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Madeira Dramatic West Coast Tour with Lunch in Porto Moniz
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Madeira Dramatic West Coast Tour with Lunch in Porto Moniz

Madeira's magnificent scenery takes centre stage on this full day tour. You'll visit a selection of highlights including picturesque Ribeira Brava Village, Porto Moniz, Paúl da Serra and Encumeada Pass. Mariana, one of our expert local guides, says, ‘You'll get to know the true drama of Madeira's landscapes. You might be lucky enough to see the ocean both to the north and the south from Encumeada Pass, but the highest points on the island do sometimes catch the clouds.'Your first destination will be the cute Ribeira Brava Village, with its appealing, seafront promenade behind the beach. The views along the valley towards the island's interior give a hint of the impressive landscapes you'll explore when you head inland. Mariana adds, ‘You'll see as you travel around that no patch of fertile land is wasted in Madeira – even the steep hillsides around Ribiera Brava are terraced to cultivate crops.' Then, it's time for a stroll through a banana plantation in Madalena do Mar.Next, we'll head up the 1,500m-high Paúl da Serra plateau before descending on Porto Moniz, famous for its natural lava rock swimming pools. A typical lunch freshly prepared with local produce awaits in the village. Then, crossing north to south, we'll venture over the Encumeada Pass for some knockout views across the island. Rounding off the day is a poncha drink demonstration and tasting in Câmara de Lobos – a favourite holiday spot of Winston Churchill. Mariana says, ‘Be careful – poncha is so fruity and refreshing, but it hides a serious brandy kick.'

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en, fr, nl 

Madeira South Coast Cruise on Living Sea with Lunch
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Madeira South Coast Cruise on Living Sea with Lunch

Madeira's southwest coast is the star of this all-inclusive cruise. After setting out from the port in Funchal, you'll head up the coast to Cais da Lapa for some swimming. The best part is that with a maximum of 52 guests on board, you'll have all the space and attentive service you need.

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es, en, fr, pt 

Enchanting East Madeira Tour with Lunch in Santana
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Enchanting East Madeira Tour with Lunch in Santana

The knockout natural beauty of eastern Madeira is in the spotlight on this full day tour. You'll have your head in the clouds at Pico do Areeiro, walk next to cute thatched houses in Santana, have lunch at Quinta do Furão and step back in time at Ponta de São Lourenço.

free cancellation
Available in:

en, fr, nl 

Pico do Arieiro Sunrise Tour with Local Breakfast
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Pico do Arieiro Sunrise Tour with Local Breakfast

Seeing sunrise from the top of one of Madeira's highest peaks will have you reaching for your camera over and over again. And this exclusive morning trip to Pico do Arieiro promises just that – views over Madeira during the mystical first light of the day, followed by a warming breakfast.

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en, pt 

Eastern Madeira Sustainable Tour in a 4x4 with Lunch
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Eastern Madeira Sustainable Tour in a 4x4 with Lunch

Set off on a sustainable 4x4 tour that gives back to the local economy and helps keep Madeira green. Your action-packed day takes in gems like Pico do Areeiro, UNESCO-listed laurel forests and Funchal Ecological Park. What's more, you'll do it all with the help of a local expert. Rúben, one of our guides, says, ‘Wild and untamed nature is Madeira's most precious treasure. Make memories with an experience that the world will thank you for.'During the months of October to April, your first stop is at Funchal Ecological Park, where a sustainable activity will take place, contributing to the conservation of the endemic flora of the Island and the eradication of invasive species. From May to September a visit to a historic water mill or an organic farm will be on offer instead. Next, we'll visit the towering Pico do Areeiro. One of the highest peaks on the island, it boasts wow-factor panoramas over the Atlantic Ocean.Heading off-road towards the north, you'll zigzag through an ancient laurel forest – a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999 – on scenic trails towards the mountain town of Santana to see its steep-roofed, straw-thatched homes. After a well-deserved lunch break in a typical local restaurant, we'll round off with a pit stop at a nearby viewpoint, offering knockout coastal panoramas all the way to Madeira's easternmost point, the São Lourenço peninsula.

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en, pt 

Madeira 4x4 Tour and Wine Tasting Experience
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Madeira 4x4 Tour and Wine Tasting Experience

Book here for an epic 4x4 tour combining Madeiran wine, nature and some thrilling off-roading. Visit Cabo Girão and São Vicente valley, plus a winery.

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en, pt 

VIP Madeira Catamaran Cruise on Luna
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VIP Madeira Catamaran Cruise on Luna

As soon as you step aboard the Sailing Catamaran Luna, you'll get the VIP treatment. The best part is that with a maximum of 18 guests on board, you'll have all the space and attentive service you need to enjoy your time at sea. Rodrigo, one of our expert local guides, says, ‘You pass by Cabo Girão, the second-highest sea cliffs in the world. The viewpoint at the top is often really busy, so you can enjoy seeing the cape from an alternative – and much calmer – perspective.'Madeira's southwest coast is the star of this laidback cruise, and after setting out from Funchal port, you'll head up the less-explored coast to take in the views. Settle in on deck with a cold drink in hand, and feel the Atlantic breeze in your hair. You'll glide along the intensely green coastline – soon coming upon Cabo Girão, which towers out of the sea at a height of 580 metres. You'll get to look for marine life in the clear waters at the foot of the cliffs, while the crew are on hand with drinks and snacks.Rodrigo adds, ‘While you admire Madeira's rugged coastal scenery from the sleek deck of the catamaran, you'll be glad to realise how stable and comfortable this vessel is, which allows you to fully enjoy the experience without any worries.' Make the most of the VIP on-board experience with your group before sailing back down the coastline back to base.

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en 

Northwest Madeira 4x4 Tour with Laurisilva Forest and Lunch
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Northwest Madeira 4x4 Tour with Laurisilva Forest and Lunch

Taking in coastal gems, wild forests and sustainable producers, this 4x4 tour showcases Madeira's adventurous side. You'll experience the drama of Madeira's scenery from up close and get an insight into the island's culture, too. Ruben, one of our expert local guides, says, ‘Get ready to learn the secrets of mixing poncha, the much-loved island tipple made with sugar cane rum, fresh juice and local honey. Be careful, though – poncha's fruity, refreshing taste hides a serious kick.'Starting off in Ponta do Sol, you'll get great views of the south coast from Paul da Serra, 1400m above sea level. Then it's on to Fanal, where some of the oldest Laurel trees on the island grow. Ruben says, ‘Madeira's laurel forests are the largest surviving area of primary laurisilva woods anywhere. Some of the trees are thought to be around 800 years old, and the ecosystem is largely intact. These forests host around 100 endemic species, and they are protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.'Rumble past typical ‘poios' terraced farmland en route to Seixal beach for a swim. After this, we'll head to Chão da Ribeira to savour a tasty local lunch. Chef Sérgio will show you how to make the classic grilled beef skewer, known in Portuguese as ‘espetada', while you enjoy a glass of Madeira Wine as an apéritif. There's also a vegan burger option. To wrap up your tour, we'll visit São Vicente to meet an organic honey producer. Here, you'll learn all about honey production, and you'll try your hand at making Madeira's traditional drink, poncha.

free cancellation
Available in:

en 

Eastern Madeira Private Tour
Excursions & day trips

Eastern Madeira Private Tour

This exclusive private tour shines a light on the east of Madeira. You'll have your head in the clouds at Pico do Areeiro, walk next to cute thatched houses in Santana, have lunch at Quinta do Furão and step back in time at Ponta de São Lourenço.

free cancellation
Available in:

de, en 

Madeira Private 4x4 Tour and Wine Tasting
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Madeira Private 4x4 Tour and Wine Tasting

On this exclusive private tour, you'll combine Madeiran wine and nature with some thrilling off-road adventure. You'll journey along rugged mountain roads to Cabo Girão and the São Vicente valley, then stop for a wine tasting session at Quinta do Barbusano vineyard.

free cancellation
Available in:

en, pt 

Private Madeira Dramatic West Coast Tour with Lunch in Porto Moniz
Excursions & day trips

Private Madeira Dramatic West Coast Tour with Lunch in Porto Moniz

This private tour shines the spotlight on Madeira's magnificent inland areas and coastal scenery. Exclusively for you and your party, you'll visit highlights including Ribeira Brava village, Porto Moniz, Paúl da Serra and Encumeada Pass. Mariana, one of our expert local guides, says, ‘You'll get to know the true drama of Madeira's landscapes. You might be lucky enough to see the ocean both to the north and the south from Encumeada Pass, but the highest points on the island do sometimes catch the clouds.'Your first destination will be the cute Ribeira Brava Village, with its appealing, seafront promenade behind the beach. The views along the valley towards the island's interior give a hint of the impressive landscapes you'll explore when you head inland. Mariana adds, ‘You'll see as you travel around that no patch of fertile land is wasted in Madeira – even the steep hillsides around Ribiera Brava are terraced to cultivate crops.' Then, it's time for a stroll through a banana plantation in Madalena do Mar.Next, we'll head up the 1,500m-high Paúl da Serra plateau before descending to Porto Moniz, famous for its natural lava rock swimming pools. A typical lunch freshly prepared with local produce awaits in the village. Then, crossing north to south, we'll venture over the Encumeada Pass for some knockout views across the island. Rounding off the day is a poncha drink demonstration and tasting in Câmara de Lobos – a favourite holiday spot of Winston Churchill. Mariana says, ‘Be careful – poncha is so fruity and refreshing, but it hides a serious brandy kick.'

free cancellation
Available in:

de, en 

Rabaçal Valley Walking Tour
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Rabaçal Valley Walking Tour

One of the most popular walks in Madeira, the 11 km-long ‘25 fountains' levada walk will lead you through magical landscapes to waterfalls, a small lake and flowing springs. You'll journey from Paul da Serra into the Rabaçal Valley and along the levada to Risco waterfall and the 25 natural springs.

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de, en, fr, pt 

Introducing Madeira

All rocky peaks, seas teeming with marine life and historic towns, Madeira puts nature in the spotlight. Head to the coastline, and you can dive, sail, surf, fish and watch wild whales. Meanwhile, inland, you can hike along the iconic levadas, lie back in the sun on beaches such as Santa Cruz, Machico, Caniço de Baixo or Cristo Rei. Wherever you go on the island, you’re likely to be surrounded by standout views and friendly locals.

Top six things to do in Madeira

1. Explore the capital, Funchal

In the capital, Funchal, you’ll discover a historic city that marries past and present. Visit the gardens, the cathedral, the Mercado dos Lavradores or simply stroll along the new promenade. Marvel at the architecture details of an older Funchal at Rua de Santa Maria, and get your camera out to capture the bizarre geometry of the yellow São Tiago fortress.

2. Hike Madeira’s highest peaks

Pico de Arieiro is Madeira’s third-highest peak – it’s a popular spot to watch the sunrise and sunset. Head out on a clear day to be rewarded with spectacular vistas of Madeira and next-door Porto Santo Island. From the summit, you can take the footpath passing through Pico Las Torres to Pico Ruivo, the highest peak on the island. This 13-kilometre route is strenuous and can be made difficult by the weather, so it’s best to do this trip as part of a guided tour.

3. Walk the levadas

The levadas are irrigation channels dating from way back in the 15th century. Built to transport water from the heart of Madeira’s forests to the drier parts of the island, today, they provide an unrivalled network of walking paths in remote and scenic locations. The Levada das 25 Fontes and the Levada do Caldeirão Verde are among the most popular routes.

4. Get out on the water

From relaxing boat cruises to high-octane activities, the waters off Madeira are ideal for watersports. Activities range from sailing, paddle-boarding and kayaking to surfing and big-game fishing. The Garajau Nature Reserve is a fantastic place to snorkel and scuba dive. Here, you can expect to see manta rays and large fish, such as giant groupers and barracudas.

5. Watch whales and dolphins in the wild

Madeira is one of the best places in Europe to see whales and dolphins in their natural habitat. Many different species make their homes in the waters surrounding Madeira, so no matter what time of year you visit, you’ve got a great chance of spotting some. Book a wild whale and dolphin-spotting cruise in Madeira for an unforgettable experience.

6. Tuck into the island’s food and wine

Get to know the island’s culinary scene by joining a food tour. Taste freshly caught fish, try bolo do caco – a Madeiran flatbread – and sip poncha, a traditional alcoholic drink made from sugarcane, honey and citrus juice. Wine-lovers can head to one of the island’s vineyards to taste a wide range of high-quality wines, including the fortified tipple that takes its name from the island – Madeira.