12 Fun Tours in Madeira, Portugal, You HAVE to Take!

Madeira is an especially stunning island in the course of the Atlantic Ocean. About a 2-hour flight from Portugal Mainland, Madeira is the most important island within the Madeira Archipelago (which incorporates Porto Santo and the Desertas)!

Since I travelled solo and didn’t really feel like renting a automobile only for me, I made a decision to take excursions to every of the sights – this manner I couldn’t solely get all the data on the place, but in addition meet some folks! There are numerous decisions for any sort of style, from strolling excursions to shore excursions, day journeys, and far more, so you’re positive to seek out one thing you’ll love.

I personally had plenty of enjoyable and that can assist you slender down the alternatives, I gathered right here the finest excursions and excursions in Madeira – I additionally made some additional analysis on excursions I missed. By the way in which, all of them depart from Funchal, the island’s capital, that’s simply the way in which it’s organized there.

Dolphin watching within the Atlantic ocean, strolling by pure Levada walks, inexperienced forests, and excessive peaks, enjoyable in pure swimming pools, are you prepared to find the most effective Madeira excursions and fascinating issues to do?

So… let’s begin checking all of them!

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If you don’t have time to learn the entire put up, here’s a fast abstract of the highest Madeira Island Tours:

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1. See the west of Madeira

1 tour of the west side of Madeira

As I stated within the intro, Madeira Island is large, so you must dedicate one complete day to discover the west half of the island and the opposite day for the east half, and that’s what I did, beginning with a tour of the west side of Madeira

On at the present time journey, they’ll decide you up in a jeep and take you to all the principle sights in West Madeira. They’re presupposed to name you, and whereas they didn’t name me, the motive force was ready for me on time on the entrance of my resort. 

For the morning portion of the tour, the information will take you to see the Bride’s veil waterfall and the gorgeous Porto Moniz Natural swimming pools, the place you possibly can swim and stare upon the most effective views of the Atlantic Ocean. 

I didn’t swim as a result of it was too chilly and windy for me (however some folks from the group did and so they appear to have loved it!). The value to enter is €3, wether you swim or not (the views are value it in any manner!), however you possibly can at all times simply have a look at it from up (view on the pic beneath). And be sure to convey your swimming swimsuit and a towel – who is aware of, possibly it is going to be sunny for you! 🙂  

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The subsequent cease would be the Fanal Forest which is the place you begin to be actually grateful you’re in a Jeep, as the motive force is ready to proceed the drive on bumpy roads in the course of the jungle! If the climate is nice, they’ll open the roof of the automobile to allow you to stand and gaze on the pure environment, which was a very enjoyable expertise!

Finally, it’s lunch time! You’ll make a cease to eat in a restaurant, however keep in mind that the lunch is paid for individually. I had some fish and a drink and it was about €17. The restaurant selection was supplied by the tour and I really feel like there aren’t another choices than the chosen restaurant as it’s in the course of nowhere. 

The tour ends with a go to to Cabo Girao: one of many highest cliffs in Europe (it has an elevation of 580m / 1,900ft), from the place you’ll get unbelievable views of Funchal metropolis. This place additionally hosts an excellent cool skywalk.

Essentially a glass walkway the place you possibly can see what you will have beneath your toes!

The tour was nice, and I had plenty of enjoyable, nevertheless, whereas he was an ideal driver, my information didn’t actually present any data or tales concerning the areas we had been visiting. I do know from many nice evaluations that Diogo and Rui are excellent, so I counsel you guide the excursions with them!

P.S.: If for any cause you don’t like the concept of touring in a Jeep, this tour follows precisely the identical route however in an air-conditioned van, which may be extra comfy! Or, if you wish to be a part of a tour with simply your journey companions, here’s a private tour I discovered which visits the identical landmarks. 

Price: €74

2. Explore Madeira East

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This guided tour explores the opposite a part of the island, the east facet, which is greater than the one we simply noticed. The tour I took across the east was on a small bus with as much as round 20 folks (so a bit greater than the earlier Jeep). The information will decide you up out of your resort once more and provide you with information in 2 languages – Portuguese and English. 

NOTE: Be conscious that the tour will observe windy, uphill roads with plenty of turns, so it couldn’t be the only option if you happen to’re delicate to curvy driving! If that’s the case, be sure to sit within the entrance, otherwise you take a movement illness tablet earlier than the tour.

The first cease is at a panoramic viewpoint the place you’ll get unbelievable views of Funchal, nevertheless it will get even higher once they subsequent take you to the best peak on the island, Pico Arieiro. At 1,818 meters (5,965 toes), the views are fairly unbelievable!

After that, you’ll go to Ribeiro Frio, from the place you possibly can see the well-known Levadas, a system of channels to convey water from the north of the island, the place it’s notably ample, to the south… Basically an aqueduct!

PRO TIP: In Madeira Island, there are lots of “Levada Walks” that are strolling trails following the upkeep paths proper beside the Levadas. If you’re on the lookout for an fascinating hike to do, they’re inaccessible by automobiles, so it’s an ideal likelihood to benefit from the open air and nature!

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Traditional Santana homes

The subsequent cease shall be Santana, a city within the North East of Madeira. Here you possibly can see Sanata’s typical historic homes the place they preserved the normal straw roof. 

FUN FACT: People don’t dwell in these native homes anymore because it prices round €4,000 to interchange the roof, which isn’t actually sustainable for the typical particular person. So these homes are only for vacationers, nevertheless it’s cool to see how they as soon as lived. 

Here you’ll even have 1.5hrs of free time to have lunch and see the place. While the information did suggest someplace to eat, you don’t should take the advice and I discovered one thing completely different alone. 

The final 2 panoramic stops of this very full guided tour are Pico de Facho, a viewpoint from the place you possibly can see the planes taking off, and São Laurenco, probably the most japanese level in Madeira Island (and the windiest, I’d say!)

FUN FACT: Madeira Island’s airport was once some of the harmful airports in Europe as a result of it has a really quick touchdown strip! But don’t fear, they just lately made it longer, so now planes have loads of area to land and take off.

P.S.: If you like doing the identical tour in a Jeep, take a look at this option, whereas if you wish to mix a go to to the east and west sides of Madeira, guide this two-day trip across the island! 

Price: €34

3. Swim with dolphins on a tour in Madeira

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Actually swimming with dolphins within the pure habitat – his tour was the spotlight of my complete journey (or my complete life?)!

It has at all times been my dream to swim with dolphins, and I at all times skipped this doubtful expertise earlier than in several water parks – the dolphins are in captivity there and it simply didn’t price proper to me. But this one is completely different – they really swim within the ocean and clearly they don’t seem to be compelled to work together with people.

NOTE: It will not be assured that you’re going to get to swim with dolphins on this tour if the situations aren’t proper, like if the ocean is just too tough, if there aren’t any dolphins (after all), or if the animals should not behaving pleasant.

For this tour, they don’t decide you up, so you’ll need to go on to the Funchal Marina (don’t be late as they don’t wait!). I counsel you put on your swimming swimsuit straight away, since there is no such thing as a place to vary, whereas whenever you arrive on the boat, they provides you with a wetsuit to placed on prime if you want. The water is at all times fairly chilly, so I put it on, however you don’t should!

It took as about quarter-hour to see a flock of dolphins within the ocean (there’s a complete crew of “spotters” working from the shore, they gave the coordinates to our boat driver). Once there, you’ll soar on the rib boat (this tour takes you on a smaller boat versus the dolphin watching cruises, that are on greater catamarans) and begin heading in direction of the spot the place the dolphins (supposedly) are. When I did the tour the water was a bit bumpy, it’s not at all times like that, it is determined by the ocean situations, however I don’t suggest it for seasick folks.

When you lastly get to the spot with the dolphins, they let 4 folks (one one either side of the boat) be within the water at one time nevertheless you can’t simply swim by your self. They provides you with a rope to carry onto, so you possibly can let your self be dragged by the boat whereas trying on the dolphins swimming round you!

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PRO TIP: They can even provide you with a masks when it’s your flip to swim. I went in twice and the primary time, the masks wasn’t excellent high quality because it was foggy, and I acquired water inside straight away. The second time I loved the dive far more as a result of the brand new masks match my face significantly better, and I had no issues with the masks, So you probably have your personal (good) masks, convey it with you!

It was my first time seeing dolphins underwater, and it was simply nice! The tour lasted round 2h, and as I stated, my expertise was wonderful! We even noticed whales and maaaany dolphins, possibly about 30 altogether from completely different sides… They are very curious and swim round you however don’t get tremendous shut. 

The better part is that you just actually get to see and work together with wild animals of their pure habitat. It was such an unforgettable expertise, and I believe it is without doubt one of the finest excursions for households!

Half of the folks on my tour truly didn’t go swimming, most likely due to the chilly water. If you are feeling like this is able to be your case, you possibly can be a part of this tour as a substitute, the place you possibly can go dolphin and whale watching on a catamaran (a bit much less bumpy) with out having to swim.

And if you wish to have a extra unique expertise, there are different nice excursions for you too. This luxury dolphin and whale watching tour gives an open bar and VIP service, or this private boat tour (for small teams) throughout sundown is a magical journey the place you won’t see sea life, however get pleasure from unbelievable views of the Madeira island from the water! 

Price: €54

4. Join a strolling tour of Funchal, Madeira’s capital metropolis

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If you wish to study concerning the historical past of Madeira’s capital metropolis and of the island itself, you must positively be a part of this free walking tour, throughout which you’ll discover Funchal with an area information!

It was a good way to find the town with an area, and I discovered many new issues as we explored the town by foot.

Did you understand that Madeira Island was the primary place the Portuguese settled abroad (within the Age of Discoveries)? And that Funchal is the hometown of the Football celebrity Cristiano Ronaldo? Well, you’ll get to know far more through the tour, which lasts about 3 hours. 

And in case you are an enormous fan of Ronaldo, take a look at this tour the place you’ll find out about his spectacular life story and go to essential locations about this legend’s life and profession, in addition to the CR7 museum.

If you don’t discover availability for the free strolling tour I took, there are lots of Madeira excursions of this sort. You also can be a part of this 2-hour tour by the streets of Funchal’s Old Town, throughout which the tour information will let you know every thing concerning the historical past of the town, for €13.

Funchal is the place to begin of all of the unbelievable excursions you’ll discover on this weblog (and on the island), which makes it one in every of the best areas to stay in Madeira and positively a spot you must discover intimately!

5. Hike from Pico Arieiro to Pico Ruivo

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Are you an avid hiker at all times on the lookout for difficult paths to observe? Then this is without doubt one of the finest tours you possibly can be a part of on Madeira Island for you. It will convey you alongside the jagged peaks between the Pico do Arieiro and Pico Ruivo, the best level (and some of the stunning locations) on the entire island!

They will decide you up at your resort and drive you to the third highest peak in Madeira, the Pico Arieiro (1,818m), the place you’ll have a espresso or drink whereas having fun with the gorgeous views. From there, you’ll start the mighty stroll as much as Pico Ruivo peak (1,862m). 

Once you’ll lastly get there (additionally, you will must climb many stairs within the second a part of the hike), I promise you the views will reward all of your efforts! The complete tour lasts about 8h and ends with a drink at a standard bar, the right approach to end your day!

Price: €42

6. Join a scrumptious meals and wine tour in Madeira

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A visit will not be full if you happen to don’t attempt the normal meals of the place, proper? And what higher manner to try this than by becoming a member of one of many many meals excursions on Madeira Island?

During this 3-hour food and wine walking tour in Funchal, you’ll style many typical and scrumptious Portuguese dishes and genuine Madeira wine. Your information will take you to producers, bars, and an area market and let you know every thing there may be to learn about native gastronomy!

Madeira wine is without doubt one of the few wines which has not modified because it was created round 300 years in the past! So whereas you’re going to get a style of it on the mixed meals and wine tour above, if you happen to’re excited about studying extra concerning the island’s wine business and meals, take a look at this 8-hour wine tasting tour from Funchal. You will spend the entire day visiting the vineyards and sampling the superb wines of Madeira Island for €150.

Price: €75

7. Visit the Nuns Valley, a hidden spot in Madeira

7 Visit the Nuns Valley

The Nuns Valley is a small village located in a hidden valley on the south coast of Madeira, which is wealthy in historical past, flora, and fauna, and is without doubt one of the hidden gems of the island!

The Nuns Valley acquired its identify as a result of that is the place nuns used to cover from French pirate assaults on Madeira Island through the sixteenth century. The Santa Clara Convent, the place they hid, remains to be there, and you will note it and listen to the tales of survival!

To go to it, I counsel you be a part of this Nuns Valley half-day tour, some of the full Madeira Island excursions. 

In reality, in simply half-day, you’ll hop on a minibus and go to the middle of Madeira Island, by majestic mountains and verdant valleys, and arrive within the small village of Nuns Valley, the place locals dwell utterly remoted from the remainder of Madeira Island.

On your manner again, you’ll additionally cease on the charming village of Camara de Lobos, with its colourful fishing port, and have a glass of the normal Poncha: an alcoholic drink typical of Madeira, made from aguardiente, honey, lemon, and juice.

Price: €22

8. Chase the waterfalls in Madeira

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This is certainly among the best Madeira Island tours, throughout which you’ll take a fascinating stroll by the Laurissilva forest and discover all of the waterfalls of the evergreen Rabaçal valley!

The information will decide you up at your resort in Madeira and drop you off in lots of spots of the island, the place you’ll observe a few of the Levada walks and move by 25 pure springs falling right into a small crystal clear lake surrounded by dense vegetation!

If fairy’s lived in Madeira, that is the place they’d dwell! 

The tour lasts 8 hours and can be the right likelihood to disconnect from every thing and join with nature, you’ll find it irresistible!

Price: €42

Other enjoyable Madeira island excursions:

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The excursions I’ve talked about above are the most well-liked excursions to discover the Island of Madeira, however there are lots extra excursions to take to benefit from the wonderful nature right here.

Here are another excursions that I chosen for you based mostly in your curiosity – all of them have wonderful evaluations too! I’d completely go for them if I’d have extra time on the island.

  • Tour to Porto Santo – Go on a day journey to Porto Santo, a neighboring island internet hosting an extended stunning seaside referred to as the ‘golden island’. During the tour, you’ll have a scenic boat trip and sightseeing tour of the island, from the mountainous north coast to the south bay, for €135.
  • Snorkeling and Kayak tour – Explore the marine life round Madeira Island on this 3 hour tour, throughout which you’ll paddle to Garajau nature reserve and snorkel by crystal-clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean for €35. One of the most effective shore excursions in Madeira!
  • Canyoning tour – Challenge your self with climbing and canyoning on the identical day! Rappel down mountain waterfalls to discover the untouched nature of Madeira Island on this half-day journey with an skilled teacher for €70.
  • Bike tour – Go on this 5-hours guided mountain bike tour by the subtropical Laurel forest, listed as a UNESCO world heritage web site. You will gaze on the gorgeous landscapes of Madeira, and see many endemic species of wildlife for €80.
  • Tuk Tuk tour – Check out this wonderful 2-hours tour, throughout which you’ll trip a tuk tuk to the city of Monte, the place you will note Monte´s Church, uncover the magnificent Tropical Garden in Monte, and luxuriate in an exciting sledge trip on a standard Toboggan for €60.
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  • Hop on Hop off bus tour – Get full entry to 3 routes: one by the principle highlights of Funchal, one to the village of Câmara de Lobos, and one to the Skywalk of Cabo Girão on this hop-on hop-off bus tour, with a selection of a 48-hour or 5-day ticket from €22.
  • Ronaldo tour – Learn all concerning the spectacular life story of the soccer legend Cristiano Ronaldo on this personal 3-hour tour with a information! You will go to essential locations in Ronaldo’s life and profession, in addition to the CR7 museum, for €57.
  • Horseback tour – Spend 2 hours exploring a picturesque horse trails by Madeira’s Laurissilva forest (by the “levada walks”) and thru Madeira’s stunning nature, having fun with very good views over southeastern and northeastern elements of the Island for €180.
  • Small plane scenic tour – Discover the island of Madeira from the air on this scenic flight above the Funchals amphitheater, the inexperienced forests, and the steep coasts of Madeira and even above the islands of Desertas and Porto Santo, for €290.
  • Paragliding Adventure – Fly with an exciting paragliding trip, throughout which you’ll gaze on the spectacular view of Arco da Calheta and Madalena do Mar, and be surrounded by native eagles. You can even get a floor lesson earlier than the flight, all of this for €90.
  • Scuba Diving – Get a scuba diving lesson after which go exploring the spectacular underwater world of Madeira. The dive itself will final about 45 minutes at a most depth of 12 meters, so it’s appropriate for newbies and prices simply €80.

FAQs about Madeira Island Tours

FAQs about Madeira Island Tours

🤩 Which are the most effective Madeira Island excursions?

The finest Madeira excursions are the Madeira West-Side Tour, together with a go to to Porto Moniz pure swimming pools, and this tour by Madeira’s Levada Walks, the Laurissilva forest, and the 25 Waterfalls.

🌳 Is there lots to do on Madeira Island?

Yes, Madeira gives many Madeira excursions and island excursions to the jungle, villages just like the Nuns Valley and Camara de Lobos, wonderful viewpoints and climbing paths (just like the Levada Walks) but in addition jeep excursions, dolphin watching excursions, meals, and wine excursions, and so forth.

🍷 What is Madeira Island identified for?

Madeira Island is principally identified for its conventional wine, nevertheless it has far more to supply, from stunning pure sceneries, pebble seashores, excessive peaks like Eagle Rock, and breathtaking viewpoints like Cabo Girao. You’ll discover many excursions on the Island to discover all this!

📅 How many days ought to I spend in Madeira?

If you possibly can, I like to recommend you keep round 1 week in Madeira, so that you’ll have on a regular basis to discover the island’s nature, be a part of the numerous excursions accessible, hike by the well-known Levada walks, and in addition get pleasure from some enjoyable seaside time!

👪 What are the most effective excursions in Madeira Island for households?


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We’re lastly on the finish of this information to the most effective excursions within the gorgeous Madeira Island, the place you’ll swim with dolphins, get pleasure from the most effective panoramic views, and discover untouched pure sceneries!

We noticed all the most effective Madeira Island excursions, from Madeira excursions by the Atlantic Ocean waters to day journeys on completely different sides of Madeira, all of them ranging from Funchal Old Town, so there’s one thing for any style right here!

So what are you ready for? Book some excursions, and If you haven’t already, take a look at the best places to stay on the island!

I hope you’ll get pleasure from Madeira as a lot as I did, and also you appreciated my tour strategies, however you probably have any questions or tour strategies for me, please depart them within the feedback beneath, I’m trying ahead to studying all of them!

Enjoy your wonderful excursions in Madeira!


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