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Madeira Walks - Rabaçal and the 25 Fountains

1. Madeira Walks - Rabaçal and the 25 Fountains

Rabaçal is a nature reserve on the island of Madeira that was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. It is an area of intense natural beauty, brimming with waterfalls and unique flora and plant life, all of which you can experience on this wonderful guided walk. The 25 Fountains Walk starts by heading down the biggest valley of Madeira towards the Rabaçal reserve. Along the way you will walk along two of the oldest Madeira levadas each boasting a remarkable evergreen landscape with beautiful waterfalls scattered throughout. The 25 fountains refer to the 25 natural springs you will discover on the walk. Each spring falls into a small crystal clear lake surrounded by dense vegetation. Once you arrive here you may never want to leave! In this paradise-like oasis you'll be immersed in beautiful surronds, listening to the murmuring sounds of the water and the quiet chanting of the birds. For nature lovers this walk is an invitation into a unique and awe-inspiring slice of heaven. Rabaçal is a paradise of waterfalls, lakes and enchanting fountains and there is no better way to experience it than on a guided walk.

Madeira: Folklore Show Tickets with Dinner and Drinks

2. Madeira: Folklore Show Tickets with Dinner and Drinks

Indulge in the simple delights of Madeira cuisine at a restaurant specially chosen for this 2.5-hour evening activity. Experience traditional espetada, marinated beef cooked over the open fire on a fragrant laurel skewer, accompanied by milho frito (golden fried maize), and perhaps mouth-watering, homemade garlic bread. Combine these dishes with delicious wine and energetic entertainment by a local folklore group and you can be assured of a very enjoyable evening out. Folklore music is popular throughout Madeira and is typically performed using local musical instruments such as the machete, rajao, brinquinho, and cavaquinho. During the folklore show this music accompanies traditional dances, such as the Bailinho da Madeira.

From Funchal: Sea Cliffs and Wine Tasting 4WD Tour

3. From Funchal: Sea Cliffs and Wine Tasting 4WD Tour

Depart Funchal by open 4WD vehicle and journey to one of the island's most impressive views. Go to Cabo Girão on the southern coast, where a glass-floored viewing platform was installed in October 2012 and the Cabo Girão Skywalk is the highest in Europe. Marvel at hues of intense depth and clarity, enhanced by the constant light of a warm and inviting sun. Travel along the island's steep and serpentine roads and enter an exotic part of Madeira known only to a few. Benefit from the services of a local guide as you get uninterrupted views from your open-top 4x4 vehicle and visit Câmara de Lobos, where Sir Winston Churchill was inspired to paint the landscape. We will stop at a local bar, where you can try some local/traditional drinks and the famous, "poncha."

Discover Madeira: Full-Day Tour to Porto Moniz

4. Discover Madeira: Full-Day Tour to Porto Moniz

This dynamic full-day tour takes you all over the beautiful Portuguese archipelago of Madeira. Begin the tour by visiting two of the island's charming fishing villages: Câmara de Lobos and Ribeira Brava. After exploring the villages, continue along the southwest coast as far as Calheta, and through the mountains to Paul da Serra, the famous mountain plateau. From the plateau, descend to the north coast and head to the village of Porto Moniz, famous for its volcanic rock swimming pools. Next, enjoy a breathtaking drive along the north coast road to São Vicente. From this pretty village, you will turn inland and travel up through a lush valley region to the mountain pass of Encumeada and then finally to Cabo Girão, the second highest sea cliff in the world.

Madeira: Ribeiro Frio to Portela 4-Hour Guided Walk

5. Madeira: Ribeiro Frio to Portela 4-Hour Guided Walk

Every Friday you can enjoy this 4-hour walk from Ribeiro Frio to Portela. It is a well-known levada (aqueduct) walk, and due to its location it is very popular for walkers. After a short visit to Madeira’s trout farm and knitting stalls, you enter the Laurisilva Forest of Madeira which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999, covering 149.5 square kilometers of Madeira. During the walk you see all the laurisilva vegetation with beautiful views into the valley located on the north side of Madeira (Porto da Cruz). If you look into the levada you might even see some trout. The walk ends at Portela, where you can relax after the long walk and admire the wonderful views over Porto da Cruz and Faial villages.

Rabaçal: Hiking Tour

6. Rabaçal: Hiking Tour

Your tour begins with a convenient pick up service from your hotel, provided by the local partner. Your driver will take you to the starting point at the Rabaçal car park where you will meet your friendly guide. From here, set-off on your adventure by walking by the Levada do Alecrim. Following the trail, you will then visit the breathtaking Lagoa do Vento, before reaching the Casa do Rabaçal. At this stage, it will be possible to take a break and enjoy a snack. Following this visit, you will hike the Levada das 25 fontes, which will transport you to the heart of the Laurissilva forest. Throughout your experience, you'll have the opportunity to observe the endemic flora of Madeira, such as the species of the Laurissilva Forest and local fauna, which is mainly composed of bird species. The tour ends at the car park, where you will begin your journey back to your accommodation.

Madeira: Full-Day Catamaran and Jeep Safari Tour

7. Madeira: Full-Day Catamaran and Jeep Safari Tour

Madeira Island is not only known for its beautiful landscape but also for its views of the vast Atlantic Ocean and an abundance of unique marine life.  Combine a Jeep safari with a catamaran sailing experience to get the most out of this majestic location. From the Madeiran waters, you’ll see the the places you passed by earlier by car and marvel at how far you've traveled. While onboard the catamaran, keep an eye out for cetacean friends in their natural environment, such as turtles, dolphins, and whales. The tour takes you to a host of breathtaking locations including Câmara de Lobos, Campanário, Lugar da Serra, Trompica, Jardim da Serra, Boca Namorados, Funchal, stopping for a picnic to refuel and refresh along the way.

Madeira: 3-Hour Cabo Girao, Camara de Lobos 4x4 Tour

8. Madeira: 3-Hour Cabo Girao, Camara de Lobos 4x4 Tour

Discover the real Madeira countryside visiting Cabo Girão sea cliff, one of the highest in Europe. Explore the traditional hidden villages that site on the side of the coast. Buy souvenirs from the Camara de Lobos fishing village. Learn how the locals fish, inspired from a long history of fishing. This tour also visits Fontainhas, Boca dos Namorados and Estreito Camara de Lobos. Compare each village to the next, and see how culture transpires from one town to the next.  See the best that Protugal has to offer on this tour. Ride in comfort within a 4x4 wheel drive, with an open top. See the sights around and above you while driving. You can be comfortable with your family and meet new friends on this tour. Learn more about local fauna, flora, fruits, history, culture. This tour is ideal if you want a morning half-day tour. This tour generally runs between 3 and 4 hours.

Madeira: Private 4-Hour Scenic Tour by Sidecar

9. Madeira: Private 4-Hour Scenic Tour by Sidecar

Buckle up and get ready to tour the picturesque Island of Madeira from the comfort of a motorcycle sidecar. On this 4-hour ride you’ll cruise past Atlantic scenery and hilltop greenery for an unforgettable trip to popular tourist sites and along undiscovered lanes. Feel free to request a particular route if you like, and make stops to take photos of the sparkling Atlantic Ocean and neighboring islands. Learn more about the fascinating history of Madeira from your driver, who will be able to communicate with you during the trip via a wireless device in your helmet. This tour is a real thrill if you have a penchant for speed, offering an exciting opportunity to both see the sights and enjoy the wind in your hair.

Madeira Island: 3-Hour Old Road Tour by Sidecar

10. Madeira Island: 3-Hour Old Road Tour by Sidecar

Buckle up and get ready to tour the picturesque Island of Madeira from the comfort of a motorcycle sidecar. Cruise past sky-blue waters and hilltop greenery for an unforgettable trip through both major tourist sites and undiscovered winding lanes. Feel free to request a certain route or make stops to snap a scenic shot of the sparkling Atlantic Ocean and the neighboring islands. Discover more about the fascinating history of Madeira from your chauffer who will be able to communicate with you during the trip via a wireless device in your helmets. A real thrill for those with a penchant for speed, this unique sidecar tour offers visitors an exciting opportunity to see the sights and enjoy the wind in their hair.

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What people are saying about Funchal

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 227 reviews

My friend and I completed the walk with Amilcar, he was very competent, calming and understanding of each member of the tours fitness abilities. He was funny and caring, especially to a woman who had a lung condition within the group, taking the time to ensure she was okay on steep inclines. He drove the taxi in a safe manner ( and trust me when you see the high roads of Maderia you want to feel confident about the person behind the wheel). The walk is beautiful and worth completing. Its a busy route, however we all share this planet so be patient! If you want empty mountain's to hike best come to Ireland :) Overall, you will feel comfortable with this company - they are time efficient and our tour guide, Amilcar, was extremely good at his job! Thanks again, we will be back!!!! Hannah and Maire

Nice 11km walk next to the Levadas. Not too much training needed as it was mostly going down or flat. Last part through a tunnel. Not advisable for people with extreme fear of heights or claustrophobia. All our group (18 people) enjoyed a lot. One person from another group had to return because of fear of heights - this was taken care of very professionally with an alternate route and I think the person enjoyed also in the end.

The walk was incredibly scenic. We were in quite a large group but our guide, Louisa (sorry if I spelt it wrong), was great at switching languages, showing us lots of plant species and history of the Levadas.

It was very encouraging walk, because there are steps, and the walk was long. But it was very nice because the quide was the best one I had in my life

Nice trip. Very friendly staff, excellent time planning. We enjoyed this trip.