Discover the natural wonders of Madeira Island with the remarkable “East Tour of Madeira”. This unforgettable journey reveals some of the island’s most iconic sights, encapsulating the spirit of Madeira’s breathtaking landscapes, unique traditions, and rich history.
Pico do Areeiro: We kick off our adventure by ascending to the island’s third highest peak, Pico do Aireiro, which stands at a breathtaking altitude of 1,818 meters. Witness the spectacular views of rugged mountains meeting the crystal clear ocean, and on a clear day, you may even see Porto Santo, Madeira’s neighbouring island. This location also serves as a starting point for some of the most exhilarating hikes on the island.
Ribeiro Frio – Balcões Viewpoint: Next, we descend to the enchanting laurel forest of Ribeiro Frio. Here we enjoy a short, leisurely walk to the Balcões Viewpoint, where you’ll be greeted with a panoramic view of the valley below, home to a wide variety of endemic birds. The stunning scenery of lush forests and glistening natural pools is a true feast for the senses.
Santana: Moving on, we visit the charming town of Santana, famous for its traditional A-frame thatched houses, preserved as a symbol of Madeira’s history. These vibrant, triangular houses paint a striking picture against the backdrop of lush green landscapes and provide a glimpse into the island’s rustic past.
Faial: In the picturesque village of Faial, we relish in the beauty of its serene landscapes. Overlooking the town is a hill with a large cross, offering panoramic views of the North Coast’s towering cliffs and the infinite Atlantic Ocean. The town’s peaceful ambiance offers a lovely contrast to the excitement of the day.
Portela: The tour continues to the village of Portela, known for its exquisite views of Porto da Cruz and Eagle Rock. The vista point here showcases a remarkable contrast between the towering mountains, the verdant valleys, and the azure ocean, reminding us of Madeira’s diverse topography.
Ponta de São Lourenço: The journey takes a dramatic turn as we approach Ponta de São Lourenço. Madeira’s easternmost point is known for its stark, semi-arid landscapes, a contrast to the rest of the verdant island. Walk along the rugged cliffs, breathe in the fresh ocean breeze, and marvel at the unique volcanic rock formations. The views here are nothing short of awe-inspiring.
Machico: Finally, our tour concludes in the historic city of Machico, the first landing spot of the Portuguese discoverers. Wander the charming streets, visit the 15th-century church, or relax at the golden sandy beach. Immerse yourself in the local culture, and savor some local cuisine to wrap up an exciting day of exploration.
Our “East Tour of Madeira” is a perfect blend of nature, culture, and history. It’s an immersive journey that encapsulates the best of Madeira Island’s Eastern charm. Come join us and create memories that will last a lifetime!