Northwest Madeira 4x4 Tour with Laurisilva Forest and Lunch

Madeira, Portugal
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Taking in coastal gems, wild forests and sustainable producers, this 4x4 tour showcases Madeira's adventurous side. You'll experience the drama of Madeira's scenery from up close and get an insight into the island's culture, too. Ruben, one of our expert local guides, says, ‘Get ready to learn the secrets of mixing poncha, the much-loved island tipple made with sugar cane rum, fresh juice and local honey. Be careful, though – poncha's fruity, refreshing taste hides a serious kick.'Starting off in Ponta do Sol, you'll get great views of the south coast from Paul da Serra, 1400m above sea level. Then it's on to Fanal, where some of the oldest Laurel trees on the island grow. Ruben says, ‘Madeira's laurel forests are the largest surviving area of primary laurisilva woods anywhere. Some of the trees are thought to be around 800 years old, and the ecosystem is largely intact. These forests host around 100 endemic species, and they are protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.'Rumble past typical ‘poios' terraced farmland en route to Seixal beach for a swim. After this, we'll head to Chão da Ribeira to savour a tasty local lunch. Chef Sérgio will show you how to make the classic grilled beef skewer, known in Portuguese as ‘espetada', while you enjoy a glass of Madeira Wine as an apéritif. There's also a vegan burger option. To wrap up your tour, we'll visit São Vicente to meet an organic honey producer. Here, you'll learn all about honey production, and you'll try your hand at making Madeira's traditional drink, poncha.

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Important info

  • Not suitable for wheelchairs
  • Bring bathing gear and sunblock
  • Bring a hat
  • Bring warm clothes
  • This experience doesn't follow our general cancellation policy. If you need to cancel, you must do so at least 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
What's included
4x4 tour. Driver/ Guide. Lunch. Local delicacy tasting
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Explore Madeira's rugged landscapes on a 4x4 adventure with a guide. Discover the typical ‘poios' terraced farmland and swim at Seixal beach. Tuck into a local lunch and learn how to prepare some island specialities. Visit the UNESCO-listed laurel forest, hub of biodiversity in Madeira. Expert local guide with unrivalled knowledge of Madeira and its nature

Cancellation Policy
can-cancel You can cancel your tour until a day in advance