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Northwestern Madeira: Full–Day 4x4 Tour

1. Northwestern Madeira: Full–Day 4x4 Tour

Enjoy the best views possible on a unique, open-top 4x4 tour through northwestern Madeira. Departing Funchal on this 8-hour trip, the first stop is Serra de Água, a village located in the scenic countryside. Travel along old trails, cobblestone roads and forestry roads up to 1,500 meters above sea level at the Paul da Serra plateau. Pass the Laurissilva forest and enjoy a short walk along a levada, or water channel. Head down to Porto Moniz to enjoy the warmth of the volcanic lava pools, or the volcanic black sandy beach. In the afternoon, take in amazing views of the area’s cliffs and waterfalls.

Madeira: West Tour with Porto Moniz and Volcanic Pools

2. Madeira: West Tour with Porto Moniz and Volcanic Pools

Just over three miles from the city of Funchal, the first stop is the famous, quaint fishing village of Câmara de Lobos, a favorite painting spot of the late Winston Churchill. Afterwards, travel up to the magnificent 1,902-feet high, glass balcony view point of Cabo Girão, famous for being the highest in Europe and second-highest cliff in the world. Traveling along the coast of the island, arrive shorty at the village of Ribeira Brava, where you can visit a church dating back to the 15th century. Next, make your way to the 3,303-feet high viewpoint, Encumeada, to enjoy beautiful views over both the north and south coasts of the island, as well as the valleys of Ribeira Brava and São Vicente. From an altitude of between 4,200-4,900 feet, find the tourist attraction Paúl de Serra and it's several levada walks that connect to different points of the island through the Laurissilva forest, such as Rabaçal, Risco, and the 25 fountains. Stop then for lunch (not included) and extra time at the seaside town of Porto Moniz, home to the largest volcanic natural pools of Madeira. On the descent toward the town, enjoy fantastic views, especially those of the volcanic pools in their entirety. In the good weather it is possible to take a dip, so come prepared. Next, enjoy a brief stop overlooking the black sandy beach and natural rock pools of Seixal village. Along the way, you'll have the pleasure of passing several waterfalls, most notably the famous and stunning Bride's Veil. Staring up at the water pouring down the mountain, you can see how the rock-face has been delicately sculpted by the wind and rain over millions of years to form what can only be described as the perfect art form. Following, visit the picturesque neighboring village of São Vicente, where you can check out a beautiful church dating from the 17th century before returning to Funchal.

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What people are saying about Porto Moniz

This was one of the best guided tours of our life ; Such an amazing experience, our guide Dinarte was absolutely fantastic, such an amazing guy; he did everything possible for us to get the best views and photos and to have the most amazing time ; very knowledgeable and friendly; we spent a lot of time up in the mountains for some of the most incredible views , had an amazing lunch(15€) , a few drinks along the way during our trip at some popular spots; we were lucky enough to share our trip with two other lovely couples that made the trip quite unforgettable. We are amazed every second of the beauty of this island ,we did do quite a bit of trips before this (guided ones), and I must say this was definitely the best. to everyone that wants to do this bring a swimming suit and some towels , wear something comfortable, preferably have cash on you and be ready to be amazed!!!

Our guide, Pedro, was very knowledgeable, pleasant, and made sure to make the trip as enjoyable and adventurous as possible. The off-road section was amazing! The issue I had was that Green Devils who ran the trip, didn’t inform me that they’d outsourced to another jeep company. This led to an uncomfortable situation where I was telling the Green Devil jeep driver who turned up at the hotel that I was with them. He phoned the office and was told that I’d been placed with another company. I phoned Fernando, the boss who told me that due to technical repairs on two of their own jeeps, I was relocated. I responded that it would have been fair and professional to tell me beforehand. We drove in a convoy of three, with the Green Devil as the lead jeep. However, despite the initial confusion, the trip still gets a five star rating as it was excellent and great value for money!

A very complete tour; It was a pleasure to be able to delve into the bowels of the island and get to know it in depth thanks to our guide Hugo, who explained everything to us in a clear, concrete and concise way. I highly recommend it. I will repeat.

Fantastic trip with amazing views and some fun off road rides. Our driver was funny and an excellent driver. Lunch was delicious for just 15 euros. I highly recommend.

Excellent trip; Diogo was very knowledgeable and made it a memorable day.