About this wheelchair accessible highlights of Madeira tour
During this full-day Discover the highlights of Madeira tour, you see the best of what the island of Madeira has to offer. It all starts with the pickup from your guide. He waits for you with adapted transportation at the cruise port or your accommodation. You find him by the sign he holds with your name on it and helps you get into your private vehicle.
Once everyone is comfortable, your day starts with the first stop of this tour: Caniço – the Garajau viewpoint. At this viewpoint, you see a statue in the shape of Jesus, similar to the one you might know from Rio de Janeiro. He spreads his arms and faces the ocean. When standing next to the statue, you have a gorgeous view of the island.
Camacha – House of the Vimes
The next stop is a visit to the House of Vimes, where you are introduced to the art of wickerwork. Around the property are tons of willow trees from which they harvest the willows. At the House of Vimes, they create all sorts of attributes with these willows. From furniture to baskets and boxes. Everything is possible.
Admire their work up close and find out everything there is to know about this ancient artisan skill. Besides the wickerwork, there is a café where you try a traditional Madeiran drink made with Pero. Wander around the property and buy a unique and local souvenir to take home.
Quinta Do Santo Da Serra
On Saturday and Sunday, there is the possibility of going to the well known market in Santo Da Serra. At this place, you find many locals doing their weekly groceries. Near the market, there is Quinta Do Santo Da Serra. A traditional building from the 19th century made in the English colonial style. At the backside of the building, there is a large garden where you can find flowers from all over the world and also a few animals. Walk/roll towards the lookout and enjoy a beautiful view of Machico valley.
Once you have met the friendly animals and seen the beautiful flora of the island, you head to the viewpoint in Portela. This viewpoint treats you to views of the most beautiful landscapes of the island. When the weather is good, you see Porto da Cruz, Penha d’Águia, and also a part of Santana.
Continue your Discover the highlights of Madeira tour to the Machico viewpoint. From here, you see a stunning view of the Machico valley to the central mountains and Ponta de São Lourenço. Back in the days, this was the area where they created massive bonfires to alert the people that enemy ships were approaching.
Museu da Baleia in Caniçal
In Caniçal, you have the option to visit the Whale Museum. Here, you discover everything about the history of whaling in Madeira. Nowadays they do not catch whales anymore and use this museum to teach people about these beautiful animals and to show you which scientific projects they are involved in. In Caniçal, you have the option to enjoy lunch*. Your guide advises on the best places to go.
*Lunch is not included in the price.
Porto Da Cruz – Sugar Milling company
Submerge yourself in the glorious world of sugar production. This mill used to be thé place where the making of sugar products experienced its glory days. Learn everything about the making of rum, try some of it, and buy yourself a delicious souvenir to bring home. Furthermore, you learn about the importance of this particular mill.
Faial – Viewpoint
Done trying the rum? Then you continue to the last viewpoint on this tour: the Faial viewpoint. From here, you enjoy fantastic views from the fort that they built in the 18th century and which is a monument of local value since 1996.
Moreover, on this Discover the highlights of Madeira tour is a visit to the Santana market, where you see the famous houses of Santana. Check out the traditional houses and visit a market where you can buy locally produced goods and crafts.
From here, your driver and your guide bring you back to the place where you met.