We will take the back roads through Funchal’s hillside, going for a hidden view of the beautiful bay that we will have as a background when we ascend at the 3rd highest peak of the island, Pico do Areeiro at 1818m alt. Often we are above the clouds for a breathtaking landscape over the south and north side of the island.
After a stop to explore and pictures, we will cross the hearth of our Laurisilva forest, descending trough Ribeiro Frio and observing the fauna and flora that habit this wonderful millenary forest, protected by Unesco.
In Santana its time to visit a genuine Santana House, a triangle shaped house traditional from this area of Madeira with about 240 years and lunch at a local place, where you could eat some of the local traditional food, as for example the espetada.
After that, and it will be the time to get back through the north coast, Seeing the amazing views of Faial and Porto da Cruz always stopping for the best photo opportunities, and to help down our digestion going, we will walk through a small part of a Levada about 2km (optional), stretching the legs, on one of the many unique water canals of Madeira.
finishing the day with a great Poncha =)
All these in a very relaxed informative fun way, going OFFROAD and off the beaten track having a good overview on the island, cruising through the mountain in the morning, and in the afternoon by the sea line.
Let us know your Hotel, for an easier pickup / return plan!
Pickup in Funchal and Caniço are included, others are possible as well under arrangement.
If you plan to join us in Funchal and need free parking for the day, we can provide it.
Our tours, Up Mountain Madeira Tours, are all done in a very calm, safe and relaxed way by a local certified guide. We love our rare classic Portuguese jeeps, completely restored, military style (yes, it’s a real 4×4), because they allow us to reach really incredible places, always in small groups of 4 to 6 or 8 people, we usually go on old roads and off-road, off the beaten track!
During this tour, each time a good photo opportunity arises, we will stop, and along the way talk about the places and life of these regions of Madeira, in a relaxed and informative way. With us, you will always pay the local price as you experience local life, we love to show you the island from our point of view, at your own pace. The main reason we work hard, is giving you a great day in Madeira!
Before we reach out Pico do Areeiro at 1818 mts, we will cruise to one of the most beautiful hills on the world, one of the many who go up Funchal high areas, so it wouldn’t be possible for us not to stop to admire this amazing city, hear some of its 600-year history and make an amazing Picture.
The Pico do Areeiro is a peak located on the island of Madeira. At 1818 meters of altitude, it is the third highest peak of the island, even though many people say it wrong its the second, its the highest after Pico Ruivo and Pico das Torres. The peak is the central part dividing landmark between the municipality of Câmara de Lobos, Santana and Funchal and is the highest point accessible by car! Over here we will stop for a while, as many times we will be above the clouds
In the Forest Park of Ribeiro Frio you can observe the flora of the Laurissilva forest, Its on our way to Santana, and the Forest Park of Ribeiro Frio presents a vast spot of the Laurissilva Forest. In this is were we are going to cruise to the hearth of the Laurisilva and we can observe some flora and endemic vegetation and animals characteristic of the fauna of Madeira. On the bottom In this locality there is the Ribeiro Frio Aquaculture Station, which produces trout for the repopulation of the water lines of the Island of Madeira.
Levada is the name given to water canal or aqueduct flanked by a pedestrian path, specific to the island of Madeira, Portugal. They are also called taken to the channels, usually of smaller dimensions, that take the water to the water mills. These canals extend over 2000 km on Madeira and are likely to be traveled on foot, being a very sought after way to visit places of the island, of great scenic beauty. On this day we will have a chance to walk about 2km in one of this canals ( optional for who wants to walk only) and see in locco one of the most important cultural aspects of Madeira!
Santana is a municipality on the north coast of the Portuguese island of Madeira. It is known for the Typical Houses of Santana, traditional stone houses with steep, triangle-shaped steep cottage thached roofs. This is the village we will stop to have our lunch and to go and see examples of these houses which makes part of our history, culture and traditions.
Machico is a historic city that is the second most populous on the island. This city was the first capital of Madeira between 1440 and 1496 and was here that the first settlers landed in 1420 and Funchal only became the capital in 1508. there is a pebbled natural beach and an artificial sand beach, we will enjoy a great Poncha and an incredible view, also cruising right next to Funchal Cristiano Ronaldo International Airport