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Arrive at the Funchal Marina (located on the island of Maderia) 20 minutes before your scheduled departure time. When the entire group has arrived and all questions are addressed, take a short walk to the waiting catamaran. Before everyone sets off to find their place on the boat, gather around for a short briefing about safety guidelines from your three experienced crew members.
Hop aboard the catamaran, and choose between the luxurious interior with comfortable seating area and sun and wind protection or the outdoor sun beds and trampoline nets. Then, sit back, and relax as you sail out to sea and look back at the marina.
Although marine life sightings aren’t guaranteed, dolphins and whales are often seen in the waters here. Watch out for them as you cruise. The crew is on hand to answer any questions about the variety of species. After spending some time spotting the sea life, the skipper will usually head west for Cabo Girão, a towering sea cliff that stands at 1,902 feet (580 meters) tall.
While moored in the shadow of Cabo Girão, it’s time to take a dip. Explore the sea life below with your complimentary goggles and mask. The final part of the trip will focus on a leisurely cruise back to Funchal Marina, with the main sail blazing depending on the available time and weather conditions. The last leg of the journey home goes by the coastline, which allows everyone to view the Madeiran landscape, as well as the hotels built along the shoreline. All too soon the boat arrives back in the Marina for the quick disembarking process that allows everyone to continue with their holiday.
The beautiful city of Funchal hides an exciting past full of stories and flavors. Join a Madeira Wine Tour through the city, discovering gastronomy, history, architecture and of course Madeira wines. Taste the most traditional and authentic gastronomy from some restaurants, wine producers and the local market. The following sites are stops on our tour:Made in Madeira: an innovative project that aims to keep the traditions of Madeira, its culture and art alive. Come and taste the perfect regional delicacies.Uau Cacau: 100% Madeiran chocolate factory, all about elegant chocolates and typical flavors. Simply Irresistible.Pereira d'Oliveira Vinhos: the wines from this wine producer are appreciated all over the world with their old wines having the highest reputation among top professionals.Fabrica de Santo Antonio: the best known Madeira cookies and sweets factory. Recipes are traditional, always.Snack Bar Coca Cola: this is an appreciated typical bar among the locals where it is possible to eat black scabbard fillet sandwiches or fresh tuna, anytime of the day.Mercados dos Lavradores (Local market): the Farmers Market in Funchal offers a profusion of colors and scents beginning with the colorful flowers past the appreciated seasonal exotic fruits, and ending in the large and bustling fish market.A Mercadora: the typical Madeiran grocery store, where various spices can be found and also beans, potatoes and much more. Here it is also mandatory a stopover to try the famous Poncha.Venda da Donna Maria: come and delight yourself with tasty regional and home cooking. This restaurant located in the old town offers a rich and complete menu of typical and secular Madeira cuisine.Oficina do Mercado: the "Oficina" is located at "Armazém do Mercado" and it is a modern space, recently created by young Madeiran. It's a place where you want to be because good coffee, wine, tea, and music in the calm atmosphere are part of this space. This is a perfect ending of the tour before returning to the original departure point.Enjoy 9 Stops, 11 food tastings and 6 drinks on this comprehensive tasting tour of Funchal!
The tour begins towards the fishing village of Câmara de Lobos. Stop at the Pico da Torre viewpoint where you can get a great overview of it's beautiful bay full of small fishing boats. Then, stop at Estreito de Câmara de Lobos to observe the vineyards in the green covered terraces.At Cabo Girão, you get a breathtaking sea views from the observation platform. At an altitude of 580 meters, it's the highest cape in Europe and the second in the world. At the village of Ribeira Brava, you will be able to visit the beautiful church of São Bento and enjoy the sea views. Leaving towards the north, we get to the largest plateau of the island, Paul da Serra.Observe the great valley of Ribeira da Janela as we continue towards the Village of Porto Moniz where we arrive at around lunch time. Here you can pick from a number of local restaurants, bars, or enjoy the beautiful natural swimming pools. We then make our way to Seixal, where at the Véu da Noiva viewpoint you can appreciate the great waterfall and the old roads along the cliffs.On our way back, we pass through the viewpoint of Encumeada at the top of a mountain where you have a beatiful overall view of both the north and south coast of the island. We'll also pass through the Laurissilva forest. Classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999.
Experience a 3-hour trip by catamaran along the south coast of Madeira Island. We depart from Funchal Marina, giving a quick briefing about the trip and safety matters on board. The crew then starts their search for dolphins and whales, and any other marine wildlife, using binoculars equipped with a compass, doing their best with their experienced eyes. During the summer months, there is the possibility to swim in the crystal clear waters below Cabo Girão if the conditions are good, one of the highest sea cliffs in the world at 580m (1903 ft) in altitude.During the trip, our qualified crew will give you detailed information about the species of cetaceans you are seeing as well as other technical and historic information to ensure a complete and unique experience.Since we are dealing with wildlife, there are times that you could end up the trip with no sightings. In the event of no sightings of cetaceans (dolphins or whales), you will be offered with a complimentary trip to go again on an alternative occasion (valid for 1 year since travel date).
Transfers available from Madeira Airport to:
FunchalGarajauCanicoSanta CruzMachico We can also take you to other locations, please contact us for quotation if your hotel is located in other city/place that not mentioned.
When making a booking, you will need to advise your flight details and your Madeira Island hotel details. Your transfer will be confirmed instantaneously and you will be provided with a travel voucher to present to the driver. It's that easy!
At your arrival in Madeira Island, your guide, or driver, will wait for you at the airport foyer holding an identification with your name to take you to your hotel. If you have any problem don´t hesitate to contact us or please ask at the Tourims Information office at the airport.
Rabaçal is a unique and magical place, full of waterfalls and fountains. The “25 Fontes” Levada Walk is one of the most visited in Madeira and Cabo Girão, the highest cliff in Europe. Going West to Rabaçal in Calheta, where we will start a 3-hour walk (approximately) through an evergreen forest that provides us great landscapes and wonderful sensations, we will have the chance to admire beautiful waterfalls carved into ancient valleys, natural springs with the best water possible and its endemic species of flora and fauna.After this great walk, we will have lunch (not included) at a typical Madeiran restaurant at Paúl da Serra. Later, we will drive downhill on a wonderful off-road to Calheta where you will see a beautiful man-made beach.Continuing our tour through the south coast towards Cabo Girão, known for its suspended glass floor viewpoint, we will be able to enjoy magnificent panoramic views over the Atlantic Ocean, Câmara de Lobos, and Funchal. Then, driving through old roads, we will go to Câmara de Lobos, an important fishing village in Madeira with an interesting history.