Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools

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From Funchal: Best of Madeira's West Tour

1. From Funchal: Best of Madeira's West Tour

Escape the hustle and bustle of Funchal on a full-day scenic tour of the west of Madeira. Admire the unspoiled natural beauty of the area and visit the charming villages of Câmara de Lobos and Porto Moniz. Following pickup from selected hotels in Funchal, pass through the traditional fishing village of Câmara de Lobos. Continue to Cabo Girão Skywalk, Europe's highest cliff skywalk at 589m. Next, head towards the Ribeira Brava and go north through the deep and narrow valleys of Serra D'Água. Upon arrival at Encumeada, enjoy an incredible view of the south and north coast of the island. Cross a mountain pass, and witness the rugged beauty of the north coast, where Atlantic rollers deposit white surf on the cliffs. Traverse Madeira's highest plateau, and enjoy more spectacular panoramas. Continue to São Vicente on Madeira’s north coast. Visit the beautiful village of Porto Moniz and take 1 hour for lunch, as well as time to admire the volcanic swimming pools. Finish your tour at Paul da Serra to see one of the biggest natural reserves in the world.

From Funchal: West Madeira Island Guided Trip & Laurisilva

2. From Funchal: West Madeira Island Guided Trip & Laurisilva

. Câmara de Lobos - The tour starts with a 20 to 30 minute stop at this beautiful fishing village, where you can see the fishing boats of scabbard fish and drink the famous Poncha. . Cabo Girão - The tour continues to this amazing viewpoint over a seacliff with a suspended glass platform where you can admire the panoramic views of Câmara de lobos and Funchal. .Ribeira Brava - The tour makes a passage through this charming Village. .Fanal - Leaving Ribeira Brava, the tour continues towards Fanal where you will be able to see and appreciate the centenarie trees of a part of the Laurissilva Forest. . Ribeira da Janela - This stop is a superp viewpoint that shows you 60% of the magnificent north cost. . Porto Moniz - After, the tour goes to the biggest stop. At Porto Moniz the stop is between 1 hour and a half to two hours that you can enjoy your lunch break and a swim at the natural volcanic pools. . Seixal - Stoping at the harbor of Seixal for you to enjoy the view of the dramatic cliffs crushing the water and the opportunity to have a walk in one of the most black sand beaches of the Island. . Bride's Veil - To end this splendid tour is a viewpoint with a waterfall that resembles a bride's veil.

From Funchal: Enchanted Terraces and Porto do Moniz 4WD Tour

3. From Funchal: Enchanted Terraces and Porto do Moniz 4WD Tour

Depart from Funchal and travel by 4WD vehicle towards Madeira's northwest coast, passing a stunning green landscape to locations such as Serra de Água. Journey along forgotten and enchanted old roads and get a glimpse into the island's everyday life. Go to Encumeada, where one of the island's famous walking trails leads to Madeira's highest peak. Pass through the laurel forests of Chão dos Louros and marvel at the mountains and valleys from Ginjas and Paul da Serra. Continue to Fanal in the middle of the Laurissilva Forest and then proceed to Porto do Moniz, famous for its natural swimming pools. If weather permits, enjoy the warmth of the sea or continue to Seixal known for its black sand beach. Stop for lunch (optional and not included) in Seixal, before continuing to the coastal town of São Vicente. Make your way back to Funchal at the end of the tour.

Madeira: Jeep 4x4 Safari Tour with Porto Moniz Natural Pools

4. Madeira: Jeep 4x4 Safari Tour with Porto Moniz Natural Pools

Uncover the beauty of the countryside of Madeira on a jeep tour from Funchal. Travel to locations like Cabo Girão cliff and the village of Lugar de Baixo. Take pictures of a viewpoint overlooking the valley of Encumeada. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodation in Funchal. Sit back and relax on the way to the charming red-roofed town of Câmara de Lobos. Climb up to the cliff of Cabo Girão which is 580 meters above of sea level. View the island from a glass platform.  Continue to the sea village of Lugar de Baixo. Begin an ascent from sea level into the mountains along an ancient path. See how local people live and how they work the agricultural terraces of banana trees, vineyards, and various other crops.  Pass through the forest, mountains, and valleys until you reach the Loch of the Moor. Admire the magnificent view of the valley of Encumeada and Serra de Água. Head through the scenic countryside of Bica da Cana, Paul da Serra, and Fanal. Reach the village of Ribeira da Janela to see the northwest coast of the Island. Drive back down to sea level to visit the coast and take in ocean views. Have the chance to stop and purchase lunch in Vila do Porto Moniz.  After lunch, you can purchase entrance to the natural pools in Porto Moniz which were created by the porous shape of the volcanic rocks. Go to the Village of Seixal to visit the waterfall of the Véu da Noiva. Finish your tour with a drive through São Vicente before heading back to Funchal.

From Funchal: Full-Day 4x4 Tour of North West Madeira

5. From Funchal: Full-Day 4x4 Tour of North West Madeira

Admire the diverse natural beauty of north west Madeira from an open-top 4x4. Enjoy magnificent views from Paul da Serra, the island’s largest plateau, relax in Madeira’s Parque Natural and take a swim in the volcanic pools at Porto Moniz. After being collected from your accommodation in Funchal, you’ll quickly move away from the crowds and into the terraced hillsides of Madeira, learning about the region’s culture, history and unique flaura and fauna as you drive. Make the ascent to the 1500 meter plateau of Paul da Serra, passing a variety of lookouts with stunning views of the island. You’ll have the chance to explore the magical Fanal Forest, part of the larger Laurisilva Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to a lush, indegenous laurel forest. In the afternoon, you’ll reach the coast and have a chance to swim in the natural volcanic pools at Porto Moniz before heading on to the black sand beach at Seixal.

From Funchal: West Madeira Trip with Cabo Girao Skywalk

6. From Funchal: West Madeira Trip with Cabo Girao Skywalk

From the highest Sea Cliff in Europe to the most incredible Natural Pools on the Island, this tour promises to be an amazing event, with mountain views, ocean views and even a levada walk. We provide a special experience. We use old roads mostly and we have a levada walk included. At no point of the trip will you feel rushed. Points of Interest : Câmara de Lobos (30 minutes) Cabo Girão (20 minutes) Ribeira Brava (30 Minutes) São Vicente (25 Minutes) Porto Moniz (1h30) (Natural Pools - Lunch Stop) Paúl da Serra - Levada do Alecrim (walk - 30 minutes) Encumeada (20 minutes) Seixal Waterfall

Madeira: West Tour with Porto Moniz and Volcanic Pools

7. 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.

Madeira: Private Jeep 4x4 West Tour to Natural Pools

8. Madeira: Private Jeep 4x4 West Tour to Natural Pools

Experience a little bit of everything on this private Madeira jeep tour with a car is reserved only for you and your group. Customize the route of the tour to see the sea, mountains, and waterfalls, and swim in natural pools (western part of the island). Explore Madeira Island in a unique and active way by Land Rover 4x4. On your tour, you’ll see breathtaking views, visit hidden places which you can't reach by yourself, and collect memories you’ll never forget. Here is the example tour itinerary which you can adjust to meet your dreams: Departing from Funchal for Câmara de Lobos, then climb up to the cliff of Cabo Girão, 580 meters above sea level. Step onto a glass platform and view some of the most beautiful landscapes of the Island. Continue to Lugar de Baixo, where you’ll begin the adventure from sea level to the mountains, climbing through ancient paths where you can see how the local people live and how they work the terraces of banana trees and vineyards. Next, pass through the forest, mountains, and valleys until you reach the Loch of the Moor with its unbeatable view of the valley of Encumeada and Serra de Água. Go through Bica da Cana, Paul da Serra, and Fanal, with more views of the valleys and mountains. Upon reaching the village of Ribeira da Janela, see the northwest coast of the island. Descend to sea level to visit the coast and enjoy the ocean view. Then, go to Vila do Porto Moniz to stop for lunch and perhaps enjoy swimming in the natural pools. In the final part of the tour, leave Porto Moniz for the Village of Seixal and visit the waterfall of the Véu da Noiva. Continue to São Vicente before ending the day with drop-off back in Funchal.

West Madeira: Full-Day 4x4 Excursion

9. West Madeira: Full-Day 4x4 Excursion

Enjoy the unique landscapes of Madeira and explore traditional villages that still retain their historic charm in this full-day adventure. The day begins with hotel pick up before the group heads out to Serra de Agua valley, named for the old water mills that run in the town. Walk through laurel forests in Encumeada and Chão dos Louros and take an easy walk up to see the Levadas, canal systems developed in the 16th century.  From here the journey continues off-road, where your driver will take you to discover amazing landscapes and hidden viewpoints. Cool off with a refreshing swim at the volcanic pools of Porto Moniz or Seixal and try a poncha (a local drink made from brandy cane sugar, honey and lemon juice), before heading back to Funchal for drop-off.

From Funchal: Enchanted Terraces and Porto do Moniz 4WD Tour

10. From Funchal: Enchanted Terraces and Porto do Moniz 4WD Tour

Explore the beautiful landscape of the northwest of Madeira on this scenic tour leaving from Funchal. Be transported in a 4x4 and travel along the coast, visiting Serra de Agua, the forests of Chao dos Louros, Laurissilva Forest, and Porto do Moniz. Depart from Funchal and travel by 4WD vehicle towards Madeira's northwest coast, passing a stunning green landscape to locations such as Serra de Água. Journey along forgotten and enchanted old roads and get a glimpse into the island's everyday life. Travel to Encumeada, where one of the island's famous walking trails leads to Madeira's highest peak. Pass through the laurel forests of Chão dos Louros and marvel at the mountains and valleys from Ginjas and Paul da Serra. Continue to Fanal in the middle of the Laurissilva Forest and then proceed to Porto do Moniz, famous for its natural swimming pools. Enjoy the warmth of the sea if the weather permits, or continue to Seixal known for its black sand beach. Stop for lunch in Porto Moniz if you choose, before continuing to the coastal town of São Vicente. Make your way back to Funchal at the end of the tour.

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What people are saying about Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools

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Lido tours were brilliant, our tour guide spoke very good English, showed us lots about the west side of the island and was very polite. Communication with the main office was also excellent. Giving us precise information, we covered so much in one day. Volcanic pool was also wonderful, definitely wear your costume before setting off to save time changing. Skywalk was also breathtaking.

Very good guide, he was very precise with timing so that we could visit all things planned. Madeira roads are very curvy, but the guide is a confident and careful driver. It has started to rain in the Fanal forest, we didn’t bring our jacket, the guide Sergio offered us a spare one so that we could take some pictures in spite of the rain. Thank you for the trip, Sergio!

From the moment I was collected from my hotel I immediately felt I was in safe hands. Our guide Duarte was outstanding. His knowledge and driving experience were second to none and he was so enthusiastic despite having done the job for 20 over years

fantastic trip loads of stops great guide wonderful scenery highly recommended

Serigo was a amazing tour guide. Thanks for a great day.