Unique things to do in Madeira
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Unique things to do in Madeira

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Madeira Top Sunrise
* The activity is going to start during the night where we are going to collect all the guests from all their accommodations (If you are in Funchal, Caniço, Santa Cruz, Machico, Porto da Cruz and Santana surroundings) or meeting point for all the rest in Viveiros Galp Gas Station (In Estrada Doutor João Abel de Freitas 82). * The drive will take around 1 hour and 20 minutes to the place * We will have to walk up mountain for 2,5 kilometers but not so steep, more like a slow walk, from which we observe the stars and "milky way" * On the top of the highest mountain we wait for the sunrise * After all the pictures and videos are taken we start the descend to the car * Drive back to guest's accommodations Other things to note Depending on the weather forecasts we might have to change the place or in extreme cases we repeat the experience in the following day, if available tour/seats.
Porto Moniz & Fanal, volcanic pools, memorable adventure
The Northwest region of Madeira is like a hidden treasure chest waiting to be discovered! Imagine yourself swimming in those volcanic pools, feeling the cool water against your skin while surrounded by ancient rock formations. And then, embarking on that off-the-beaten-track adventure in a wild 4x4 Jeep, driving through rugged terrains to find hidden gems like the mystical Fanal forest. Picture yourself standing on the vast plateau of Paul da Serra, taking in the breathtaking panoramic views that stretch as far as the eye can see. And don't forget about the coastal village of Ribeira da Janela, nestled between towering cliffs, offering a peaceful retreat where you can connect with nature or simply unwind on the idyllic beach. As you journey further to Porto Moniz, imagine yourself dipping into those natural swimming pools, carved by volcanic forces, while gazing out at the vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean. And finally, Seixal welcomes you with its black sand beach, surrounded by lush greenery and dramatic cliffs, providing the perfect backdrop for a serene walk along the shore. With so many incredible sights and experiences awaiting you in the Northwest region of Madeira, it's time to buckle up, hop into that open-top 4x4 Jeep, and embark on a truly unforgettable adventure filled with beauty, tranquility, and a touch of magic!
Cliff Skywalk, Porto Moniz Volcanic Pools and Fanal Forest
From Funchal we go to São Vicente in the North Coast, a place known for its vineyards and volcanic caves. Then we visit one of the most famous waterfall that resembles a bride’s veil . On the way to Porto Moniz we’ll pass through Seixal having the opportunity to enjoy a beautiful view over the black volcanic sandy beach . Then , we go to a hidden spot of undeniable beauty called Poças das Lesmas . Afterwards , we stop at the natural volcanic pools in Porto Moniz, where you may swim in crystalline waters for 1 hour and enjoy the beautiful scenery around this incredible place (3 € p/p not included ) . Later , going to Fanal you’ll experience an outstanding off-road 4x4 open roof to enjoy the endemic and introduced species of fauna and flora . Then in Fanal a magical place of rare beauty with centenary trees in the heart of the Laurissilva Forest (the largest of the world) , which is one of the 7th Natural Wonders of Portugal . Continuing to Paúl da Serra, the largest plateau of the island at nearly at 1500 mts high with stunning views, you will have a lunch break in a typical Madeiran restaurant (not included). Finally we drive to Cabo Girão, one of the highest Cliffs of the World with 580 mts, known by its suspended glass floor viewpoint which offers a spectacular panoramic view over the Atlantic Ocean , Câmara de Lobos and Funchal ( 2 € p/p not included ).
Local 4x4 Tours @ Ponta do Sol
The experience begins downtown Ponta do Sol, near the beach and supermarket where you can buy your last snacks and drinks for the journey. The first hour we will go upstream Ponta do Sol river, that will take us to a "levada" walk, where we will find a hidden waterfall. In the second hour we go up the mountain to do the sheperd's tour and be delighted with wonderful landscapes, wildlife and pure Nature. The third hour will be spent on preparing traditional food and drinks for a gastronomic experience, in a old sheperds shelter. The last 3 hours of the tour will be spent mostly in the Laurisilva endemic forest, in the north side of the island, which will take you to to the heart of the island and it's origins. For the end of this experience, I will take you back to the south coast for an amazing sunset. Other things to note Be prepared for adventure and some adrenaline. I'm going to be telling some stories about these landscapes and ecological value, the way older generations built these roads and water channels.
Aulas de surf na ilha da Madeira
We want you to learn how to surf! We will meet at our Surf School Base in Machico at the mentioned schedule. Let us know if you need we pick-up/drop-off from your accommodation or a meeting point defined by us. From Funchal, Caniço and Santa Cruz area an extra free of 10€ per person will be charged, to be paid on the day. (Other places, price on request) **Please confirm if you need pick-up / drop-off, otherwise we consider the meeting point at our School base.** After you put your wetsuits on we will have a briefing to intruduce you to the surf basics, a warm-up and practice in land, the we will go into the water and surf! Yes, you will surf a wave! You will achieve something in these around 90min on the water, that took me several months to learn alone and my with friends, over 30 years ago. Don't miss out on your opportunity to surf Madeira Island. We and the waves are waiting for you! Other things to note ****This activity can be changed to other schedule due to tides and surf condictions - the right schedule will be reconfirmed after booking **** No experience needed. The schedule can be adjusted due to weather and sea condictions. If you have your own transport, you can showup at tour base! Bring your will to smile! Let's enjoy the joy of surfing!!!

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Luxury Dolphins and Whale Watching on a Catamaran
We offer a 3 hour All Inclusive trip on a Fast Catamaran for dolphin and whale watching. We encounter dolphins or whales 98% of the time. We operate more than a tourist attraction! Our team of marine biologists are associated with several scientific research programs on cetaceans. During our cruises they monitor and report the behaviours, interactions, observations and position of each species with the objective of the well-being and protection of cetaceans. A glass of Portuguese sparkling wine will be offered to you upon your arrival, then you will enjoy an open bar with cocktails, local wines, beers, juices, sodas, coffee, as well as local food, cookies and ice cream. The departure is from the Marina of Funchal in search of cetaceans in the bay. We will then go to the foot of Cabo Girão, the second largest sea cliff in Europe, 586m high, where we will stop for 20 minutes to swim or simply admire the view. The return is then made along the magnificent coast towards the Marina. Other notes: If the weather is bad for the trip, we will contact you to reschedule or give you a full refund.
Sunrise & Stairways to Heaven walk
Brace yourself for an experience like no other - witness the legendary sunrise of Madeira from the summit of Pico Areeiro (1818m) in the majestic mountains. Your journey begins with a pickup at the iconic Cristiano Ronaldo Museum, an hour before the sun begins to rise, followed by a 35-40 minute transfer to Pico Areeiro. As you arrive, we'll provide a short briefing and equip you with a torch to light up the first few minutes of your trek. The adventure kicks off as we embark on the trail connecting the highest peaks of the island, commencing a thrilling night walk. En route to the sunrise spot, we'll take you to the incredible Ninho da Manta viewpoint and the famed Stairways to Heaven ridge, offering stunning panoramas of the rugged terrain. As the sun starts to crest the horizon and picture-perfect moments are captured, we'll retrace our steps, savouring the enchanting scenery with the golden hour casting a magical glow on the mountains. This experience entails a 40-60 minute walk, and the total duration from pickup to drop-off is approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes. The trek features stairs along the way, night walking, and possible vertigo, providing a challenge for the intrepid traveller. We operate in a vulnerable environment, where weather conditions can change abruptly. Should we be unable to proceed safely, we'll offer a new date or alternative tour as compensation.
Sunrise / Morning Self-Guided Hike Pico Arieiro & Pico Ruivo
We provide a different perspective on hiking: at your own pace. With pick up and drop at your accommodation*, enjoy a Self Guided hike and visit the most famous walk in Madeira: Pico do Arieiro to Pico Ruivo, for the sunrise or a later morning schedules. This hike is located between the highest mountains in Madeira (up to 1862 m) and incorporates the most incredible landscapes and scenaries. Program: The guests are picked up at their accommodation to join a shared transfer (up to 8 guests per van), in direction to the 2nd highest mountain - Pico do Arieiro (beggining). The hosts provide hike instructions and map explanation, with schedules. You will have 5 hours to go from Pico do Arieiro to Pico Ruivo and then Achada do Teixeira (10 km). The pick up after the hike is at Achada do Teixeira (parking lot). Hike Information: - Duration: 5 hours - Extension: 10 km - Starting Point: Pico do Arieiro (1818 m) - Ending Point: Achada do Teixeira (1600 m) - Max Elevation: 1862 m (Pico Ruivo) - Min Elevation: 1548 m Transfer Information: - Capacity: 8 people - From the city to Pico do Arieiro: average 1.5 hour - From Achada do Teixeira to the city: average 1.5 hour - *Pick up/Drop off limits: Funchal and Caniço areas Weather conditions are very unpredictable in this part of the island. Your reservation can be canceled or postponed.
Madeira Top Sunrise
* The activity is going to start during the night where we are going to collect all the guests from all their accommodations (If you are in Funchal, Caniço, Santa Cruz, Machico, Porto da Cruz and Santana surroundings) or meeting point for all the rest in Viveiros Galp Gas Station (In Estrada Doutor João Abel de Freitas 82). * The drive will take around 1 hour and 20 minutes to the place * We will have to walk up mountain for 2,5 kilometers but not so steep, more like a slow walk, from which we observe the stars and "milky way" * On the top of the highest mountain we wait for the sunrise * After all the pictures and videos are taken we start the descend to the car * Drive back to guest's accommodations Other things to note Depending on the weather forecasts we might have to change the place or in extreme cases we repeat the experience in the following day, if available tour/seats.
Porto Moniz & Fanal, volcanic pools, memorable adventure
The Northwest region of Madeira is like a hidden treasure chest waiting to be discovered! Imagine yourself swimming in those volcanic pools, feeling the cool water against your skin while surrounded by ancient rock formations. And then, embarking on that off-the-beaten-track adventure in a wild 4x4 Jeep, driving through rugged terrains to find hidden gems like the mystical Fanal forest. Picture yourself standing on the vast plateau of Paul da Serra, taking in the breathtaking panoramic views that stretch as far as the eye can see. And don't forget about the coastal village of Ribeira da Janela, nestled between towering cliffs, offering a peaceful retreat where you can connect with nature or simply unwind on the idyllic beach. As you journey further to Porto Moniz, imagine yourself dipping into those natural swimming pools, carved by volcanic forces, while gazing out at the vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean. And finally, Seixal welcomes you with its black sand beach, surrounded by lush greenery and dramatic cliffs, providing the perfect backdrop for a serene walk along the shore. With so many incredible sights and experiences awaiting you in the Northwest region of Madeira, it's time to buckle up, hop into that open-top 4x4 Jeep, and embark on a truly unforgettable adventure filled with beauty, tranquility, and a touch of magic!
Welcome to Magical Madeira
Hey! In my experience I will take you to where I love,to where I am happy,and I am happy on cliffs on the edge of the ocean, I will take you to highest mountains in Madeira above the clouds and to crazy amazing waterfalls and lagoons in the beautiful amazing Madeira forest.I do sunsets and sunrises always in places that we will be out of the crowds. I am also able to do special retreats in the wild in the Nature for someone or a group of people that want to explore Madeira from mountain to the ocean from hiking to climbing to diving to snorkeling to having local drinks and Amazing food. I am a certified tour guide but first of all I am a human as everyone so I just ask anyone that wants to book with me to be a nature lover. My daily experience takes around 7 to 8 hours, and my Nature wild retreats can take 3 to 6 days just depends of how many days you will be willing to explore all the island with me. I love Madeira so much that for sure you will love it to. Hope to see you one day walking with mce just thinking how lucky we are to live on this crazy amazing wild planet.Also for anyone wanting to propose to his/her soulmate I can prepare the most amazing special day/evening of your life.I also do the peak arieiro to pico ruivo hike both ways starting at pico ruivo where there is less tourists and returning to stay the night on the highest shelter looking the Milky Way .
Ocean View Amazing Food Experiences
Our experience will create unique and unforgettable moments for our guests. The objective is to show a 3-course menu with drinks, where the products of our island and our plantation will be highlighted. Since we call for the use of "seasonal products" our menu will vary according to the same, always keeping "Madeira traditional Espetada" as the protagonist. (There are vegetarian options) Upon arrival, our guests will be welcomed with a "Welcome drink". The second moment will be a visit to our space and our agricultural production, where we will harvest some products that will be present on our menu. Then we start making our menu, where we want our guests to be an integral part of it, in order to make the whole process known and create bonds. After the tasting phase, our experience ends with a self-made digestive, typical of Madeira Island.
Cliff Skywalk, Porto Moniz Volcanic Pools and Fanal Forest
From Funchal we go to São Vicente in the North Coast, a place known for its vineyards and volcanic caves. Then we visit one of the most famous waterfall that resembles a bride’s veil . On the way to Porto Moniz we’ll pass through Seixal having the opportunity to enjoy a beautiful view over the black volcanic sandy beach . Then , we go to a hidden spot of undeniable beauty called Poças das Lesmas . Afterwards , we stop at the natural volcanic pools in Porto Moniz, where you may swim in crystalline waters for 1 hour and enjoy the beautiful scenery around this incredible place (3 € p/p not included ) . Later , going to Fanal you’ll experience an outstanding off-road 4x4 open roof to enjoy the endemic and introduced species of fauna and flora . Then in Fanal a magical place of rare beauty with centenary trees in the heart of the Laurissilva Forest (the largest of the world) , which is one of the 7th Natural Wonders of Portugal . Continuing to Paúl da Serra, the largest plateau of the island at nearly at 1500 mts high with stunning views, you will have a lunch break in a typical Madeiran restaurant (not included). Finally we drive to Cabo Girão, one of the highest Cliffs of the World with 580 mts, known by its suspended glass floor viewpoint which offers a spectacular panoramic view over the Atlantic Ocean , Câmara de Lobos and Funchal ( 2 € p/p not included ).
Private Buggy Off-Road Driving Experience
Follow the guide along remote dirt tracks to discover the island on a different way, far from the touristic places. Each vehicle seats two people, allowing for double the fun as you cruise around. We will cross landscapes from sea to mountains, passing through our forest that is world heritage - Laurissilva Forest - and making stops to enjoy the stunning landscapes and take photos to later remember, but we can guarantee that it will be unforgettable! Join us @funadventuresmadeira For private groups of up to 4 people there is the opportunity of the Buggy + Quad experience, where you can experience driving two different vehicles in just one trip!
Local 4x4 Tours @ Ponta do Sol
The experience begins downtown Ponta do Sol, near the beach and supermarket where you can buy your last snacks and drinks for the journey. The first hour we will go upstream Ponta do Sol river, that will take us to a "levada" walk, where we will find a hidden waterfall. In the second hour we go up the mountain to do the sheperd's tour and be delighted with wonderful landscapes, wildlife and pure Nature. The third hour will be spent on preparing traditional food and drinks for a gastronomic experience, in a old sheperds shelter. The last 3 hours of the tour will be spent mostly in the Laurisilva endemic forest, in the north side of the island, which will take you to to the heart of the island and it's origins. For the end of this experience, I will take you back to the south coast for an amazing sunset. Other things to note Be prepared for adventure and some adrenaline. I'm going to be telling some stories about these landscapes and ecological value, the way older generations built these roads and water channels.
Surfing Lessons
The surf lessons takes 2 hours, with all materials included and under the guidance of a teacher certified by the Portuguese Surfing Federation. We will surf on the best spots around the island according the weather and surf forecast. Normally we surf at the beaches from Porto da Cruz village, because they are the best spots for learning and improving your surf. The surf lessons have a theoretical part, warming up and practical in the water. During the lesson we can make some pictures with GoPro camera, and send to the students. Other things to note You will learn how to surf the proper way, and have fun while doing it! *The schudele could be adjusted according to the weather forecast. *Transfer not included.
Amazing Northwest in 4x4
On this tour you will discover the Northwest side of Madeira in a open top 4x4 vehicle. This tour starts at 8h30 in the morning, depending the area of your accomodation, lasts 8 hours, from 8h30 until 17h00, and will be made on board a 4x4 vehicle, passing at the old forestry roads and off-road, where you don't reach with a normal car. In this excursion, we will also have a walk in the "levadas", about 20 minutes, discovering its origins and utilities. We continue our journey towards the mountains of the Ribeira Brava, and then cross to the North of Madeira, discovering small hidden villages. We ascend to the only plateau on the Island, Paúl da Serra, about 1500 meters above sea level, passing through the endemic forest, rich in fauna and flora. Then, we will head towards Porto Moniz, passing by Fanal and Ribeira da Janela. In Porto Moniz you have the opportunity to swim in the volcanic pools and in the afternoon enjoy the view of the cliffs along the coast between Porto Moniz and São Vicente, as well as other natural pools, dark sandy beaches, and small villages. Before returning to your lodging, you will have the opportunity to drink the real "poncha". Other things to note We do the pick up at your hotel/ guest house free in Funchal and Caniço area. Other areas has a extra cost lunch is optional 18.00 Euros per person including drink and coffee
Aulas de surf na ilha da Madeira
We want you to learn how to surf! We will meet at our Surf School Base in Machico at the mentioned schedule. Let us know if you need we pick-up/drop-off from your accommodation or a meeting point defined by us. From Funchal, Caniço and Santa Cruz area an extra free of 10€ per person will be charged, to be paid on the day. (Other places, price on request) **Please confirm if you need pick-up / drop-off, otherwise we consider the meeting point at our School base.** After you put your wetsuits on we will have a briefing to intruduce you to the surf basics, a warm-up and practice in land, the we will go into the water and surf! Yes, you will surf a wave! You will achieve something in these around 90min on the water, that took me several months to learn alone and my with friends, over 30 years ago. Don't miss out on your opportunity to surf Madeira Island. We and the waves are waiting for you! Other things to note ****This activity can be changed to other schedule due to tides and surf condictions - the right schedule will be reconfirmed after booking **** No experience needed. The schedule can be adjusted due to weather and sea condictions. If you have your own transport, you can showup at tour base! Bring your will to smile! Let's enjoy the joy of surfing!!!
Whale & Dolphin watching cruise from Calheta, Madeira
Sail out for a 2.5 hour wildlife watching cruise, on a comfortable yacht equipped with a cabin and a restroom, a sundeck, sofas and a sunshade for a relaxing experience you won't forget. Contemplate the amazing coastline of the Southwestern part of Madeira island, while our on-land spotter will be searching for wildlife and guiding our crew to the right location. Let me introduce you to the magic of the ocean and the amazing whales, dolphins and turtles that visit the area, bearing in mind their well-being and guided by a team who cares. I will be happy to explain why Madeira island is such a special place to watch cetaceans all year round. As many as 26 to 29 species do visit our area and there is so much I would like to share with you about each one of them. Prepare your questions. Make the most of this experience ! If you feel like jumping from the boat to freshen up in the warm crystal clear waters of Madeira island, snorkelling equipment and bathing towels are provided on-board. Check out the local marine life and the rocky bottom.
Northwest jeep experience
In this experience, you will visit non-tourist places in Madeira, places that you can only see using a four-wheel drive vehicle. We will pick you up at your accommodation on Airbnb and then we will start in the mountains of Ribeira Brava, with an excellent landscape. Then, the UNESCO forest, the "levadas", our famous handmade aqueducts, used for centuries with great utility, from the irrigation of fields and drinking water for consumption, water mills and the trail to cross the villages .
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