. Located at 667 meters high, this environmental paradise has its own characteristics and defining features. Every weekend a traditional Madeiran market takes place, which consists of genuine products and plenty of gastronomy. This is an event which brings locals and tourists alike together, as they relish in Madeira's diverse culture together. At this location various Quintas (farming ranches) are also available for the public to visit for free. As the market  in Santo closes you will head to the Funchal Farm Market to visit an amazing building constructed on 1940. There you will also be able to see examples of the various fruits, vegetables, and flowers that the island has to offer.

Madeira: Private Laurisilva Tour

10. Madeira: Private Laurisilva Tour

Experience a range of emotions as you play witness to the breathtaking landscapes of the Madeira island and its UNESCO-listed Laurisilva, a type of laurel forest. On this private tour learn about Madeiran culture, and visit important points of interest like the Central da Serra de Água power station and take a guided tour. See how work is done in the levadas, or irrigation channels, to catch water.   Head to the center of the island's mountain range and go to the Encumeada Viewpoint for gorgeous views over the valley in the North and South. During this tour also enjoy a short walk through the Laurisilva Forest.

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What people are saying about Machico

Luciano was an excellent guide - very knowledgeable about the island and with a great sense of humor as well. Throughout the tour, he was cracking us up with jokes and sharing funny stories. We highly recommend this tour - the views were breathtaking and Luciano’s timing was perfect to beat the crowds in most popular points.

Richard is a nice, polite fellow who tries to satisfy his clients. We saw the northeastern part of Madeira Witze the beautiful triangle houses and the mystic woods. IT was great. Many thanks! Monika & Ingrid

Tony’s the GOAT, amazing having a tour guide who knows the island like the back of his hand. Fluent in English, French, Portuguese, Spanish and I think I heard a little bit of German in there.

Safe and interesting ride. Very good (optional) food. Again and again breaks and opportunities to take photos.

Lucy was a fantastic guide and all the activities were fantastic. you must add this tour to your to do list.