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Things to do in Sao Jorge

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Madeira Island: Whole Island Mega Tour

1. Madeira Island: Whole Island Mega Tour

Explore both sides of the island on one day. This tour will allow you to visit both areas of the west and east of the island in a non rushed tour that takes about 9 to 10 hours in order for us to have enough time to properly visit these wonderful areas Madeira has to offer. We start off with the East Side of the island by going to the original Christ Statue, which has a great view to Funchal. Afterwards we head to the tip of the island Ponta de São Lourenço and we do a stop there for about 25 minutes, where you can enjoy some great views to both the south and northeast coast of the island. After we go and visit another viewpoint in Faial, Santana with a skywalk, the viewpoint of Guindaste. We also visit the traditional straw rooftop houses in Santana, and then we make our way to the northwest coast using the scenic roads from the northeast and we stop along the way on a very interesting beach in Calhau de São Jorge where there are some interesting ruins and afterwards we have a little stop in São Vicente and then we make way for our lunch/swimming stop in Porto Moniz. After we enjoyed the natural pools we go to the Western tip of the island, the lighthouse of Ponta do Pargo. Afterwards we visit Paul do Mar, while taking some scenic roads as well and then we head off to a great waterfall in Ponta do Sol , called Cascata dos Anjos and we stop at the skywalk in Cabo Girão at 580 metres of altitude for some great views. If you wish to ask for a specific spot to visit you can request us beforehand and we can see if its possible to incorporate it in our tour

Madeira: Private Guided Levada do Rei Walk PR18

2. Madeira: Private Guided Levada do Rei Walk PR18

Following a convenient pickup from your accommodation or at Madeira Airport, depart on your private tour to Laurissilva Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, via the Levada do Rei for one of the most beautiful hiking trails of Madeira. Starting at São Jorge, a peaceful village located in the north of the island with spectacular views over the mountains and sea, the first part of the trail consists of a mixture of endemic and introduced vegetation after the discovery of the island. You’ll also get various perspectives on the villages in the distance as you walk along the man-made channels created to carry water for irrigation of agricultural fields around the island. In the second part, the trail penetrates into the interior of the island that stills remains the same since before its discovery more than five centuries ago. On this path you’ll find the natural flora and fauna of Madeira that includes laurel, heather, chaffinch, among many others. Just as you think you’ve reached the end of the levada, keep walking to explore the incredible forest and the exhilarating beauty this unique place has to offer.

Northeast Madeira 4X4 Tour from Funchal

3. Northeast Madeira 4X4 Tour from Funchal

Head out from Funchal on a full-day tour of Madeira’s north-east. Leaving the town behind, stop in São Vicente, and take in amazing 360-degree views. Marvel at the contrast of colors from the vineyards. Enjoy a drive along serpentine roads and through forests. Discover the unique scenery of the area from an open-top 4X4 vehicle. Before lunch, visit a water mill and see the traditional thatched houses of Santana. Stop to enjoy lunch in idyllic surroundings, and later visit a sugar cane and rum factory, where you can taste the local rum. Finish your tour in Caniçal, where you’ll have spectacular views of Ponta São Lourenço – the eastern part of the island.

North Madeira & Wine Tour 4x4 Jipe Tour

4. North Madeira & Wine Tour 4x4 Jipe Tour

We leave from Funchal to the village of Santa Cruz for a short stop. Then, we start the trip to Porto da Cruz, where we visit the Sugarcane Mill where there is the possibility to taste the famous and typical regional drink “Poncha”, made with sugarcane brandy. We continue until we reach Santana, along dirt roads and winding through the green of the Laurissilva that will take us to the parish of Ilha and S. Jorge where we can appreciate the natural beauty, passing by the viewpoint of Boca das Voltas with a magnificent view. From here we head towards Arco de S. Jorge, already by the sea, for lunch. After this break, we continue along the north coast, passing through Boaventura, Ponta Delgada and São Vicente, where we will stop at Quinta do Barbusano, to visit the property and taste the wines produced there. In the wine tasting you can taste red, white and rosé wines. In the late afternoon we return to Funchal.

Madeira: Full-Day Private North Coast Tour

5. Madeira: Full-Day Private North Coast Tour

1 - Your adventure begins after being picked up at your hotel; cruise Ship terminal, or any other place where you stay. 2 - Heading towards the Serra de Água Valley, where we will go up the Encumeada road, from there we will be able to have an amazing view over the entire valley, and often see the formation of clouds, an extraordinary phenomenon of nature. 3 - Heading towards the spectacular mountain plateau of Paúl da Serra, making a short stop to explore Madeira's ancient Laurisilva forest, hilly meadows and crooked tress everywhere where usually the fog starts rolling in from the hillside shrouding the landscape in mysterious fog, arriving at Fanal is like entering fairytale story. And now you are here completely amazed, walk among the old crooked trees completely enchanted by the fairytale landscape. 4 - After this stop we head towards Porto Moniz where you can see the natural pools, formed by volcanic lava where you being able to bathe if the weather is inviting. 5 - From here we head east towards Ribeira da Janela where you will met the most extensive and abundant water course formed in the interior of the island, in the middle of the mountains and flowing into the ocean. 6 - Heading towards Seixal the most beautiful beach on the Madeira island, a beach flanked by mountains covered with majestic tropical forest, reminiscent of the most beautiful corners of the Asian paradise islands. 7 - By now you should be hungry and we will stop for lunch to try some of the regional food. The restaurant will be chosen from numerous options according to your gastronomic preferences. 8 - Keeping the East course, you will enjoy the road between the sea and the mountain covered by the "Laurisilva" tropical forest, in an authentic "Jurassic Park" scenario. At this stage of the journey you will stop at some of the most beautiful viewpoints on the north coast. 8 - We follow our experience passing by the ruins of São Jorge. 9 - Vila de Santana where you can see the architecture of the original houses in the north of the Island. 10 - Heading to the village of Porto da Cruz where you can drink the best Poncha Madeira's original drink. 11 - From where we left towards to the viewpoint of Pico do Facho already on the south side, here you can get an impressive view of the Ponta de são Lourenço, over the Machico Village, and the international airport of Madeira, being one of the most spectacular and impressive viewpoints on the south coast. 12 - Your adventure ends here, and now it's time to relax until your final destination where you will be dropped off at your hotel; cruise ship terminal, or any other place of your choice.

Madeira: Private Levada da Silveira Walk

6. Madeira: Private Levada da Silveira Walk

Enjoy a private half-day hiking trip to discover the Levada da Silveira, one of the oldest levadas in the country. Admire the diverse flora during this magnificent walk, along one of Madeira’s least visited waterways. Get picked up from your accommodation and drive to the trailhead to start your tour. Follow the route of the levada, enjoying the open spaces and fantastic views. Walk through the municipalities of Santana, São Jorge, and Ilha, passing through a tunnel along the way. The walk ends in Ribeira dos Arcos, where you’ll stop for a break and to swim in a small lagoon, before returning along the same path.

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What people are saying about Sao Jorge

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 38 reviews

The excursion was great (Levado do Rei, approx. 10 km, easy to walk), my guide Marco gave me all the freedom to take photos, set my own pace and enjoy nature and the walk. I felt in good hands all round. Richard had coordinated the pick-up at the hotel in advance, the entire appointment coordination worked well. And the subsequent stop for lunch was good, no tourist restaurant, down-to-earth, good cuisine. I give 10 out of 10 points :-) for this trip.

I enjoyed it so much! We visited few very beautiful places, which I would never get to myself. It felt like a real adventure. Highly recommend to travel around island with 4*4 and not with a microbus tours

Great trip! Saw very beautiful landscapes and got a lot of impressions and background information. Our guide Spencer was a particular highlight

Very nice safari with a great tour guide! Got to know a nice group of people and saw beautiful areas. Recommended!!

amazing! guide was fantastic! so knowledgeable and knew all the secrets