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Madeira: Old Roads to Calheta Tour

1. Madeira: Old Roads to Calheta Tour

Travel the old roads to discover sea and mountain views on the western coast of Madeira on this tour to Calheta. Enjoy scenic viewpoints, plenty of photo opportunities, and stops for tasting local food and drinks. Along the tour, take in the views over Câmara de Lobos and Cabo Girão, followed by Ribeira Brava, Ponta do Sol, Madalena do Mar, and finally Calheta. Discover places only known by locals and learn information about the spots you visit. There will also be stops in between for optional snacks and drinks. Views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Madeiran Mountains will be a constant backdrop for your tour. Later, get dropped off at a location in the city of Funchal.

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Funchal: Amazing Craters of Fire 4x4 Tour

2. Funchal: Amazing Craters of Fire 4x4 Tour

Enjoy the warmest place of Madeira and what is has to offer. The southwest is the point less visited by foreigners, making all the viewpoints unique. You can admire the lovely scenery freely there without the crowds of tourists around spoiling it. You'll start at Campanário, with tiny 2-way roads making for great adventures. Once at Ponta do Sol, you will take an off-road track up to the plateau which sits at 1,500 meters. This track will see you passing by green mountains, all of which are covered with forests. Following that, stop at Prazeres where you have the option to taste home-made dishes which pack plenty of flavor. You'll then make your way down to the villages near the coastline, where charismatic fishing villages create a contrast with the colors of the sky and mountains. You will see old terraces where people still work with their hands in the production of bananas, sugar cane, and subtropical fruits.

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From Calheta: Ribeira Brava Catamaran Cruise

3. From Calheta: Ribeira Brava Catamaran Cruise

Discover the southwest coast of Madeira Island on a catamaran cruise to Ribeira Brava. See coastal villages and towering cliffs along your journey, stopping for a dip in the open sea once you arrive. Make the most of a trip out at sea and see Madeira from a different perspective. Depart from Calheta Marina and head out to sea, hugging the cliff-lined, lush coastline. Pass by the beautiful Madalena do Mar and Ponta do Sol municipalities on your way. Arrive at Ribeira Brava, one of the largest municipalities on the island, and marvel at its football stadium, which is tucked in the middle of the valley. Stop for a spot of sunbathing on the decks, with a breathtaking valley view of Ribeira Brava as a backdrop. Cool down in the open waters of the sea, before returning to Calheta.

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Madeira Island: Southwest Tour

4. Madeira Island: Southwest Tour

The Southwest tour first stops at Ponta Do Sol, the sunniest part of the island. From this coastal town, you'll continue to Moledos, where you can enjoy the magnificent view over the fishing village of Madelena do Mar. Next stop: Calheta, with its artificial sand beach and sugar cane factory. At Prazeres, you'll visit the Prazeres Educational Farm (Quinta Pedagogica dos Prazeres), housing various animals as well as an array of aromatic herbs. At Ponta do Pargo, discover an incredible lighthouse built in 1922, with the most unique part of the island as your backdrop. In Paúl do Mar you'll find a traditional fishing village which also happens to be a great spot to surf. From the viewpoint above, you can also enjoy the fabulous scenery over the mountains and the Atlantic. 'Ever-pretty' Jardim do Mar is one of three pebble beach villages: Portinho, Enseada and Ponta Jardim. These beaches attract locals and visitors alike in search of the beauty and calm of a natural environment. Tour finishes at Madelena do Mar, a tiny fishing village overlooking the sea cliffs of the southeast coastline. The location and climate help make this the largest banana producing area on the island.

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