Excursions in Madeira
Funchal Camacha - Pico do Areeiro Santana Machico.
The chance to visit the Peaks of Madeira and experience the contrast between East and West. Leaving Funchal, towards the village of Camacha, we will stop at Abrigo do Pastor - an opportunity to sample a typical drink (payable locally), and then climbing to Pico do Arieiro, for some amazing views over the volcanic mountains - Pico do Arieiro is the second highest peak on the island located at 1810m, and the highest accessible by vehicle.
Between the sea and the mountains there is an eco-friendly means of transport - the Cable car! There are a total of 39 cabins, with a capacity of up to 800 passengers per hour, one way.
The steep journey is approximately 3,200 meters long, climbing up a height of 560 meters, and the journey takes 15 minutes one way.
Câmara de Lobos Jardim da Serra - Boca dos Namorados Cabo Girão.
In this jeep tour youll find some hidden corners in Madeiras mountains that will allow you to enjoy some great scenery.
Driving west, passing through Estreito de Camara de Lobos and Jardim da Serra, for some amazing views of the village of Curral das Freiras the Nuns Valley, and the famous place Boca dos Namorados the Lovers Nest.
After enjoying fantastic views of the Island, the tour continues along unspoilt, peaceful and majestic areas that can only be reached by 4WD vehicles, going by Quinta Grande and reaching Cabo Girão - the highest sea cliff in Europe and the second highest in the world (580m above sea level), where a glass-floored viewing platform was installed in 2012, offering amazing vistas all around.
Discover beautiful Funchal from the top of an open top double-decker bus!
The open top double-decker tour provides spectacular 360 degree panoramic views of the city and highlights key attractions, enabling you to make the most of your stay. Hop on and off at your leisure at any of the stops which are conveniently located along the tour route. Take a stroll along Avenida do Mar, where you will be enchanted by the atmosphere; Hop off at Estrada Monumental for a choice of restaurants and an assortment of shops. Hop off at Rotunda do Infante and discover one of the most historic spots in the island the statue of Portuguese navigator Infante D. Henrique.
You will never be short of things to do in the city. Hop off at Pico dos Barcelos viewpoint to take advantage of a dramatic 360 degree view of the city of Funchal and look out across at, the Deserted Islands in the background.
Serra de Água - Encumeada - São Vicente Porto Moniz - Paúl da Serra - Ponta do Sol Ribeira Brava (Bird watching).
Leaving Funchal and driving through the valley of Serra de Água and Encumeada - a summit where both parts of the island (north and south) can be seen at the same time (weather permitting); visiting a traditional factory were some aspects of the local culture, still prevail, and a chance to try a regional drink (payable locally). Passing the village of São Vicente, to appreciate one of the most beautiful points on the north coast, a road built on the rocks near the sea where one can admire the astonishing waterfalls. Continue to Porto Moniz, the small village known for its volcanic swimming pools. Then the drive follows along the majestic plateau of Paul da Serra, the only one on the island at 1400m. Time for lunch (not included). Carry on to westwards for a visit to Ponta do Sol, before returning to your hotels.
What better way to get to know the island than by private transport, at your own pace and leisure? It is a great opportunity to take a guided tour, whether your choice is the gentler east side of the island, the spectacular west and north coast, or simply a drive to the village of Curral das Freiras.
The Madeira Story Centre is a spectacular modern museum about Madeiras History and culture. It is like a story teller, designed to make your visit a unique experience, the exhibition draws on interactive displays that will allow you to learn about the History of the Island while feeling the environment of the different periods through smells, sounds, interactive games and challenges which will capture your attention and trigger all your senses.
The catamarans Seaborn and Seaborn II offer the opportunity to explore the south coast of Madeira with all modern comforts. Leaving from Funchal bay towards Cabo Girão, passing by the wonderful cliffs of the famous Reids hotel, the Lido area, Praia Formosa and Camara de Lobos, the fishing village, rising from the sea to the mountain enjoy a pleasant trip by catamaran. In the summer and weather permitting, there will be a stop for a swim.
The Desertas Islands are a group of 3 uninhabited islands, about 15 miles southeast of Madeira and are a Natural Reserve, primarily to protect the rarest species of monk seal: Monachus monachus, but is also known as an important sea bird sanctuary. Sailing slowly along the coast, to take in the marvelous scenery of beautiful coloured rocks, dramatic sea cliffs and caves
then anchoring at Doca, for swimming, diving or simply relaxing in this small bay of crystalline water.
After a hot meal, prepared and served on board, itÂ´s time to go ashore on a guided tour.
Be prepared with bathing suit, towel, sun hat, sun glasses and sun protector, as well as a cardigan/sweater, and the camera!
Thanks to its unique location in the mid-Atlantic Ocean, Madeira offers a very special opportunity: the chance to watch whales and dolphins. Just 5km offshore, the ocean floor reaches a depth of more than 3,000m, the water from the coast rapidly falls very deep. It allows watching the ocean creatures swimming next to you, right on the island's doorstep.
The Santa Maria de Colombo is a replica of Christopher Columbuss flagship the Santa Maria. It was built on the island in the late 90s and has since become the most-photographed boat in Madeira. Various television documentaries, both local and international, have been made on board this famous boat, including the Discovery Channel programme, The Quest For Columbus.
Situated in the subtropical gardens of the Pestana Casino Park Resort Hotel, the Casino da Madeira, designed by the famous architect Oscar Niemeyer, is the only casino on the Island. For a special evening out, enjoy the magic of Madeira's leading entertainment, with a three course meal, show and entrance to the gaming rooms. Choose from two excellent shows, Thursdays and Fridays.
With the incredible landscape of lush valleys and high mountains, it's not difficult to see why walking is the most traditional outdoor activity on the island. The levadas are thin channels cut into the rock and over precipices, developed to transport water around the island. They act as important arteries, redirecting water to the drier areas of the island and feeding the fruit orchards, vineyards and gardens.
"Levada" is a Portuguese word derived from the word "levar" - which means to carry and is roughly translated as "carriageway", but more correctly defined as mini-canal. The mini-canals are irrigation systems developed to distribute water from the rainfall heavy and wet regions on the north of the island to the drier sun parched regions of the south. The levadas criss cross the mountains and cover a total distance of 2500 km, and date back to as far as the early 16th century.
The Levada "Walks" are walking trails along the maintenance paths beside the Levadas.
This is an easy and charming walk, along the paths made by man on this area many years ago. You will be able to admire some of the villages on the Northeast coast and have fascinating views of terraced fields and houses, as you walk around this Levada. On this walk, take the time to notice how hard it is for local farmers to get around their crops and lands wondering how they do it.