• Location: Funchal, Portugal
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
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Spend a day exploring the dramatic sea cliffs, islands and traditional villages of Madeira’s east coast on this full-day small-group tour, with a maximum of 8 people. Enjoy magnificent views of Ribeiro Frio, Pico do Arieiro and Laurissilva forest; discover the crafts-making heritage of Camacha village; and snap photos of the thatched triangular houses in Santana village. After a scenic walk along the levadas (canal ways) and a visit to a trout farm, tuck into a delicious 3-course lunch (included) on the island of Grutas do Faial.

Highlights

  • 8-hour tour of Madeira’s east coast
  • Visit the traditional villages of Camacha and Santana
  • Admire views of Ribeiro Frio, Pico do Arieiro and Laurissilva forest
  • Enjoy a scenic walk along the levadas (canal ways)
  • Indulge in a 3-course lunch and wine on Grutas do Faial Island
  • Great-value tour includes hotel pick-up, lunch and round-trip transport
  • Small-group tour limited to 8 people ensures a personalized experience

What You Can Expect

Customer Reviews

Heather W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

I was collected from the hotel at 8.30 by our guide Luis. After collecting other travellers the tour began. First stop was Camacha, famous for being the place where the first football match was played in Portugal. Camacha is also home to a wicker factory and we were able to look at traditionally crafted pieces. As it was a bank holiday there were no craft demonstrations which was a shame.

Leaving Camacha we climbed into the mountains and stopped at Pico Ribeiro 1800 metres above sea level and the third highest peak on the island. We were high above the clouds and got some spectacular photos. We stayed here for half an hour but this was too short as there were plenty of walkways to explore.

Next stop was a section of the Laurel Forest Levada walk where we walked to a viewpoint that looked across the peaks. We returned to the minibus and were taken to Restaurant Grutas for lunch. The restaurant is built inside a cave and our three course meal with wine was delicious.

Feeling refreshed it was back to the minibus and on to Santana to see the typical triangular houses. Another viewpoint outside Marocos was followed by our last stop in Machico, the second largest city on the island and the place where the first settlers landed. We were given 40 minutes here which was too long as you could easily walk the length of the seafront in 20 minutes.

Luis was very knowledgeable and filled us in on the history and culture of everywhere we went. The only thing I would have changed was the timings of the stops on the mountain and in Machico. All in all this was a great trip.

John H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Great tour and we got to visit some other sights as well. Tour conductor was very informed and spoke perfect English. Had a great time. 6 of us

Georgeta A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Madeira is stunning,breathtaking ,friendly!highly recommended

MRS JO-ANNE L C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

This was our first tour on the island so it was just mouth dropping to us. There is so much beauty on this part of the island. We had a perfect weather day so we drove right to the 1813 meter height and got to see the land below. We had 12 on our trip. Had a fabulous 3 course meal in a cave. We could have spent less time on our first stop so we werent so rushed to see the rest of the tour.

Ieva P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

If you ever find yourself in Madeira.... You must go on an east island tour. The most peaceful trip I've had in a while.. The views were amazing. The tour guide was very knowledgeable about the area and was very funny too ! The time stopped there...

Margaret W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Really enjoyed the trip arrived at our hotel to pick up right on time and very helpful and careful driver with a good knowledge unfortunately due to the fires we were unable to do the walk but this did not affect our enjoyment of the beautiful island will go back

Elwiltshire2012

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Really good value for money, lovely day

Jacqui M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Good value trip .. Really enjoyed it.

mthomasmayes55

4 star rating: Recommended February 2018

The views were wonderful because we were lucky to have a clear day. We felt that the tour was more driver to take you places, but we were happy to not drive on this island so we recommend the tour. It just was a lot of climbing in and out of a small Renault van - not the space of a Mercedes or bus.

Valther T

4 star rating: Recommended January 2018

Great trip. Only wish we had more time at the peak of Pico Ruivo.

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