Gain a deep understanding of the geology and landscape of Madeira Island on this specialized half-day tour from Funchal. Observe the action of volcanism and erosion on local topology. See geologic formations such as recent volcanic cones and fossil dunes.
What to Expect
Explore the geological evolution of Madeira Island on this specialized half-day tour from Funchal.
The evolution of Madeira Island and its present landscape has been and is still being stamped by two enormous forces: volcanism and erosion. This half-day tour will provide you a chance to explore the evolution of the island, through the local geodiversity.
First you will visit the northern coastline and observe examples of the erosive forces still acting and outlining the morphology of the island, such as river valleys, weathering of steep cliffs and rock beaches. Here you can find several geological structures showing the volcanic origin of the island, such as basaltic columnar jointing, intrusion and flows of different kind of volcanic rocks.
Moving on to the east side of the island, you will arrive at the Sao Lourenco peninsula, which is undergoing intense marine erosion. The peninsula is distinguished morphologically by its low altitude and smooth relief, in contrast to the rest of the island. Here, geology will show you how the island will look in years to come. This is one of the places on Madeira Island displaying interesting geologic formations, recent volcanic cones, fossil dunes, organic fossil elements, alteration of basaltic rocks, and spheroid or 'onion skin' erosion.
- Naturalist guide
- Field guides and maps
- Personal insurance
- Pick-up at hotel from Funchal and Caniço
Know Before You Go
- Recommendations: Appropriate shoes, warm/water proof jacket, hat, sunscreen
- Minimum of 2 persons needed to run the activity. Bookings of 1 person accepted.
- Please contact for availability on other days or to request alternative pick-up place