Departing from the heart of the Lido we pass through the first traditional fishing village of Câmara de Lobos with a stop at Pico da Torre viewpoint. Câmara de Lobos is situated five kilometres from Funchal and was the inspiration for the late Sir. Winston Churchill’s paintings of it’s lovely surroundings. The village was given its name by the explorers João Gonçalves Zarco and Tristão Vaz Teixeira because of the shape of its bay and the many sea lions living there at the time. Our drive continues to Cabo Girão, the second highest sea cliff in the world and the highest sea cliff in Europe.
Next we make our way to Ribeira Brava and head north, up through the deep and narrow valleys of Serra D’Água. You will then reach Encumeada a special place at the top of the valley where you will be met with an incredible view of both the south and the north coast of our beautiful island.
From sea-level in Funchal, we cross the mountain pass (from where both sides of the island are visible) down to the rugged beauty of the north coast, where Atlantic rollers describe a line of white surf below heroic cliffs. After lunch we traverse Madeira’s highest plateau with all its spectacular panoramas before heading for home again…
We make our way to São Vicente, one of the most predominant villages of the northern coast of Madeira. Our next stop is at the beautiful village of Porto Moniz where you will have approximately 1 hour for lunch as well as time to admire the amazing volcanic swimming pools.
Driving to Paul da Serra lies one of the biggest natural park reserves of the world. The last stop of this delightful tour will be at Bica da Cana, where nature is at it’s peak.
- What Will You Do- You will know the best places in Madeira Island.
- You will meet typical villages.
- You will know local people and their costumes.
- You will observe wonderful views, unique in the world.