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From Funchal: Nuns Valley, Monte and Sleigh Ride Tour

1. From Funchal: Nuns Valley, Monte and Sleigh Ride Tour

Depart Funchal and journey to the Pico dos Barcelos to experience one of Madeira's unique viewpoints. Get a breathtaking view of all points of the island, before making your way up to Eira do Serrado. Admire the surrounding chestnut trees and eucalyptus plants of the natural wonderland. The ancient footpaths are still used by locals and tourists, and the narrow road and tunnels can still be seen. From an altitude of 1,094 meters above sea level, you will be able to see across to the Nuns Valley (weather permitting). Isolated from the rest of the island, the Nuns Valley (Curral das Freiras) is surrounded by lava rock and takes its name from the nuns that once inhabited the valley as they fled from pirate attacks during the 16th century. Try some traditional chestnut cake and pastries only found in the region, along with different traditional liquors. Then, go to Monte, one of Madeira´s old touristic stops, and visit the church where the tomb of the Emperor Charles I of Austria can be found. The last of the Habsburg rulers of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, he died in exile on April 1, 1922. Add a little adventure to the day and enjoy an unforgettable 2-kilometer toboggan ride down the old road of Livramento, where the bus will pick you up at the bottom.

Funchal: Explore the City Sights on a Tuk-Tuk 2 Hours Tour

2. Funchal: Explore the City Sights on a Tuk-Tuk 2 Hours Tour

See Funchal's top sites on a guided tuk-tuk tour. Cruise through the Old Town and the new Lido district. View sights like Pico´s Fortress, the Fort of São Tiago, and Funchal Cathedral. Be picked up from your accommodation in Funchal and take in the scenery as you drive up to to the hilltop where Pico´s Fortress is perched. Admire this fortress which once protected the city from pirates and French corsairs. Continue to Quinta Vigia, the bright pink mansion where the island's president resides. Ride to Funchal Cathedral to appreciate its sumptuous Manueline Gothic features.  Stop at the Farmer’s Market where you can peruse the fresh local produce. Finish your tour at Barreirinha´s bar in the old town where you can choose to stop for a refreshing drink or a delicious snack.

Funchal: Guided City Tuk-Tuk Tour

3. Funchal: Guided City Tuk-Tuk Tour

Once aboard your charismatic tuk tuk, you will begin exploring the 15th-century Old Town of Funcha. Discover the doors and walls painted by local artists, as you ride through the narrow streets to Vila Guida. Relax at wonderful viewpoints without the noise of the city, before traveling to the city center to see the statue of Gonçalves Zarco, Town Hall, the cathedral, and other historical buildings. You'll also explore the Mercado dos Lavradores, which is a local farmer's market. Riding up to the hill you will enjoy the views before reaching the Fortress of São João Batista of Pico. The magnificent panoramic views of the city will make for the best introduction for your knowledge of Funchal. Your tour will later conclude with your driver/guide dropping your off wherever you wish in the city center.

Monte: 1 Hour Tuk-Tuk Private Tour with Traditional Toboggan

4. Monte: 1 Hour Tuk-Tuk Private Tour with Traditional Toboggan

Enjoy this adventurous tour of Monte Village and Funchal with an exhilarating toboggan ride at the end. Admire beautifully decorated streets and visit the Church of Our Lady of the Mount. Starting at the Old Town, see the “painted doors” throughout the streets of Santa Maria, where numerous doors were painted by different artists giving this street a unique glow. Also, admire the picturesque details of cobblestone floors and the façades of the old houses on Rue de Santa Maria. Next, continue towards Monte and visit the Church of Our Lady of the Mount. The structure that is visible today for all its visitors was completed back in 1818 and is one of the most sought sites by churchgoers and tourists in general. After visiting Monte, dare to ride some toboggans, more commonly known as “Carreiros do Monte." Toboggan riding was traditionally a means of transportation by locals who wanted to travel quickly from Monte´s village to Funchal. This adventurous and old-fashioned transportation appeared around the 1850s and is still in use today.

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.

Classic Car Revival Tour

6. Classic Car Revival Tour

This classic car revival tour starts at your prefered pickup point. If it starts at your hotel in the hotel area of the city, you will be able to pass the Funchal’s Casino, then the President's House - Quinta Vigia. You will then be close by the Parque de Santa Catarina, which is a huge garden in the heart of Funchal. Then you will be able to pass through the main Avenue, close to the sea, to get to the Municipal Market where you can taste some of the best local and exotic fruits. After visiting the market you will go through the Old Town and the Barreirinha Viewpoint. You will also see the City Hall, the Court, the Saint Evangelist Church, Sé Cathedral, the Municipal Garden, and the Baltazar Teatre. This tour is highly customizable and so you can stop wherever you like.

Funchal: 1 Hour Private City Highlights Tour on a Tuk-Tuk

7. Funchal: 1 Hour Private City Highlights Tour on a Tuk-Tuk

Travel by tuk-tuk on a tour of Funchal and learn more about the history of Madeira. See the fortifications at Pico's Fortress, the Quinta das Cruze's mansion, and the Cathedral of Funchal. Start your tuk-tuk tour in central Funchal and head to the hilltop where Pico's Fortress is perched. Admire this fortress that once protected the city from pirates and French corsairs. Stop at the fortress and hear about the history of this iconic battlement from your local guide. Continue to the manor at Quinta das Cruzes. Find out about the history of this house where the first captain-donee (late-feudal Portuguese administrator) in Funchal resided. Ride to the 16th-century convent of St. Clara and the stunning white church of St. Pedro. Admire the Manueline Gothic characteristics of the Cathedral of Funchal. Finish your tour at Barreirinha's bar in the old town where you can choose to stop for a refreshing drink or a delicious snack.

Camara de Lobos: 1.5-Hour Tour in a Tuk Tuk

8. Camara de Lobos: 1.5-Hour Tour in a Tuk Tuk

Start your tuk-tuk adventure from the convenience of your hotel room in Funchal or cruise dock - here your driver will be to meet you. Set off in your tuk tuk with your informative driver and explore the tourist area of Funchal on your way to the village. Take a scenic drive in which modern buildings slowly turn into banana plants and a superb view over the Atlantic Ocean and the cliffs of Cabo Girão. The fishing village of Camara de Lobos is famous for its picturesque looks, with colorful fishing boats in the dry dock right in the center of the village, a small bay and steep hills crowded with small old buildings. Once in the village you will have the opportunity to explore and learn about its history, culture and try some of the local delicacies. On the way back to Funchal a stop at the volcanic polls of Doca do Cavacas will provide a final view over the ocean and cliffs of Cabo Girão before heading back to your accomodation. 

From Funchal: Garajau Tuk-Tuk Tour with Christ King Statue

9. From Funchal: Garajau Tuk-Tuk Tour with Christ King Statue

Uncover the south coast in Madeira Island with this exhilarating tuk-tuk ride. Find the most breathtaking views Madeira has to offer, right next to one of the most iconic monuments on the island, Garajau’s Christ the King Statue. Begin at Funchal’s old town, uncovering one of the most iconic places of the city. Experience streets filled with stories and characters and buildings that have survived since the 15th century. Stop at one of the most mesmerizing viewpoints, named by locals as “Pináculo." Continue to the east of Funchal to a tiny seaside village known as Garajau. At Garajau, spot the village's Christ King Statue, located in the Cristo Rei Viewpoint. This iconic statue was completed in 1927, just four years before the famous Christ the Redeemer statue in Brazil. After seeing the beautiful sights from above the sea, the tuk-tuk tour continues in the direction of the sea level to visit The Garajau nature reserve, known for its crystalline waters, and its biological richness. From here, the tour concludes its course back to Funchal city.

Funchal: Private Guided Walking Tour

10. Funchal: Private Guided Walking Tour

Begin your private walking tour in the Mercado dos Lavradores. Learn how the history of Madeira and Funchal shaped the city center as you visit the most important points of interest. Visit the main farmer's market to discover regional products. Explore the city’s medieval heart dating from the Golden Age of Sugar and discover the beautiful 17th-century religious monuments. Continue through the Old Town, passing the Sea Avenue and visiting the City Door, once the main gate from the Sea to the Madeiran capital. Next, stop at the famous Funchal Cathedral, visit the interior of the Church, and marvel at its amazing roof and gold carving. Make your way along Avenue Arriaga to see the Palace of São Lourenço and the Marina of Funchal. End the tour in Catarina City Park.

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What people are saying about Funchal

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 153 reviews

The basket toboggan ride and the Nonnental were very nice experiences and just right for the end of the holiday. The pickup with the minibus had been delayed. But were informed via WhatsApp. We also did the sleigh ride first and therefore didn't have to wait and were also brought back to the hotel.

Really enjoyable tour , lots of places visited for a 4 hours trip. Lucy is very knowledgeable and make the trip interesting. Well worth the money , also included toboggan ride, which is fun !

We really appreciated a guide. Liucy told us a lot of interesting things and revealed delicious receptes how to cook polvo a lagareigra and famous bacallau. Thank you very much, Liucy!

Without this tip we would never have seen the nun's valley, fantastic. It's a pity at monte that the memory of emperor karl has become so wild...

The ride with our guide was very nice. Had a good time. Were able to learn a lot about Madeira and try typical baked goods and liqueurs.