Things to do in Camacha, Portugal

Our most recommended things to do in Camacha, Portugal

Madeira East Island Tour and Levada Walk

1. Madeira East Island Tour and Levada Walk

This tour of the east side of Madeira island is designed to show guests how truly magical it is. Come and be awed by its spectacular beauty. To begin the day, pick-up is from the hotel at 8:00 to 9:00. The first stop will be at a viewpoint above Funchal. Continue to Camacha, famous for its beautiful wicker works, and stop to have a look around and then take a scenic drive up to Poiso where the start of the Laurissilva forest can be found. After this, make your way to the majestic views of Pico do Arieiro. Pico do Arieiro is the third highest peak on the island, standing 1818 meters. Next is what some consider to be the most beautiful spot on the island, Ribeiro Frio. Here you will visit a trout farm and do a levada walk to the Balcões. Following the walk, make your way to Santana to see its famous A-framed cottages and then continue along the northern coastal road to Faial. Stop for lunch in the northern part of the island. After lunch, carry on to the eastern part of the island, to the famous viewpoint of Pico do Facho. From here you will have incredible views of Ponta de São Lourenco, Machico and the airport. On a good day one can see the Desertas Islands as well Porto Santo, the small island adjacent to Madeira. The last stop will be a famous viewpoint above Machico. You will arrive back to Funchal by 17:00.

From Funchal: Santana and Pico do Areeiro East Island Tour

2. From Funchal: Santana and Pico do Areeiro East Island Tour

Explore the wonders of Madeira on this guided minibus trip from Funchal to the east side of the island. Visit Camacha, Pico do Areeiro, Ribeiro Frio, Faial, Machico, and more. Enjoy a long stop in the village of Santana to see local life and have time for lunch. Enjoy a great start to the tour by visiting Camacha, one of the most rural and rustic villages in Madeira where folklore is still hugely in practice. Camacha makes Madeira world-renowned for its industry of wicker and cane. The next stop is Pico do Areeiro, the third highest peak on the island with an altitude of 1818 m, where you can take in unbeatable 360-degree island views. Often, rocky formations can be seen to be piercing through the clouds creating one-of-a-kind visuals and photo opportunities. Next, move on to Ribeiro Frio (meaning cold river). Ribeiro Frio is a small village situated in the heart of the Laurissilva forest. It is the largest surviving area of laurel forest in the world and is believed to be 90% primary forest. In this classified UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site, you can enjoy a variety of plants and species in their natural habitat. Get the chance to also observe a trout farm made up (as naturally as possible) of stone enclosures and fresh flowing levada water, set against a backdrop of pure nature. The tour continues to Faial, where you can view the imposing rock of Penha de Águia, which separates Faial from Porto da Cruz. With a lengthy stop at the village of Santana next, you will have ample time for lunch and to see Madeira’s world-famous typical thatched roved triangular houses, painted in happy primary colors. Pass by Portela en route to Ponta São Lourenço, which is situated in the most eastern part of the island. Take in the unique landscape characterized by the fantastic combination of rocks, sea, and nature. Your final stop is the larger city of Machico, the first area of the Island that the Portuguese navigators came across. Later, return round-trip to your pickup location in Funchal. 

Madeira: Paradise Valley Levada Walk

3. Madeira: Paradise Valley Levada Walk

Depart Funchal and journey to the start of your walk along the century-old Levada Da Serra do Faial, also known as "Paradise Valley." Start in the Vale do Paraíso and hike towards Rochão, passing through a hidden forest and spectacular gardens along the way. See some of the cultivated terraces of the island, and get a panoramic view of the village of Camacha. Observe different species of flora and fauna and listen to the sounds of nature. Experience the island from a different perspective and escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Madeira: Jeep 4x4 Old Forest Safari Tour with Pico Arieiro

4. Madeira: Jeep 4x4 Old Forest Safari Tour with Pico Arieiro

Explore Madeira Island in a unique and active way on this Land Rover 4x4 trip. Prepare to see breathtaking views, visit hidden places that you can’t reach by yourself, and collect memories you’ll never forget. Visit the Laurissilva Forest and Pico do Arieiro. Start your trip by departing from Funchal in the direction of Camacha Village, where you can visit the basketwork factory. Then, continue through Vale Paraíso towards Poiso with an altitude of 1412 meters. Climb through the mountains to Pico do Arieiro, Madeira’s third-highest peak at a height of 1,818 meters. This is one of the most beautiful places in Madeira, with unbeatable views of the island. Stay here for a while and walk around. Later, descend to Ribeiro Frio and reach the Laurissilva Forest to visit the trout nursery. Continue the adventure along old paths passing Cedro Gordo and Cruzinhas until you reach the Village de Santana where you’ll get to visit the typical straw houses (colmo). After this stop, descend to the village of Faial with views down to the sea, then continue towards Ponta de São Lourenço in the east of Madeira. This part of the Island is much drier and arid, but with a unique beauty due to its cliffs and colors. End your trip with drop-off back in Funchal.

Madeira: Guided and Private Tour of Jasmine Tea House

5. Madeira: Guided and Private Tour of Jasmine Tea House

Experience a scenic drive from your accommodation to the the middle point between Curral do Romeiros and Camacha. Choose from an eclectic selection of English teas, coffees, and English cakes. Sip and savor the flavors in the serene garden of the tea house, or warmup by the fireplace inside. Take a small Levada walk to experience a cultural activity of Madeira. Set out along an old road to the top of the city of Funchal and soak in the view from Curral dos Romeiros. Visit the tallest religious statue on the island, the Lady of Peace.

Madeira: Private East Island Tour with King Christ Visit

6. Madeira: Private East Island Tour with King Christ Visit

The tour starts with pickup from your accommodation in either Funchal or Caniço. After pickup, head toward’s one of Madeira’s most famous icons, the King Christ statue, the first statue of its kind in the world. Next, visit Camacha, a parish with the nickname “The Land of the Wicker”, and marvel at the fascinating furniture and baskets made from wicker using traditional techniques. Continue on to Pico do Areeiro next to admire the breathtaking views of the Madeira mountains. Take some time to appreciate this stunning landscape and snap some photos for your holiday album. Next, head down to Ribeiro Frio and watch the fishermen farming for trout, or opt to take a walking tour in the island’s famous Levadas. Next, travel to some of Eastern Madeira’s most precious viewpoints, São Roque do Faial and Portela, and then visit the Santo da Serra Park to admire more landscapes across the northeast. The last stop of the trip is a visit to the city of Santa Cruz, also known as the “Door of Madeira”.

From Funchal: Madeira Island Private Jeep 4x4 Tour

7. From Funchal: Madeira Island Private Jeep 4x4 Tour

Discover the best of Madeira Island with this Jeep safari tour. Customize the route to see the Sea, Mountains, Cliffs, and Laurissilva Forest (North-East part of the island). Leave Funchal in the direction of the village da Camacha where you can visit the basketwork factory. Continue through Vale Paraíso towards Poiso with an altitude of 1412m and climb through the mountains to Pico do Arieiro at a height of 1818m for mesmerizing panoramic views. Then, descend to Ribeiro Frio in the Laurissilva Forest and visit the trout nursery. Continue your adventure along old paths passing Cedro Gordo and Cruzinhas until you reach the Village de Santana to explore the typical straw houses (Colmo). Descend to the village of Faial for amazing views down to the sea and then continue towards Ponta de São Lourenço in the east of Madeira. Finish off with a transfer back to Funchal.

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What people are saying about Camacha, Portugal

Overall rating

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based on 696 reviews

We had a great time travelling around the island with Lucy. She showed us the best spots around Madeira while telling us about its history, culture, and best spots to visit after the tour. Her positive vibes and previous experience working as a mountain guide make her the perfect person to show you around.

Really nice tour of east Madeira. The destinations were all worth seeing. A highlight was the female tour guide. She was an original, drove well and safely, informed about various interesting facts and was absolutely flexible to the wishes of the small tour group (only 8 people).

This tour was amazing from 9 until 18pm , our tour guide Toni was the funniest he told us so many interesting facts about madeira, the plants, animals… we learned a lot on this tour. I recommend to go on minimum 2 tours when you’re in Madeira.

A fantastic tour and Lucy is the perfect guide, speaks all kinds of languages.

lovely tour of the Eastern side of the island. Miguel was a great guide.