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Madeira: Full-Day Laurel Forest Guided Walking Tour

1. Madeira: Full-Day Laurel Forest Guided Walking Tour

Experience the magic of Portuguese forests on an adventurous trail hike. Madeira is known for its "levadas", a system of aqueducts, popularly used as hiking trails. Drive to the quaint town of Santana and up to Queimadas Forestry Park to journey through one of the famous levada walks. Deep in the Laurel forest, find a typical thatched house, which serves as a park landmark and creates a fairytale setting to begin your journey. This magical trail runs through the Serra de São Jorge and wanders through an emerald green paradise. Take in outstanding views of the valleys and villages that lie below, until finally reaching the magnificent Caldeirão Verde waterfall. Make contact with the lush greenery as you walk along this historical levada in the company of your experienced guide.

From Funchal: Santo de Serra Local Farmers' Market Day Trip

2. From Funchal: Santo de Serra Local Farmers' Market Day Trip

Sunday's its a great time to join this tour and mix with the locals. This half day experience available morning and afternoon, and will take you to visit the local farmers market in Santo da Serra, where you can see the farmers seling they fruits and vedgetables, local bread, licours home made, infusions drinks, this is the market where the "madeirenses" goes for shopping. Explore also other areas, Christ the King view point and stunning views, Santa Cruz, Morena where we have steep roads to reach hidden villages, terraces and really amazing landscapes.

North Madeira 4x4 Adventure Jipe Tour Big Island Tour

3. North Madeira 4x4 Adventure Jipe Tour Big Island Tour

Embark on an unforgettable 4x4 tour to the north side of Madeira and see for yourself why some consider it to be the best part of the island. Take off from Funchal or Caniço and visit villages, a local rum company, typical houses, and more. Start your journey toward Santa Cruz to visit the village’s center. Continue to Porto da Cruz and visit the historic Companhia dos Engenhos do Norte, a local rum production company. Learn about the glorious past of sugar production on the island. Visit Santana next. Visit the typical culm ceiling houses known as Casinhas de Santana (Santana’s little houses). Travel through an alternative route to reach São Jorge while passing by the breathtaking Boca das Voltas Viewpoint. Depart towards Arco de São Jorge and get time for lunch (not included). Continue through the north coast, driving on regional roads with views over the ocean. Pass Boaventura, Ponta Delgada, and São Vicente, and stop for short visits before the end of the tour. 

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What people are saying about Santa Cruz, Portugal

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 3 reviews

The guide told us a lot of interesting things about the flora and fauna in three languages. We were going fast, with little incline on the way. You should already have a basic level of fitness and you should be free from giddiness.

A good trip, especially at the beginning - the route on the Levada is flat, the tunnels are a great attraction and the waterfall is the crowning of the trip.