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Western island tour
Shore excursion of the category „Landscape & Nature“
Discover all the highlights of the West combined with the beauties of the north coast of Madeira on a breathtaking island tour.
Overview of the highlights
- Fishing village Câmara de Lobos
- Great views from various vantage points
- Stunning cliff Cabo Girão
- Picturesque village of São Vicente
- Natural swimming pool of Porto Moniz
- Highland plains Paul da Serra
Your local guide will pick you up after you leave the terminal building and off you go on your excursion to the west of Madeira.
On the way, you will stop at the viewpoint Pico da Torre through the first traditional fishing village Câmara de Lobos (“cave of the monk seals”). Câmara de Lobos, located 3.1 mi from Funchal, was named by the discoverers João Gonçalves Zarco and Tristão Vaz Teixeira due to the shape of its bay and the many monk seals that lived there at the time. The fishing town gained fame as Winston Churchill immortalized the site on many of his paintings.
Our journey continues to Cabo Girão, one of Madeira’s most famous tourist attractions. At 580 meters above sea level, Cabo Girão is the second highest cliff in the world and the highest sea cliff in Europe. The bravest can venture out of the viewing platform with a glass floor to enjoy a thrilling adrenaline rush over the steep cliff.
Continue to Ribeira Brava and then north through the deep and narrow Serra D’Água valley. You will drive 3303 ft up to Encumeada. The lookout point of Encumeada Pass is located on the ridge that runs through Madeira. From here you can enjoy incredible views of both the south and north coasts of the island.
After that, you will go down to the north coast where there is a mile-long, picturesque Atlantic coast, where the mountains fall directly into the sea. After São Vicente, one of the predominant villages on the northern coast of Madeira, you will continue to the beautiful village of Porto Moniz. Here you will have approximately 1 hour of free time for lunch, as well as time to admire the natural pools surrounded by bizarre lava rocks. The shallow pools, whose crystal-clear waters are replaced by the flood daily, are a popular seaside resort of the locals.
Continue on a panoramic road up to Paul da Serra, a plateau at almost 4593 ft with breathtaking views and incomparable scenery. The last stop on this wonderful tour is in Bica da Cana with a fantastic view of the Massif Central before your tour ends at the harbor.
We wish you an exciting shore excursion on Madeira!
Start time 08:45 in the morning (you will be told the exact time)
Easy (panoramic tour with walks)
|What to bring|
Light clothing and comfortable, solid shoes. Don’t forget your camera, sunscreen and sufficient water
|Services not included|
|Min. number of participants|
This tour requires a minimum of 4 passengers to run.
This is a shared tour. The group size may vary.