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East 4x4 Tour
Great first tour for anyone visiting Madeira
Your first tour in Madeira
The East 4×4 tour has a little bit of everything and is suitable for everyone! It’s adventurous, exciting at times, interesting, full of surprises and very scenic!
The first stop is Pico Do Areiro, the third-highest peak on the island, 1811 m above sea level. There are usually very dramatic mountain views and sometimes we’re above the clouds! We take some time to discover the area, explore some of the “hidden gems” and when we’re ready, we move on towards the north of Madeira.
Descending off-road into the small, rural villages of Ribeiro Frio and Faial, we discover the Laurissilva forest with breathtaking views of the picturesque villages, all at a relaxed pace with plenty of photo opportunities as well as some short walking. We learn about the levadas, our unique water canals, how they’re used, where they come from and why they were built.
Next is Santana, one of the most visited areas in Madeira. We purposefully move away from the large crowds and tourist traps and strive for an authentic experience every time. This is where you can find the traditional, authentic A-frame houses you might have seen online or in guide books. We see lots of agricultural terraces, we meet locals, and we have lunch at the restaurant with the best view on the island, Quinta do Furao Hotel (optional extra — not included in the price but highly recommended). We take pride in our food and all of our restaurant partners are of the highest quality with local flavours in a modern style with Quinta do Furao restaurant being an absolute benchmark of quality.
After lunch it’s time for us to return in a relaxed and patient manner. The “heavy lifting” is all done in the morning so we can spend the afternoon in an even more relaxed state of mind and take our time to explore the viewpoints and the small towns of Porto da Cruz and Machico. We stop for a poncha, our famous local drink and make the drive back to the hotel with some friendly banter and conversation, providing you with some insights and tips on how to spend your evening or the next few days in Madeira.
If you’re going to do one tour in Madeira, this is the one! A true experience!
- Guided tour in a Land Rover Discovery 4×4
- Hotel pick up (accommodation outside of Funchal could be subject to a pick up fee)
- Insurance according to Portuguese Law