Top 40 Things to do in Madeira Island, Portugal

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Beautiful Bays Discovery Cruise with Lunch
Spend a relaxing day with clear waters and the golden sun with this cruise off the coast of Madeira. Swim in secluded bays like Machico Bay and Baía d'Abra, and discover the Desertas islands. Indulge in a delicious hot meal... Read More

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$44
per adult

Best of the South Full-Day 4x4 Tour
Embark on an adventure as you explore the oft-overlooked southern side of Madeira on an exciting 4x4 expedition. Discover sleepy fishing villages tucked away on the coastline as well as majestic inland landscapes of towering mountains, gaping valleys, and a... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

8 hours

Free cancellation

$49
per adult

Bird-, Dolphin- & Whale-Watching Tour
Explore the waters off the coast of Madeira Island to witness majestic sea birds, dolphins, and whales. Keep your eyes peeled to catch a glimpse of fin or sperm whales, snap pictures of the playful dolphins, or sit back and... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

2 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$50
per adult

Bird-Watching in the Laurel Forest Small-Group Full-Day Tour
Discover some of the most beautiful Madeiran birds as you walk along the greenery of the laurasilva (laurel forest). Colorful wings glide above you and catch your attention. Keep your eyes wide open to gaze at Madeira's native and migratory... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

8 hours

Free cancellation

$93
per adult

Boa Morte to Quinta Grande Guided Levada Hike
The levada (aqueduct) walking trails that follow the winding network of canals shape Madeira's green landscape, offering lovely hikes and stunning views of the surrounding area. Terraced fields, gurgling springs, and emerald forests ensure this hiking adventure remains with you... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

5 hours

Free cancellation

$30
per adult

Calheta Levada Guided Walking Tour
The sun-kissed region of Calheta offers natural treasures for every kind of visitor. A leisurely hike along the levada (aqueduct), the irrigation channel network carved into the mountainside, offers stunning views over the valleys and across the Atlantic Ocean. Read More

Categories: Adventures, Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

7 hours

Free cancellation

$43
per adult

Canyoning Experience
Canyoning is an exciting and physically stimulating way to explore the scenic beauty of Madeira. Get off the beaten trail and embark on a journey that includes swimming, climbing, and rappelling. Reach tucked-away corners of nature that most traditional hikers... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$67
per adult

Choice of 3 Mountain Biking Tours
Madeira is a mountain biker's paradise, offering trails through protected forests, coastal villages, and rural landscapes. The island's famous mild weather makes biking enjoyable virtually all year round. Enjoy your choice of 3 biking tours, each showcasing various aspects of... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

7 hours

Free cancellation

$67
per adult

Christopher Columbus
Spend a day aboard a replica of the largest of the 3 ships used by Christopher Columbus in his first voyage—Nau Santa Maria. Sail along the southern coast of the island as you enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience aboard this epic... Read More

Categories: Attractions, Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours

Free cancellation

$33
per adult

Desertas Islands Catamaran Cruise
Pay a visit to the serene natural world of the Desertas Islands on this spectacular day trip out from Madeira. During your visit, you can see one of the last habitats of the monk seal, along with sea birds and... Read More

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

9 hours

Free cancellation

$89
per adult

Desertas Islands Cruise with Lunch
Spend an unforgettable day at sea aboard a classic wooden sailing boat and live the adventure of sailing on the beautiful Atlantic Ocean. This cruise to the Desertas Islands, an uninhabited nature reserve, lets you see the rare monk seal,... Read More

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

8 hours

Free cancellation

$89
per adult

Discovering Madeira by Land & Sea
Discover some of the hard-to-reach highlights of the Madeira countryside and bays as you explore by both 4x4 vehicle and boat. This tour incorporates a wonderful mix of cultural highlights, sleepy towns, impressive cliffs, and stunning bays. Read More

Categories: Adventures, Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

8 hours

Free cancellation

$72
per adult

Dolphin & Whale Watching Cruise by Catamaran
Set sail aboard a comfortable catamaran in search of the whales and dolphins who congregate along the coast of Madeira and discover the beauty of the island's south coast. This trip gives you a great chance to relax with some... Read More

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours

Free cancellation

$39
per adult

Eira do Serrado & Monte Half-Day Tour
A stunning natural contrast of desert and evergreen landscapes stretches out along this scenic tour. Admire the vistas from your vantage point at Pico dos Barcelos and stroll around Eira do Serrado overlooking the valley of Curral das Freiras, which... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$23
per adult

Enchanting Laurel Forest Full-Day Walking Tour
Discover Maderia's natural beauty and connect with nature on a 7. 5-mile (12-km) walk in its levada (aqueduct) network trails. Allow your certified guide to show you the enchanting laurel forest as you embark on a moderately difficult trek to... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

7 hours

Free cancellation

$43
per adult

Great Western Coast Villages Full-Day Tour
Discover Madeira's west coast and explore its traditional fishing villages, sunny fields, and one of the highest seaside cliffs in Europe. Indulge in a traditional lunch as you soak up the surrounding landscapes. Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

8 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$50
per adult

Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
Cruise through hillside Funchal—sub-tropical capital of Madeira—atop a double-decker bus. Offering an open-top roof with 360-degree views of sights such as Quinta Magnolia Park, and the Pico dos Barcelos lookout point, this hop-on hop-off tour gives you the flexibility to... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tickets & Passes, Tours & Sightseeing

1 day

Free cancellation

$14
per adult

Laurel Forest Indigenous Fauna & Flora Small-Group Tour
Discover Madeira from within: Stroll along a levada (aqueduct) and admire the many indigenous species that coexist in the laurel forest. Feel the forest with all your senses, smell the scented air, and identify different shades of green as you... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$35
per adult

Laurisilva Landscapes & Levada Ribeiro Frio to Portela Hike
Take a peaceful walk along 16th-century aqueducts—known as "levadas"—in Madeira's laurisilva, a UNESCO-listed subtropical forest. Witness an astonishing array of plant and bird life thriving in the dense rainforest, and listen as your guide explains the region's fascinating history. Read More

Categories: Adventures, Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

48 minutes

Free cancellation

$43
per adult

Levada dos Maroços Half-Day Walking Tour
Take a breathtaking walk from the village of Maroços and wind through the hillside terraces above Machico. Admire the flower-lined levada and views of the island and Atlantic Ocean that only get better as you ascend the cultivated slope. Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$30
per adult

Levada Walking Tour & Jeep Safari Expedition
Embark on an off-road expedition in a Land Rover through the Laurisilva forest, and then hike to the summit of Pico do Arieiro for rewarding views of Madeira. Afterwards, hike along the levada canals to encounter local farmers harvesting sugar... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$49
per adult

Madeira Half-Day Catamaran Cruise
See the breathtaking island of Madeira from the sapphire-blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean on a half-day catamaran trip. With stops to swim at beautiful bays or under steep cliffs and opportunities to spot dolphins, turtles, and whales—there’s plenty to... Read More

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours

Free cancellation

$39
per adult

Off-Road Enchanting North Jeep Safari
Take an off-road adventure over the rugged terrain to Madeira’s northern coast. Discover everything from charming villages nestled within subtropical valleys to vineyards perched atop massive sea cliffs. Then observe the flora and fauna of Queimadas Forest Park before traveling... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

8 hours

Free cancellation

$49
per adult

Off-Road Northwest Island Jeep Safari
Venture through the world’s oldest laurel forest via your off-road vehicle and pass coastal villages perched on the cliffs of west Madeira Island. Discover ancient trees, drive by hidden waterfalls, and make your way to Porto Moniz to swim in... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$49
per adult

Off-Road Nun's Valley & Sea Cliff Jeep Safari
The verdant island of Madeira is known for its stunning natural beauty. Hop aboard a luxurious 4-by-4 to get off-road and visit such breathtaking spots as the Valley of the Nuns. Then, take in sweeping views of the endless Atlantic... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$38
per adult

Peaceful Panorama Levada do Caniçal Hike
This breathtaking walk through one of Madeira’s lush valleys above the southeast coast begins at the village of Maroços and spirals along the picturesque terraces above Machico. Admire great views over this town on the southeast coast of Madeira with... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

48 minutes

Free cancellation

$43
per adult

Pico do Arieiro to Pico Ruivo Guided Levada Hike
Explore the magic and natural beauty of Madeira on foot. This challenging hike takes you to the island's highest point, Pico Ruivo. Standing here affords incredible panoramic views of the entire island. Read More

Categories: Adventures, Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

7 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$40
per adult

Porta da Cruz to Castelejo Guided Levada Hike
A pleasant hike along Levada do Castelejo offers you a stunning perspective of Madeira's north coast. Admire the views of sleepy villages and ghost towns set against impressive cliffs, and discover the rare flora and fauna that thrive on the... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

5 hours

Free cancellation

$30
per adult

Private Deep-Sea Fishing Tour with Lunch
Reel in this tour and try your hand at deep-sea fishing off the southern coast of beautiful Madeira. A bevvy of incredible sea life inhabits the crystalline waters surrounding the island, and your big catch might be waiting. Read More

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$778
per adult

Queimadas to Caldeirao Verde Guided Levada Hike
Follow a winding path up into the emerald-green world of Madeira's mountains, high above a deep evergreen valley. Marvel at the island's unspoiled natural beauty, crystal-clear cascading waters, and mysterious tunnels that lead you to a majestic waterfall. Read More

Categories: Adventures, Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

7 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$40
per adult

Rabacal to 25 Fontes Guided Levada Hike
Waterfalls, lakes, and tunnels offer the perfect walking trail along the Rabacal Valley. Admire the paradise landscape surrounding you as you follow your expert guide through the impressive levadas (aqueducts). Read More

Categories: Adventures, Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

7 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$40
per adult

Rabacal Valley Walk Full-Day Tour
Explore the green Rabacal Valley in northwest Madeira with an expert guide leading you through its thick laurel forest. Enjoy the rich ecosystem around you. Marvel at the enchanting landscape and wander the levada (aqueduct) network, discovering the waterfalls and... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

7 hours

Free cancellation

$43
per adult

Ribeiro Frio to Portela Guided Levada Hike
Discover the forested eastern side of Madeira on one of the island's most famous walking tours. Enjoy the peaceful light shining through the laurel and heather trees and maybe even catch a glimpse of trout darting along the levadas (aqueducts).... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

7 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$40
per adult

Rural Traditions Half-Day Hike
Set off on a pleasantly docile walk along the levada that's perfect for hikers both young and old. Admire spellbinding views from Madeira's high ridges, spotting rural villages, terraced hillsides, sloping vineyards, and the many hues of the Atlantic Ocean.... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$30
per adult

Santana: Magical East Coast Full-Day Tour
Delve into the traditional and cultural side of the island. Learn about wickerwork factories, enjoy a bird's-eye view atop one of Madeira’s highest peaks, admire curious triangle-shaped cottages, and wander through cobbled streets before treating your taste buds to an... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

8 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$50
per adult

Shared Shuttle: Funchal Airport (FNC)
Enjoy convenient and cost-effective shared transportation between Madeira Airport and your hotel aboard a shuttle. For transfers to and from Madeira Airport, the zones to select from include: Read More

Categories: Airport Shuttles & Limos

30 minutes

Free cancellation

$7
per adult

Southern Coast 4x4 & Walking Combo Half-Day Tour
Set out and discover some of the hard-to-reach highlights of Madeira’s south-eastern corner as you explore by 4x4 vehicle and on foot. This tour incorporates a wonderful mix of cultural highlights, stunning scenery, and sleepy towns, as you find the... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$38
per adult

Sunset Dolphin Watching Catamaran Cruise
Enjoy the warm colors of sunset reflected in the calm seas of the Madeiran coastline on this beautiful evening cruise. This relaxing catamaran voyage gives you a chance to see dolphins swimming in the waters near the island, accompanied by... Read More

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours

Free cancellation

$39
per adult

Whale-Watching Tour & Dolphin Encounter
Venture off the southern coast of Madeira Island on a rigid inflatable boat to witness the migratory patterns of orcas and humpback whales. Low-profile boats enable closer views and easy access for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to swim with bottlenose dolphins... Read More

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours

Free cancellation

$53
per adult

Whales & Dolphins Watch aboard Bonita da Madeira
Let your spirits soar on this extraordinary educational adventure and join a 3-hour whale-watching and dolphin-spotting excursion. Gliding on mesmerizing azure waters, sit back and relax to witness some of the ocean's most playful, intelligent, and majestic creatures. Read More

Categories: Adventures, Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours

Free cancellation

$33
per adult

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