SÃO VICENTE AND THE AREA AROUND FUNCHAL
In a nutshell
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A trip to discover the most picturesque and well-known Madeiran towns, with panoramic stops on the island's cliffs, including Cabo Girão, the world's highest sea cliff, and a visit to Funchal city centre.
- Pico dos Barcelos and view of Funchal
- Cabo Girão
- Ribeira Brava
- São Vicente
- Câmara de Lobos
- Funchal Centre: typical wine tasting in a 17th century building.
- Lunch included
- From the port, we leave for some of Madeira's most characteristic spots, both along the coast and inland.
- The first stop on our tour is Monte, a town renowned for its exotic botanical gardens and for the church of Our Lady of Monte.
- Here we will have the unmissable opportunity to go down the hill in an ancient form of transport that is now a great tourist attraction: the Carros de Cesto, traditional wicker baskets piloted by two expert drivers.
- We will stop at Pico dos Barcelos, a 350m high peak, where we will take photos and immortalise the wonderful view of Funchal and its hills.
- Our next stop takes us to no less than the highest cliff in the Europe, Cabo Girão. Here the cliff reaches 580 metres in height and pitches steeply into the sea.
- On board our coach we will visit Ribeira Brava, a village by the sea and then we continue to climb the island's highland, arriving to the Encumenada Pass, at an altitude of 1000 metres. Here we can admire the view of the island to both the north and south.
- We depart then for São Vicente, along a route that offers an evocative view with a sprinkling of volcanic peaks.
- After lunch we will begin our return journey, during which we will stop at Câmara de Lobos, the fishing town often immortalised in paintings by Winston Churchill, who used to spend his winters here.
- Once in Funchal, we will visit a 17th century building, where we'll have the chance to taste Madeira, the classic local wine that is famous across the world.
- At the end of the tasting, there will be some free time in which to walk around the town centre, before returning to the boat.
Good to know
- The planned panoramic itinerary (roughly 150 km by coach) includes a number of curves and hairpin bends.
- Places on this excursion are limited. We recommend booking early.