Sophia was a wonderful guide and shared lots of interesting things with us about the history and culture of Funchal. This tour provided a great variety of local fair, was not rushed, and the amount of walking was just right. I definitely recommend this tour.
When I booked this trip I thought it looked a little expensive but interesting. I was so wrong! It was a very well put together trip with guide Sofia who has excellent food and wine knowledge. We went to lots of really interesting places in Funchal which I'm convinced I would never have found. As for the expense I can now truly say that I think it represented incredible value for money. The variety of both food and drink and the quantity was amazing. Don't hesitate to book this if you get the chance, but if you have walking difficulties give it a miss.
Our guide was so informative and the whole tour fantastic. Wonderful food and wine experiences.
We have previously been to the food and wine tours in Rome and Venice and once again we was not dissapointed, these tours give you such a insight to the local food, wine and people .Our tour guide Sofia was a local lady who was so enthusiastic about her island, she took us to 9 different places to eat and drink,the people were so friendly and made us very welcome except the man in the fish market We went back to some of them to eat and buy goodies to bring home. We have just booked another tour in Barcelona for when we go in June.Thankyou Sofia for giving us a really interesting insight into how local people spend time eating and drinking, we hope to come back.
This walking tour lasted from half 10 until about 2 in the afternoon with 9 stops. We were made to feel very welcome by all the local people we met. Our guide was brilliant. She had extensive knowledge of the island and we visited places we probably wouldn't have discovered on our own. The food and drink we tried was very varied - including local fish, biscuits and hand made chocolates and passion fruit soft drink, fennel tea, local white wine, Madeira wine and Poncha. We went back after the trip to buy chocolates to take back to our family. Definitely worth doing.
We really enjoyed this interesting and very informative tour. Our guide, Sophia, was very knowledgeable and passionate about Madeiran food, wine and culture. We only had a few days in Madeira and this tour helped us to learn a lot in a short time. Sophia grew up in Funchal and her family is well established here and she could talk from the heart of her personal experiences. She was very easy to get on with and has a great personality and sense of humour. We tried some fabulous foods and wines, a great range from sweet to savoury/sour! Also we went to some small shops, cafes and restaurants that we would never have found and got to learn about and enjoy traditions such as drinking poncha and eating nuts, throwing the shells on the floor! sampling the tasty traditional cakes and biscuits enjoying black scabbard tasting beautiful chocolates and drinking fine wines and fennel tea! For us it was the personal friendly touch and passion about Madeira that shone through including current topical Information such as Christmas celebrations that made it an enjoyable and memorable experience for us. We would highly recommend it and you can learn where some best kept secrets are then go back later and shop to your heart's content!
very enjoyable tour, good pace ,knowledgeable and friendly guide, good food and drink throughout. Would thoroughly recommend this tour. Good value for money
Good fun and informative. Having tried to find some of the venues again, even with a street map, and even asking locals, I can imagine how hard it would be to take in the same places without a guide.
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