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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.

From Funchal: Madeira West Tour

2. From Funchal: Madeira West Tour

The tour begins with a pickup from your accommodation in Funchal and heads to the first stop of the day, the small fishing village of Câmara De Lobos. Located in a small creak, with a beach and a harbor, the village is surrounded by quintessential houses that pile up around the bay. From here, continue up the world’s second-largest sea cliff and admire the beautiful views of Camara de Lobos and Funchal. The next stop is Ribeira Brava, named after the wild stream that runs through it. Visit the village’s history-rich church that was built in the 16th century and learn about its Flemish influences and baptism fountain. Head towards Ponta Do Sol next, one of the sunniest spots on the island and home to a pretty little village nestled in the steep folds of the valley overhung with dense banana plants. Paul de Serra is the next stop of the day and weather permitting there’s an opportunity to walk along Madeiras biggest and highest plateau to marvel at the panoramic views over the valleys. Afterward, zigzag through the narrow village roads and head towards the fishing village of Porto Moniz. Walk along the promenade which stretches from the natural pools to the pier, and find a local seafood restaurant to dine at for lunch. There’s also time to visit the aquarium, housed by the fort of Sao Jaoa Batista, or swim in the volcanic pools. Onto the Sao Vicente on the north coast, to admire this charming little town with its picturesque streets, and immaculately white houses. Visit the 17th-century church here and a park with a selection of coastal plants native to Madeira. Towards the end of the tour travel through the forest to the Encumeada Pass, one of the most beautiful mountain spots of the region, where you can marvel at the view of the north and south coast from the top.

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

3. 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.

Funchal: Tukxi Tour to Monte

4. Funchal: Tukxi Tour to Monte

Settled in your "Tukxi" (tuk-tuk taxi) with a local guide at the helm, your tour will begin with a drive up the hills of Funchal to the famous Village of Monte and to its famous Church, gardens and toboggan ride. On the way up the hill you will be able to appreciate some fantastic views over the city, and once up in the village of Monte, the guide will take you through the gardens to the famous 19th Century Church of “Our Lady of Monte”. Information about the village history will be provided along with some amazing photo opportunities. You can also experience the famous toboggan ride (paid separately). Your Tukxi driver will meet you at the end of your toboggan ride, at which point you will journey comfortably back to your point of origin.

Funchal: Rising Sun

5. Funchal: Rising Sun

The wild natural beauty will simply blow you away. This tour starts off with a pick-up from your hotel in Funchal and the first stop will be in Garajau. Here you will witness a magnificent view, and the Statue of Christ-King at Garajau, raised to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Spend time thinking over the religious importance reflected in a large statue.  Explore the trails and old roads of Santa Cruz, the immensity of handmade terraces. Enjoy the ride in an open top 4x4 wheel vehicle, giving you the best sights during the drive. See how the wild environment compares to the local lifestyle. Get local insights from your guide. Learn about the lifestyle supported by a unique city. This is a four hour guided tour, you will be returned to your pick-up point when the tour is finished.

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

6. 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.

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What people are saying about Funchal

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 133 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.