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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.
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
Madeira is stunning,breathtaking ,friendly!highly recommended
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.
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...
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
Really good value for money, lovely day
Good value trip .. Really enjoyed it.
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.
Great trip. Only wish we had more time at the peak of Pico Ruivo.
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