Things to do in
Calheta, Madeira

Our most recommended things to do in Calheta, Madeira

Funchal: Porto Moniz, Fanal Forest and Cabo Girao Jeep Tour

1. Funchal: Porto Moniz, Fanal Forest and Cabo Girao Jeep Tour

Embarking from Funchal city to the enchanting landscapes of São Vicente on Madeira’s North Coast. Our first stop takes us to São Vicente's waterfall, a delicate cascade that resembles a bride's veil. Continuing our adventure, we travel across the coastal town of Seixal, a hidden treasure with a black volcanic sand beach voted 3erd Best Beach in Europe. Our path then leads us to the secret place of Poças das Lesmas, where time stands still among ancient lava rock formations that emerge against the Atlantic Ocean. Our journey proceeds to Porto Moniz, where natural volcanic pools are waiting for us to immerse yourself in the beauty of this unique place. Our adventure takes a thrilling turn as we head to Fanal, navigating off-road trails into the peaceful and magical Laurissilva Forest that reveals itself in front of you; a living testament of over 20 million years of natural evolution. Continuing our journey we go through Paúl da Serra, the largest plateau on the island (1400 mts above sea level) with incredible views over the Atlantic Ocean and above the clouds. Then Cabo Girão awaits, standing proudly as one of the highest sea cliffs in the world at 580 metres. The Skywalk viewpoint promises a breathtaking panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean, Câmara de Lobos and the city of Funchal.

From Calheta: Madeira Whale and Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

2. From Calheta: Madeira Whale and Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

Glide around Madeira Island as you search for whales and dolphins by speedboat. Experience close encounters with the island's wildlife and follow the guidance of your local crew to approach animals with awareness. Meet your speedboat crew at the port and aboard a modern and highly efficient whale watching vessel. The speedboat's silent engines are ideal for wildlife watching as they cause little disturbance to the sensitive hearing of whales and dolphins. Once aboard, tour the sea around Madiera Island and beyond as your speed boat takes you to far distances for an optimal marine-watching experience.

From Calheta: Whale and Dolphin Watching RIB Boat Tour

3. From Calheta: Whale and Dolphin Watching RIB Boat Tour

Discover magnificent marine creatures in their natural habitat with this boat tour. After boarding your boat, set off on a 2-hour journey of discovery as you venture into the Atlantic ocean and get close to some of the most amazing animals on the planet.  Aboard the "rib" boat, you can quickly reach where the animals are, and increase your chances of seeing more species on your trip. With the help of an experienced spotter, you can make the most of your experience with up-to-date information about where the whales and dolphins are. During the boat trip, you will be accompanied by an experienced crew, who will inform you about the marine life around Madeira island. From the boat, you can also take in fantastic views of Madeira island. 

Porto Santo: Pirates and Corsairs Guided Island Tour

4. Porto Santo: Pirates and Corsairs Guided Island Tour

A tour around the island, where you will learn the story of Porto Santo, and why it was so important for the Portugueses and Human kind. We will help you discover how the people of the island would live on those days with the constants attacks of the pirates and corsairs. A fun an excited way to visit all the island for all members of the family. Discover the most beautiful and well know places on Porto Santo and get to know about their history. You may visit: Calheta beach, Miradouro das flores, Zimbralinho, Morenos, miradouro dos morenos, sand dunes, Fonte da areia, Pedregal, miradouro da Portela, miradouro do Pico Castelo.

Madeira: 2.5-Hour Whale and Dolphin-Watching Cruise

5. Madeira: 2.5-Hour Whale and Dolphin-Watching Cruise

Embark on a 2.5-hour cruise on a comfortable yacht equipped with a cabin and a restroom, sundeck, sofas, and a sunshade, for a relaxing experience you won't forget. Make the most of this experience as you explore Madeira’s coastline and the small villages, set in natural valleys. You can contemplate the amazing coastline of the Southwestern part of Madeira Island, as your guides introduce you to the magic of the ocean and the amazing whales and dolphins that visit the area. This observation will be conducted with the animals' well-being in mind. You can swim and snorkel in the warm crystal clear waters of Madeira island, admiring its rocky bottom and marine life along the way. On your journey back, you can reminisce about your adventure whilst sunbathing and chilling out on board with a fresh drink.

Madeira: Rabaçal 25 Fountains Levada Walk & Cabo Girão

6. Madeira: Rabaçal 25 Fountains Levada Walk & Cabo Girão

Rabaçal is an unique and magical place full of waterfalls and fountains. This levada walk is the most famous and beautiful in Madeira Island. This experience will start with a three (3) hours walk (approximately) including a 800 mts through a volcanic rock tunnel leading us to the northern side covered by an evergreen forest providing great landscapes and wonderful sensations. On this hike, we will have the opportunity to admire beautiful waterfalls carved in ancient valleys, natural spring water and its endemic species of fauna and flora (Laurissilva Forest). After this great walk, we will have a lunch break (lunch not included) in a typical Madeiran restaurant at Paúl da Serra, the biggest plateau of the island at nearly 1400 mts high with stunning views. Later on, we go downhill through a fantastic off-road expedition to the South Coast, where you will see and enjoy the fragrance of the exotic eucalyptus forest. Continuing by the coast, we go to Cabo Girão with the highest sea cliff of europe at 580 mts, known by its suspended glass floor viewpoint which offers a spectacular panoramic view over the Atlantic Ocean , Câmara de Lobos and Funchal (2 € p/p not included).

Funchal: Thrilling Speedboat tour - Madeira sparkling waters

7. Funchal: Thrilling Speedboat tour - Madeira sparkling waters

Secure your voyage to Funchal’s sea thrills and marine wonders. As the engine roars to life and the coastline becomes a blur, feel the rush of the ocean wind and the thrill of the waves beneath you. Our state-of-the-art speedboat slices through the azure waters, glide past Madeira’s stunning cliffs, verdant terraces, and secluded coves. Our knowledgeable guides ensure a blend of excitement and education, sharing intriguing tales and facts about Madeira’s marine life and geography. Whether you’re seeking the thrill of high-speed navigation, hoping for a unique view of Madeira’s coastline, or simply looking to feel the ocean’s power firsthand, our Funchal speedboat tour promises an unforgettable experience. Hold tight, adventurers – Madeira’s wonders await at full throttle. Embark on an exhilarating speedboat tour in the sparkling waters of Funchal, Madeira !

Fanal Forest Exploration Tour + Sunset with Food and Drinks

8. Fanal Forest Exploration Tour + Sunset with Food and Drinks

Experience the Unesco Protected Forest of Fanal. The Mystical Forest with the ancient Laurel Trees, many being over 100 years of age. In this tour you can fully explore the forest at your own leisure. You can meditate, relax, connect yourself with Nature. Enjoy some Local food and other Homemade Food accompanied by Drinks after e.xperiencing the forest. After this we finish the tour by overlooking some nice views over Calheta and the Southwest coast by the area of Rabaçal and enjoying the Sunset from there.

From Funchal: Madeira South Coast Full-Day Tour

9. From Funchal: Madeira South Coast Full-Day Tour

On this tour, you will go through peaceful and beautiful villages by the sea and will be taken on a wonderful journey. The villages of Ponta do Sol, Calheta and Estreito da Calheta are very well known for their large production of sugar cane, bananas and wine. In Calheta, you will find one of the two man-made, golden, sandy beaches that Madeira has to offer. You will have the opportunity to visit the Engenho da Calheta, a sugar cane factory, where you can admire how sugar cane rum is made and have the opportunity to walk around the distillery. Then continue your trip to Ponta do Pargo. See the lighthouse at Madeira's most western point where you can relax and enjoy the magnificent views over the Atlantic. Ponta do Pargo is also where you will have your lunch break stop. There are various snack bars, restaurants and coffee shops where you can have lunch.   After lunch you will make your way through Estreito de Câmara de Lobos towards Funchal.

Funchal: Pico do Arieiro Sunset Tour with Sushi and Drinks

10. Funchal: Pico do Arieiro Sunset Tour with Sushi and Drinks

We pick you up directly in your hotel or accomodation around 5 pm (6h30 pm on summer) and we go directly to savour our 50 piece sushi dinner (per booking of 2 people) near Pico do Arieiro , where we can enjoy the food and drinks with some privacy before heading up to the top of Pico do Arieiro. In Pico do Arieiro we can see the Sun setting in the most beautiful settings with shades of orange, pink and red skies from above the clouds. Before the sunset you can walk around Pico do Arieiro for a while to find the ideal spot for the sunset or even to explore the peaks before it gets dark. We can always accomodate different dietary preferences if informed beforehand, we want you to have the best experience. After you enjoy this experience we drive back to your hotel after an unique evening of sunset, and great quality of food , wine and beer If the weather/visibility conditions aren´t the best we change the tour to the West tip of the Island, the Lighthouse of Ponta do Pargo in Calheta or the mountains near Rabacal where we can enjoy a great sunset as well. Our Dinner: Top Grade Quality Sushi with 50 pieces (per booking of 2 people) of sashimi, hot rolls , among others. Homemade local food and snacks Traditional bread sliced, crackers, toast. We have vegan/vegetarian options if informed beforehand Drinks (alcoholic) : Red Wine, White Wine, Rosé Wine, Green Wine, Beer Drinks (non alcoholic) : Beer (no alcohol version), Coca Cola, Orange Juice, Passion Fruit Soda. We can have different options if asked beforehand.

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Our most recommended things to do in Calheta, Madeira

Funchal: Porto Moniz, Fanal Forest and Cabo Girao Jeep Tour

Funchal: Porto Moniz, Fanal Forest and Cabo Girao Jeep Tour

Embarking from Funchal city to the enchanting landscapes of São Vicente on Madeira’s North Coast. Our first stop takes us to São Vicente's waterfall, a delicate cascade that resembles a bride's veil. Continuing our adventure, we travel across the coastal town of Seixal, a hidden treasure with a black volcanic sand beach voted 3erd Best Beach in Europe. Our path then leads us to the secret place of Poças das Lesmas, where time stands still among ancient lava rock formations that emerge against the Atlantic Ocean. Our journey proceeds to Porto Moniz, where natural volcanic pools are waiting for us to immerse yourself in the beauty of this unique place. Our adventure takes a thrilling turn as we head to Fanal, navigating off-road trails into the peaceful and magical Laurissilva Forest that reveals itself in front of you; a living testament of over 20 million years of natural evolution. Continuing our journey we go through Paúl da Serra, the largest plateau on the island (1400 mts above sea level) with incredible views over the Atlantic Ocean and above the clouds. Then Cabo Girão awaits, standing proudly as one of the highest sea cliffs in the world at 580 metres. The Skywalk viewpoint promises a breathtaking panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean, Câmara de Lobos and the city of Funchal.

From Calheta: Madeira Whale and Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

From Calheta: Madeira Whale and Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

Glide around Madeira Island as you search for whales and dolphins by speedboat. Experience close encounters with the island's wildlife and follow the guidance of your local crew to approach animals with awareness. Meet your speedboat crew at the port and aboard a modern and highly efficient whale watching vessel. The speedboat's silent engines are ideal for wildlife watching as they cause little disturbance to the sensitive hearing of whales and dolphins. Once aboard, tour the sea around Madiera Island and beyond as your speed boat takes you to far distances for an optimal marine-watching experience.

From Calheta: Whale and Dolphin Watching RIB Boat Tour

From Calheta: Whale and Dolphin Watching RIB Boat Tour

Discover magnificent marine creatures in their natural habitat with this boat tour. After boarding your boat, set off on a 2-hour journey of discovery as you venture into the Atlantic ocean and get close to some of the most amazing animals on the planet.  Aboard the "rib" boat, you can quickly reach where the animals are, and increase your chances of seeing more species on your trip. With the help of an experienced spotter, you can make the most of your experience with up-to-date information about where the whales and dolphins are. During the boat trip, you will be accompanied by an experienced crew, who will inform you about the marine life around Madeira island. From the boat, you can also take in fantastic views of Madeira island. 

Porto Santo: Pirates and Corsairs Guided Island Tour

Porto Santo: Pirates and Corsairs Guided Island Tour

A tour around the island, where you will learn the story of Porto Santo, and why it was so important for the Portugueses and Human kind. We will help you discover how the people of the island would live on those days with the constants attacks of the pirates and corsairs. A fun an excited way to visit all the island for all members of the family. Discover the most beautiful and well know places on Porto Santo and get to know about their history. You may visit: Calheta beach, Miradouro das flores, Zimbralinho, Morenos, miradouro dos morenos, sand dunes, Fonte da areia, Pedregal, miradouro da Portela, miradouro do Pico Castelo.

Madeira: 2.5-Hour Whale and Dolphin-Watching Cruise

Madeira: 2.5-Hour Whale and Dolphin-Watching Cruise

Embark on a 2.5-hour cruise on a comfortable yacht equipped with a cabin and a restroom, sundeck, sofas, and a sunshade, for a relaxing experience you won't forget. Make the most of this experience as you explore Madeira’s coastline and the small villages, set in natural valleys. You can contemplate the amazing coastline of the Southwestern part of Madeira Island, as your guides introduce you to the magic of the ocean and the amazing whales and dolphins that visit the area. This observation will be conducted with the animals' well-being in mind. You can swim and snorkel in the warm crystal clear waters of Madeira island, admiring its rocky bottom and marine life along the way. On your journey back, you can reminisce about your adventure whilst sunbathing and chilling out on board with a fresh drink.

Madeira: Rabaçal 25 Fountains Levada Walk & Cabo Girão

Madeira: Rabaçal 25 Fountains Levada Walk & Cabo Girão

Rabaçal is an unique and magical place full of waterfalls and fountains. This levada walk is the most famous and beautiful in Madeira Island. This experience will start with a three (3) hours walk (approximately) including a 800 mts through a volcanic rock tunnel leading us to the northern side covered by an evergreen forest providing great landscapes and wonderful sensations. On this hike, we will have the opportunity to admire beautiful waterfalls carved in ancient valleys, natural spring water and its endemic species of fauna and flora (Laurissilva Forest). After this great walk, we will have a lunch break (lunch not included) in a typical Madeiran restaurant at Paúl da Serra, the biggest plateau of the island at nearly 1400 mts high with stunning views. Later on, we go downhill through a fantastic off-road expedition to the South Coast, where you will see and enjoy the fragrance of the exotic eucalyptus forest. Continuing by the coast, we go to Cabo Girão with the highest sea cliff of europe at 580 mts, known by its suspended glass floor viewpoint which offers a spectacular panoramic view over the Atlantic Ocean , Câmara de Lobos and Funchal (2 € p/p not included).

Funchal: Thrilling Speedboat tour - Madeira sparkling waters

Funchal: Thrilling Speedboat tour - Madeira sparkling waters

Secure your voyage to Funchal’s sea thrills and marine wonders. As the engine roars to life and the coastline becomes a blur, feel the rush of the ocean wind and the thrill of the waves beneath you. Our state-of-the-art speedboat slices through the azure waters, glide past Madeira’s stunning cliffs, verdant terraces, and secluded coves. Our knowledgeable guides ensure a blend of excitement and education, sharing intriguing tales and facts about Madeira’s marine life and geography. Whether you’re seeking the thrill of high-speed navigation, hoping for a unique view of Madeira’s coastline, or simply looking to feel the ocean’s power firsthand, our Funchal speedboat tour promises an unforgettable experience. Hold tight, adventurers – Madeira’s wonders await at full throttle. Embark on an exhilarating speedboat tour in the sparkling waters of Funchal, Madeira !

Fanal Forest Exploration Tour + Sunset with Food and Drinks

Fanal Forest Exploration Tour + Sunset with Food and Drinks

Experience the Unesco Protected Forest of Fanal. The Mystical Forest with the ancient Laurel Trees, many being over 100 years of age. In this tour you can fully explore the forest at your own leisure. You can meditate, relax, connect yourself with Nature. Enjoy some Local food and other Homemade Food accompanied by Drinks after e.xperiencing the forest. After this we finish the tour by overlooking some nice views over Calheta and the Southwest coast by the area of Rabaçal and enjoying the Sunset from there.

From Funchal: Madeira South Coast Full-Day Tour

From Funchal: Madeira South Coast Full-Day Tour

On this tour, you will go through peaceful and beautiful villages by the sea and will be taken on a wonderful journey. The villages of Ponta do Sol, Calheta and Estreito da Calheta are very well known for their large production of sugar cane, bananas and wine. In Calheta, you will find one of the two man-made, golden, sandy beaches that Madeira has to offer. You will have the opportunity to visit the Engenho da Calheta, a sugar cane factory, where you can admire how sugar cane rum is made and have the opportunity to walk around the distillery. Then continue your trip to Ponta do Pargo. See the lighthouse at Madeira's most western point where you can relax and enjoy the magnificent views over the Atlantic. Ponta do Pargo is also where you will have your lunch break stop. There are various snack bars, restaurants and coffee shops where you can have lunch.   After lunch you will make your way through Estreito de Câmara de Lobos towards Funchal.

Funchal: Pico do Arieiro Sunset Tour with Sushi and Drinks

Funchal: Pico do Arieiro Sunset Tour with Sushi and Drinks

We pick you up directly in your hotel or accomodation around 5 pm (6h30 pm on summer) and we go directly to savour our 50 piece sushi dinner (per booking of 2 people) near Pico do Arieiro , where we can enjoy the food and drinks with some privacy before heading up to the top of Pico do Arieiro. In Pico do Arieiro we can see the Sun setting in the most beautiful settings with shades of orange, pink and red skies from above the clouds. Before the sunset you can walk around Pico do Arieiro for a while to find the ideal spot for the sunset or even to explore the peaks before it gets dark. We can always accomodate different dietary preferences if informed beforehand, we want you to have the best experience. After you enjoy this experience we drive back to your hotel after an unique evening of sunset, and great quality of food , wine and beer If the weather/visibility conditions aren´t the best we change the tour to the West tip of the Island, the Lighthouse of Ponta do Pargo in Calheta or the mountains near Rabacal where we can enjoy a great sunset as well. Our Dinner: Top Grade Quality Sushi with 50 pieces (per booking of 2 people) of sashimi, hot rolls , among others. Homemade local food and snacks Traditional bread sliced, crackers, toast. We have vegan/vegetarian options if informed beforehand Drinks (alcoholic) : Red Wine, White Wine, Rosé Wine, Green Wine, Beer Drinks (non alcoholic) : Beer (no alcohol version), Coca Cola, Orange Juice, Passion Fruit Soda. We can have different options if asked beforehand.

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