Day trip

Madeira: Best of the East Tour from Funchal

Activity provider:Lido Tours
Day trip

Madeira: Best of the East Tour from Funchal

Activity provider:Lido Tours
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Explore the eastern parts of Madeira on a full-day tour from Funchal. Head into the mountain of the Pico do Arieiro and see emblematic thatch roof houses. Stop for lunch in the town of Santana and continue to the Penha d'Águia in Porto da Cruz.

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Duration 8 hours
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Spanish, English, French, German, Portuguese
Pickup included
Free pick-up from selected hotels in the surrounding areas is available.
Private group available


  • Drive to the Pico do Arieiro to experience Madeira's third highest peak
  • Visit Santana, known for its small, thatched triangular houses
  • See Ponta de São Lourenço on the eastern part of Madeira
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Discover the diverse landscapes of Madeira on a day-long tour. Wander charming towns, enjoy panoramic views and learn about the area from your expert guide.

Depart from the meeting point at Funchal's Lido or take advantage of a free hotel pick-up in selected areas. The first stop is at the beautiful viewpoint of Terreiro da Luta, located a few kilometers outside Funchal. Next, drive toward the mountain of Pico do Arieiro. At an altitude of 1,818 meters, the third highest peak on the island offers breathtaking views. Once you've been to the highest drivable peak in Madeira, head back down through the forest on the way to the coast.

Admire some of Madeira's emblematic straw-roof houses, pass pretty villages and get stunning seascape views. Arrive at the very eastern point of the island for some superb panoramas of the north and south coasts. Discover the popular start point for the levada walks, Ribeiro Frio, on the northern slopes of the island. See interesting trout pools and original vegetation. Madeira was once completely covered by laurissilva forest, a relic from prehistoric times. Stop for lunch in Santana, characterized by its small, thatched triangular houses. Past Portela go towards Ponta de São Lourenço, situated in the eastern part of the island. This is a place where a fantastic combination of rocks, sea, and nature combine. The last town to be visited is Machico, a viewpoint where you can look over the bay and the golden sandy beach.

  • Free pick-up and drop off at hotels in the Funchal area
  • All taxes and fuel surcharges
  • Lunch

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Important information

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  • The tour may be changed due to weather conditions, if this happens you will visit a rum factory instead of the Pico do Arieiro

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A very good day out with a guide who provided lots of interesting information as we drove and where we stopped. He conversed in 3 languages and answered questions too. There were several stops for views and also a chance for a toilet stop or a coffee. Some stops were perhaps longer than necessary but good to stretch legs after a tight seat in the minibus.

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May 28, 2023

We enjoyed our trip with Marco, it was very informative and we were able to see many beautiful places we weren’t able to see without renting a car. The van is quite small for people over 1.75m which made it a little uncomfortable for my partner. Other than that we’re very satisfied, recommended!

May 24, 2023

Excellent.. my guide Luciano was fantastic and very funny. I really enjoyed the day... The food at the restaurant was stunningly delicious as well as the poncha in Santana. The Laurassilva forest is one of the musts to visit here and of course also the typical houses in Santana... Ponto a São Lorenço is breathtaking 🤩🤩🤩 I loved it really much

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May 24, 2023

Product ID: 65983