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Madeira: Full-Day South Coast Jeep Tour

1. Madeira: Full-Day South Coast Jeep Tour

Explore the best of the south of Madeira Island with this Jeep safari tour. You will discover valleys, mountains, plateaus, and the seashore, all of which make this expedition to the sometimes-forgotten southwest side of the island a trip to remember. The diversity of this part of the island is simply amazing. You will visit Ponta do Pargo, the most western point of Madeira, before sitting down to enjoy lunch. Following lunch, you will stroll along the seaside esplanade to discover the hidden fishing villages. You will visit Funchal, Paul da Serra, Ponta do Pargo, Paul do Mar, Jardim do Mar, Calheta, and Ponta do Sol on this scenic experience. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be returned to your point of origin.

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Madeira: Half-Day Nun's Valley and Sea Cliff Tour

2. Madeira: Half-Day Nun's Valley and Sea Cliff Tour

Explore some of the most remote places of Madeira Island. Not far from Funchal, and hidden in between high mountains and deep valleys, lie remote villages and hamlets such as Jardim da Serra with its splendid view over the Nuns Valley. You can explore another world by joining this Jeep safari tour, complete with panoramic views and interesting places. You will also enjoy sensational encounters with Madeira's fascinating natural heritage. Your route will pass though Funchal, Fajã das Galinhas, Boca da Corrida, Jardim da Serra, Quinta Grande, Cabo Girão, and Câmara de Lobos. At the conclusion of your enjoyable day out, you will return to your point of origin.

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From Funchal: Full-Day Madeira Peaks Tour by Open 4x4

3. From Funchal: Full-Day Madeira Peaks Tour by Open 4x4

Begin this full-day 4x4 tour with a pick-up at your hotel in Funchal and travel deep into the southeast of Madeira. You’ll come to Machico town and the line that divides the north and south of the island. Take in breathtaking views of the Eagles Rock from Portela. Drive down, stopping in Porto da Cruz, which is the next must-see point. Visit a sugar cane factory, continue to the Faial coastline and then up to see the typical houses of Santana. These small straw-thatched triangular houses are emblematic of Madeira and intricate in their construction. Head down into the valley and through the forest to Riveiro Frio at an elevation of 1818 meters, the third-highest peak on the Island.

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Madeira: Full-Day Catamaran and Jeep Safari Tour

4. Madeira: Full-Day Catamaran and Jeep Safari Tour

Madeira Island is not only known for its beautiful landscape but also for its views of the vast Atlantic Ocean and an abundance of unique marine life.  Combine a Jeep safari with a catamaran sailing experience to get the most out of this majestic location. From the Madeiran waters, you’ll see the the places you passed by earlier by car and marvel at how far you've traveled. While onboard the catamaran, keep an eye out for cetacean friends in their natural environment, such as turtles, dolphins, and whales. The tour takes you to a host of breathtaking locations including Câmara de Lobos, Campanário, Lugar da Serra, Trompica, Jardim da Serra, Boca Namorados, Funchal, stopping for a picnic to refuel and refresh along the way.

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Madeira: Full-Day Jeep Tour and Levada Walk

5. Madeira: Full-Day Jeep Tour and Levada Walk

Get picked up from your accommodation or the cruise port and embark on a true adventure around the enchanted island of Madeira. Hop in a well-maintained Land Rover or jeep and head into the Laurisilva Forest in the center of Madeira. Explore a forest known to be the largest surviving laurel forest in the world with over 90% believed to be primary forest. Then walk in the shoes of a Madeiran farmer as you hike along the levadas that criss-cross the fields of sugar cane and other different crops. Learn about how these unique irrigation channels were developed to suit the island's topography and climate. See how levadas like Ribeiro Frio and Referta serve a dual purpose as scenic byways for those looking to explore the beautiful natural landscapes of Madeira on foot.  Make stops throughout the day at viewpoints and villages, including Funchal, Pico Arieiro, Achada Cedro Gordo, and Ponta de São Lourenço. Get dropped off back at your accommodation or the cruise port at the end of the tour.

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Madeira: Jeep Tour and Levada Walk Combo

6. Madeira: Jeep Tour and Levada Walk Combo

Join this Jeep safari expedition and discover the astonishing southeast coast of Madeira. You will visit a famous wicker town as well as some remote areas, such as "Morena". One of the highlights of your tour will be when you engage in some very light and easy hiking throughout your Levada walk. The chronological itinerary for your tour will be Funchal, Camacha, Morena, Santo da Serra, and Machico. Your tour will eventually end at Machico, the area of the island which was first “touched” by the Portuguese for the very first time. This combo expedition is ideal for anyone that wants to discover the southeast coast of Madeira in an easy and short period of time.

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From Funchal: Advanced Canyoning Experience in Madeira

7. From Funchal: Advanced Canyoning Experience in Madeira

Join in on an advanced-level canyoning adventure with this tour from Funchal. Use high-quality equipment to traverse Madeira's canyons and streams. Keep your up your energy with snack stops along the way.  Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation in Funchal. Sit back and relax as you head to a location that is hand-picked for the day's conditions at Seixal, Calheta, Santana or Ribeiro Frio.  Start abseiling down rock faces and crossing water lines. Get wet as you swim and slide through the picturesque canyon. Enjoy jumping from waterfalls, where it is possible to do so. Take a break with some water and snacks.  Have photos and videos that you can take home to share. Eat some more snacks before returning to your accommodation in Funchal.

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Madeira: Santana Traditional Houses Private Half-Day Tour

8. Madeira: Santana Traditional Houses Private Half-Day Tour

Thatched houses are remnants of primitive buildings made of wood and thatch. The use of these materials, especially wood, was due to their abundance and, at the time, how easy to purchase and affordable they were. The cultivation of cereals, such as wheat and rye, allowed the use of straw (thatch) to cover the housing. These ingredients were also used in flour to sustain the local population.   Visit some of the local houses and discover their history. Experience how the Madeiran people used to live in houses up to 240 years old.  Visit the Queimadas park and have a look at the ancient forest, the Laurissilva. Take home a typical house souvenir so you can remember this amazing day.

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Madeira: Levada Calheta to Prazeres Private Walking Tour

9. Madeira: Levada Calheta to Prazeres Private Walking Tour

Stroll across the paths of Levada Calheta and Prazeres and discover a variety of plant species. Take in amazing views of the surrounding landscape along the way. Begin in Calheta with a stroll along Regional Road 211 and towards Prazeres village, following a vibrant path. Discover several species of flora, such as acacias, eucalyptus, pine, and wildflowers. Stop to look around and let yourself be dazzled by the beautiful landscapes that arise along the way. Explore a little more of the natural beauty of this region, including the human presence that gives it life. Find various dirt roads that cross the route of the Levada and continue your way following the channel of water until you arrive at the Levadeiro house. Take a moment to pause and enjoy the beautiful nature as your tour comes to a close.

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Madeira Island: Custom Full-Day 4WD Tour

10. Madeira Island: Custom Full-Day 4WD Tour

Begin your full-day tour of Madeira Island with pickup from your hotel in a luxurious Range Rover. Your professional driver-guide will be at your service the entire day and is happy to deliver you comfortably and safely to every corner of Madeira, regardless of weather or terrain. Make the most of this fully customizable experience and visit all the places you’ve always wanted to see in Madeira. Take a trip to the stunning natural swimming pools of Porto Moniz or stop over in the picturesque Ponta de São Lorenço on the other side of the island: your wish is your driver’s command.

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What people are saying about Santana

This was my best tour trip I have ever had. It’s very adventurous and José was spectacular as our guide. He would randomly stop in several places and show us the plants and fruit grown around the island. The people in the group were also great and I was very lucky to be in this tour with exactly these people. Lots of laughs, fun and the views were breathtaking. Thank you so very much for the wonderful time. I shall never forget this!

Fantastic in all ways, really recommend this trip! One full day of adventure, & we were lucky to experience all kind of weather & different climate zone.

Top Erlebnis, die alten Straßen von Madeira Offroad zu befahren. Viele Sehenswürdigkeiten und auch "lokale" Stops Abseits der Tourimassen.

Brilliant fun in the jeep and our driver Victor was one of the best we hsve come across. Highly recomend yhese guys

dolphins, whales, offroad adventure - we enjoyed very much, nice trip