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Desertas Islands Full-Day Catamaran Trip from Funchal

1. Desertas Islands Full-Day Catamaran Trip from Funchal

On this full-day catamaran trip to the Desertas Islands you’ll sail along the south coast of Madeira Island. On arrival you’ll disembark in clear waters onto a beach of volcanic origin, where you’ll have a chance to enjoy a swim. Covering an area of 12,586 hectares the Natural Reserve of the Desertas Islands comprises all islands and islets (Ilhéu Chão, Deserta Grande, Bugio, and adjacent islets) and all of the surrounding marine area. It has been designated a nature reserve for over 25 years, and is now internationally known for its monk seal conservation efforts. Today this protected area can be visited by sea. Deserta Grande is the only island where visitors can disembark, and you’ll enjoy a guided walk to the conservation center to learn about the monk seal protection efforts and also about endemic flora and fauna.

Funchal: Guided City Tuk-Tuk Tour

2. 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.

Madeira: New Year's Eve Fireworks by Catamaran

3. Madeira: New Year's Eve Fireworks by Catamaran

End the year with a bang and watch one of the world's largest firework displays off the coast of Madeira. Climb aboard a beautiful catamaran in Funchal Marina to get front-row seats to the once-in-a-lifetime experience. Avail of the magical atmosphere as the evening unfolds. Enjoy breathtaking views of the colored lights of Funchal after dark.

Madeira: New Years Eve Fireworks Catamaran Cruise

4. Madeira: New Years Eve Fireworks Catamaran Cruise

Depart from Funchal Marina at 11:00 PM and take a short cruise along the coastline of Madeira to see the beautiful Christmas lights. Return to the bay in order to find the perfect location to watch the fantastic firework display. Ring in the New Year with a toast with champagne and Madeira wine on board. Enjoy a firework display that was once awarded the best in the world. After enjoying the celebrations, return to the marina at 1:00 AM.

Funchal: Christmas Lights Sightseeing Night Tour

5. Funchal: Christmas Lights Sightseeing Night Tour

On this night tour, after pickup at your hotel or accomodation in Funchal, you head dowtown to the main avenue near the sea. Passing through the old town, city hall, main cathedral, city court, farmers market, municipal garden, central square, and the hotel area, you can enjoy the beautiful way the streets and buildings are decorated for the holiday season. After the tour it is possible to drop you off back at your hotel or in the city center. This tour takes about 1h30 and in some spots it is possible to stop to take pictures. This tour will take place in a VW Beetle cabriolet with the top down or in a VW bus/kombi.

Private Swing Special place w/ Wine and Fruits 4x4 jipe tour

6. Private Swing Special place w/ Wine and Fruits 4x4 jipe tour

Watch the sunset on a rustic swing overlooking the sea on this private trip from your accommodation in Funchal or Caniço. Enjoy wine and fruits and swing as the sounds of nature dim and the sun touches the ocean in shades of orange. After pickup, leave directly to a secret spot with a fantastic view of the sunset. With a glass of white or rosé wine in one hand and fresh fruit in another, take in the surrounding scenery as the sun sets in front of you.

Funchal: 75-Minute Christmas Lights Tukxi Tour

7. Funchal: 75-Minute Christmas Lights Tukxi Tour

Prepare to be dazzled by the famous Christmas lights of Funchal on a Tukxi tour. Your Tukxi driver will guide you throughout the city streets in an open-top vehicle, giving you enough time to enjoy the colorful decorations. Thousands of lights glow in Christmas displays in the streets, on the buildings, in the gardens and on the mountains of this beautiful island. Be amazed by the creativity, harmony and vibrant colors of this attraction in Madeira. Besides the lights, listen to stories about the city's history and culture. Throughout the tour, your guide will point out some of Funchal's landmarks. You’ll get to see all the best bits of this festive spectacular, and your driver will stop at the perfect spots to provide you with some fantastic photo opportunities.

South & Sunset 4x4 Jipe tour - SOUTHWEST COAST MADEIRA

8. South & Sunset 4x4 Jipe tour - SOUTHWEST COAST MADEIRA

Embark on an unforgettable sunset trip to the south coast of Madeira starting with pickup at your accommodation in Funchal or Caniço. Stop at Ponta do Sol, Calheta, Jardim do Mar, and more. End with a mesmerizing sunset and time for dinner.  Start your discovery of the south coast of the island towards Ponta do Sol, where you’ll make your first stop. Then, head towards Calheta, famous for its sandy beach.  Stop at Jardim do Mar next and fall in love with the typical streets of this rustic village. Continue to Paúl do Mar and then to Ponta do Pargo.  Once in Ponta do Pargo, enjoy time for dinner (costs not included) and then have the opportunity to be dazzled by the best Atlantic sunset.

Funchal: New Year's Eve Fireworks by Catamaran

9. Funchal: New Year's Eve Fireworks by Catamaran

Beat the crowds and spend your New Year's Eve in style on a luxury catamaran in the Atlantic Ocean. Be dazzled by a world-renowned pyrotechnics fireworks display igniting the skies of Funchal.  Spend 4 hours soaking up the exciting atmosphere while relaxing aboard and experiencing first class hospitality. Delight in fresh canapes, tasty tapas, seasonal fruits, and chocolates. Celebrate with a glass of Moet Champagne and enjoy an open bar with a wide variety of drinks including wine, beer, and champagne.  Create memories at this annual extravaganza and have an experience you won't forget. Ring in the New Year with a breathtaking fireworks show at sea.

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What people are saying about Funchal

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 3 reviews

It was fantastic! The best bit of our holiday it was just wonderful and so glad we got the last night of the lights. Guide made us very welcome and we felt special from start to finish. If you’re coming to the island hire Leonard it’s brilliant. On time, polite, helpful and informative x would give more that 5 stars if I could will do this again!!

We had a fantastic experience watching the Madeira new year fireworks from a catamaran. Great service and friendly staff. Recommended.

Great experience, Rodolfo was a good driver and guide and we were collected on time and was an enjoyable and memorable evening.

A bit chaotic at the beginning but otherwise friendly service and great view. Gladly again

Um óptimo guia, simpático, domina a história da cidade e ainda dá sugestões de tours!