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From Funchal: Ponta de São Lourenço/Caniçal Full-Day Hike

1. From Funchal: Ponta de São Lourenço/Caniçal Full-Day Hike

Join a tranquil walk along a trail at the eastern end of the island in Caniçal, part of the Natural Park of the island. On this full-day walk, take the opportunity to see both the north and south coasts of Madeira. Discover and enjoy the unique fauna and flora, including hundreds of species, or take a moment to explore the curious rock formations, created as a result of the volcanic origin of the island. Witness the rocky and contrasting alternative to the evergreen levada paths. Enjoy magnificent views over the Desertas islands in the south, and Porto Santo to the north, excellent sights which are present all through your walk.  At the end of the walk, take the chance to go for a swim in the clear ocean, making your tour a unique and memorable experience.

Madeira: Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour

2. Madeira: Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour

Look for whales and dolphins and discover other marine life off the beautiful Ponta de São Lourenço coast in Madeira on a small-group boat tour with a crew of marine biologists. Climb aboard the 300 hp engine boat with a sleek design and listen to informative commentary about the sea life and places of interest of Madeira as you start the trip. Encounter different groups of dolphins, whales, and turtles in the water. Marvel as the animals breach and splash about in the water and learn amazing facts about them from your marine biologists guide. See endemic marine birds and get up-close to the unique rock formations on the coast as you speed across large distances in little time. If you are visiting in summer, get the chance to snorkel and swim in Ponta de São Lourenço.

Larano: Mountain/Cliff Walking Tour

3. Larano: Mountain/Cliff Walking Tour

Take part in this fascinating full-day journey, through rich agricultural land and crops from the city of Machico, complemented with superb views over São Lourenço Península, Porto Santo Island and the northeastern coast. In the past, this was the only way to travel from Machico or Caniçal to the village of Porto da Cruz, located in the Northeast. Starting from a lower altitude, you will walk up through the more challenging section of this beautiful path, where you will traverse a section of a cliff and mountain that takes you all the way to the northern part of the island.    Your walk lasts from around 9 AM to 5 PM. The 12-kilometer path takes approximately 4 hours and 30 minutes to complete. Come and explore this beautiful walking tour!

Quinta do Lorde: Kayak Experience to Ponta de São Lourenço

4. Quinta do Lorde: Kayak Experience to Ponta de São Lourenço

Start at Marina Quinta do Lorde with a water taxi to Cais do Sardinha. Your guide will help you with anything you need and share recommendations on the best way to enjoy the kayaks. Then, head off to explore the bay at your own pace by kayak. After kayaking, stay at Cais do Sardinha and enjoy the beach a bit longer before the return boat to Marina Quinta do Lorde. You can also visit the Casa do Sardinha Natur Spot Café to enjoy the views and grab a snack or lunch.

Madeira: Snorkeling Trip Marine Reserve of Garajau

5. Madeira: Snorkeling Trip Marine Reserve of Garajau

Head out for a day of boating and snorkeling along the enchanting coasts and bays Madeira. Begin with a briefing from an experienced snorkel guide, who will show you a map of the area and give you some important information to ensure maximum safety and comfort during the whole trip. If you need a little help with buoyancy, life jackets and wetsuits are available. After the briefing, hop onboard and hold on tight. Travel in just a few minutes by boat along the breathtaking cliffs the Garajau Marine reserve. Stop at the most scenic and naturally abundant spot to go snorkelling, always accompanied by your expert guide. Don't worry if you've never tried snorkelling before – your guide will ensure you know how to use the simple equipment and have a good time in the water. You will be back in Funchal after about 2 hours.

Lighthouse View 2: Ponta de São Lourenço Boat Tour

6. Lighthouse View 2: Ponta de São Lourenço Boat Tour

Embark on a boat trip to admire a 150-year-old lighthouse, the oldest in Madeira Archipelago. See Ilhéu do Desembarcadouro, the North Coast, its beautiful caves and calm bays. This islet is a protected conservation area for its rich biodiversity. The Farol da Ponta de São Lourenço is a lighthouse located on the islet of São Lourenço. It lies on the extreme east of Madeira Island. The lighthouse was built in 1870 on top of a small extinct volcano. Spot several species of animals and plants that are unique to this area along the way. Marvel at the flowering plants of Marmulano, endemic to Madeira Islands. Soak in spectacular views from the Baía d´Abra Viewpoint over Ponta de São Lourenço and its coastline. There are different starting and ending point options for the tour. Choose the one that fits your needs. If you decide to end at Marina da Quinta do Lorde, you will see the Elephant rock before completing the tour.

Full-Day Ponta de São Lourenço - Natural Reserve

7. Full-Day Ponta de São Lourenço - Natural Reserve

This walk runs along the eastern peninsula of Madeira Island, where you can see different vegetation from the rest of the island with its lack of trees and low vegetation such as the Everlasting (Helichrysum devium Johns) and the Ice Flower (Mezembryanthenmum crystallinum).  The Ponta de São Lourenço is classified as a partial natural reserve and part of the European network of important community sites - Natura 2000. At this location, several protected seabirds such as the Cory's shearwater, the Madeiran storm-petrel, the Bulwer’s petrel and the common tern nest here. You can see other bird species such as the Berthelot's pipit, the goldfinch and the canary. Along the way, you will be amazed by the fantastic scenery with Deserted Islands to the south and the Islands of Porto Santo to the north (if the weather permits). From this walk, it is possible to see the northern and southern coasts of Madeira. When arriving to the end of this path, you will reach Casa do Sardinha. After a few minutes of rest, return by the same path.

Quinta do Lord: Baia d'Abra Water Taxi

8. Quinta do Lord: Baia d'Abra Water Taxi

Travel easily between Marina Quinta do Lorde and Cais do Sardinha with this water taxi service. On the horizon to the south you will be able to see the Ilhas Desertas (Deserted Islands) and to the north, the Porto Santo Islands.  You will also be able to enjoy the sea views of Ponta de São Lourenço bay, and the Baía d’Abra. From the pier at Cais do Sardinha you will be able to walk to visit the Casa do Sardinha Natur Spot Café. You can do a one-way tour if you decide to do the walk to Ponta de São Lourenço and want to come back by boat. You can also book a one-way boat in the opposite direction, or a return service to do both.

Madeira: Faja dos Padres Private Sightseeing Tour

9. Madeira: Faja dos Padres Private Sightseeing Tour

faja dos padres is a hidden gem on south of madeira island. it is a small piece land at the foot of a towering cliff, acessible only by cable car. It offers a unique refuge for those who seek tranquility, nature and gastronomy. Today, visitors can enjoy the organic farming, the pebble beach, the cozy cottages and the beachfront restaurant that serves delicious Madeiran cuisine. A small paradise of lush greenery and exotic fruits nestled at the foot of a towering cliff. We will walk around the crops and see the tropical fruits.

Ponta São Lourenço: Private Guided Walk PR8

10. Ponta São Lourenço: Private Guided Walk PR8

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.

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4.7 / 5

based on 43 reviews

We had a really nice day with Charlotte. Thanks to the good weather, we had a perfect view of the great panoramic views of this wonderful landscape, mountains and the sea. Charlotte was very good at explaining the topographical conditions as well as the flora and fauna in an understanding manner. This (in our opinion) moderately difficult hike offers really great views. Our highlight was climbing the summit (optional, only if you wanted) towards the end of the route and a great swim in the crystal clear sea.

Charlotte was a great guide and gave us great information and adjusted the pace well to the age of some of the older group members. It was very interesting and 'slightly' strenuous for normally fit people. The tour along the cliffs was manageable for people with a relatively good head for heights. The sudden rain wasn't so nice, but it wasn't a problem. Conclusion: Gladly again

Charlotte was a great guide (and a very impressive polyglot!) Great hike - you start in Machico and walk along some gorgeous terrain and end in Porto Da Cruz. If you consider yourself to be moderately fit, this should be an easy hike! (The beginning 0.5km or so is the most challenging part, otherwise there is a steep descent into Porto Da Cruz)

I really enjoyed the day, breathtaking scenery, friendly company and Charlotte was an excellent host, I would highly recommend this to anybody visiting the island.

It was such a fabulous day with Charlotte. All the tours and hikes I did with Lido company were fantastic. Very organized .