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Funchal Bay: Dolphin & Whale Watch Luxury Catamaran Cruise

1. Funchal Bay: Dolphin & Whale Watch Luxury Catamaran Cruise

Arrive at Marina Nova Funchal 20 minutes before the scheduled departure time and board a luxury catamaran. Receive some safety information from the experienced crew. Choose to sit in the luxurious interior with comfortable seating and protection from the sun, and lounge chairs or outdoor hammocks. Afterward, sit back and relax as you sail towards the open sea. Although sightings of marine species can not be guaranteed, dolphins and whales are often found in the waters around Funchal. Keep an eye on the movements in the water whilst the crew answers any questions about the variety of species. Continue up to the high cliffs of Cabo Girão, which rise 580 meters above sea level. Anchor the boat at Cabo Girão and immerse yourself in the refreshing waters to explore underwater marine life with a snorkel. Then, stroll at a leisurely pace around the Marina of Funchal, and marvel at the fantastic views of Madeira's landscapes. Return to Funchal Marina Nova for a quick landing process and continue to enjoy your day after the tour.

Funchal 3 in 1: 48-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

2. Funchal 3 in 1: 48-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Discover the extraordinary beauty of Madeira at your own pace with a 2 or 5 day ticket for the yellow hop-on and hop-off sightseeing bus. Jump off at the sites in the capital of Funchal that interest you most, and get access to its surroundings, including the panoramic viewpoints of "The Pearl of the Atlantic." Jump off at any of the 30 stops along a route that takes you through Funchal’s quaint, cobblestone streets. Enjoy breathtaking views from observation points, such as the one at Pico dos Barcelos. Discover landmark monuments such as Town Hall Square and the Cathedral. Marvel at pretty gardens, and hop off at the Madeira Wine Museum to enjoy a glass of the island’s famous wine! The 3-in-1 ticket also provides access to the picturesque fishing village of Câmara de Lobos, thought to be the original landing point for the Portuguese explorer João Gonçalves Zarco. Gaze out at the Atlantic Ocean from Europe’s highest cliffs at Cabo Girão on a shuttle bus service from Câmara de Lobos.

From Funchal: East Coast of Madeira Tour

3. From Funchal: East Coast of Madeira Tour

The tour heads first to Camacha for a visit to the largest outlet on the island for wicker products where demonstrations of wicker weaving can be seen. Continue uphill by heading for Pico do Arieiro for tremendous views over a succession of knife-edge ridges and sheer cliffs. At an altitude of 1,818 meters, it is the third-highest peak in Madeira. Continue your journey downhill through small terraces lining the road before you reach the Laurissilva Forest, one of the most beautiful natural treasures of Madeira. This forest is about 20 million years old and was classified a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999.  The next stop is at the charming village of Santana, a picture of domestic and agricultural prosperity known for its traditional stone houses with steep, triangular-shaped thatched roofs. Traditionally people lived in these ingenious structures and you can discover how spacious the A-frame buildings are when you visit one. Next, drive down the north coast to the rural village of Porto da Cruz, home to the only functioning sugar mill in the north coast. This small village has a maze of alleys and, as well as a beautiful sea promenade, the former warehouses are being converted into cafes. Lastly, take in Praia de Machico, a beautiful bay with an uncommonly shaped valley that looks as if a balcony overlooks the sea and the mountains. The sugar cane crops and its mills made it very important for Madeira’s economy until the 17th century. The eastern side of the bay is dominated by Pico do Facho’s 320 meter peak, named after the beacon that used to be lit here to warn residents of approaching pirates. Heading home, enjoy views of the coast and enormous Madeira junipers trees which have become quite rare over the years.

Funchal Tour and Câmara de Lobos Tour

4. Funchal Tour and Câmara de Lobos Tour

Be enchanted by the blue sea in contrast with the green of the breathtaking scenery. Enjoy the most special corners of Funchal, as well as the aromas and flavors at the Workers’ Market. Then visit the quaint village of Câmara de Lobos, with its enviable natural heritage and charm that made it one of the favorite places of Winston Churchill. Catch the Yellow Bus Hop on Off Bus Funchal and, at a height of 4 meters, discover the most beautiful places in Funchal. You can get off and on at any stop throughout the route in this Funchal Sightseeing Bus. Take advantage of the trip to get to know the unique views of Funchal (like the one at Pico dos Barcelos), its main monuments, its typical Portuguese cobblestone streets and the colorful flowers in its gardens. Be sure to visit the Madeira Wine Museum, where you can enjoy a glass of this famous wine.

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What people are saying about Funchal

I purchased the hop on hop off ticket on line prior to arrival in Funchal.. we then exchanged the voucher for our ticket and away we went! It was fabulous, and we got to see a lot more of Madeira than just Funchal as a result. We took the bus to Camara De Lobos, and Cape Girao, the highest sea cliff. It was simple and the buses were excellent. The audio guide onboard gave some useful facts as well.

This trip is amazing. We booked the afternoon trip and took off at 1500. Small crowd -we were with 10-, nice knowledgable crew and yes, we saw plenty of Dolphins. There was time for a swim and we were treated wirh a drink and some small bites. The perfect afternoon activity.

We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Our tour guide, Carlos, was extremely knowledgeable, kind and patient. He answered all questions and was super easy going, making the day stress-free and enjoyable. We learned a lot, a great experience overall!

Fun and relaxing trip with the crew of the Pearl. Dolphins swimming with the boat, amazing.

Great experience, everyone must do in Funchal for sure!