Highlights of this tour
- Câmara de Lobos
- Option Visit a winery and ethnographic museum
- Ribeira Brava
- Visit view Point
- Serra da Agua Option to try Poncha
- São Vicente
- Viewpoint Veu Da Noiva
- St. Vincent Caves
This Ribeira Brava tour starts either at your accommodation or at the cruise port. Your driver guide meets you with a sign with your name on it, and will help you get into the private adapted van. This day brings you all the main highlights of Madeira and shows you what it is known for.
The first stop on this tour is the town of Câmera de Lobos. A lovely fishers village that is named after the monk seals (Lobos) that used to roam the island and the shape of the bay. In the town, you can admire the church that was built in the fifteenth century and enjoy one of the local drinks such as Poncha and Bikini. Besides the center, you will go up the hill that overlooks the bay.
During this tour, there is the option to visit a winery where you taste locally produced wine, have a short tour over the property, and learn all about the process of how the wine is made. Another option is to visit the Ethnographic museum. Here you find exhibitions of ethnographic objects linked to different social, economic, and cultural aspects of the archipelago of Madeira.
In Ribeira Brava, you find the Ethnographic museum, but also tons of other fascinating sites and attractions. There is the fort of São Bento, the tourism office, and a lighthouse from which you have a beautiful view of the town and the bay.
Once you have wandered through the town of Ribeira Brava, you head to your next stop: Serra da Agua. Also, here you have the option to try local drinks such as Poncha and Bikini. Via the Serra d’Água road, it is a short ride up to Eccumeada: the highest point of the island. From here, you have gorgeous panoramic views of the island of Madeira.
In the center of São Vicente, there is an old Garden where you find flora and fauna from all over the archipelago. The garden covers 2,200m2 and gives an excellent opportunity to stroll around and learn about the natural wonders of the island.
Located between the areas of Seixal and São Vicente, this viewpoint offers an overwhelmingly stunning view of the coast on the north side of the island and the Véu da Noiva waterfall. Due to the way the water plunges from the cliff, it looks like brides veil.
The last stop on this Ribeira Brava tour is a visit to the St. Vincent Caves. These caves were formed over 890 thousand years ago by a volcanic eruption and have an underground route that is about 1000 meters long.
Please note that you can only visit these caves partially.
At the end of the tour, you can visit the Volcano Centre. A visitor center where you find out everything there is to know about the volcanic eruptions on the island and how the caves came into existence and so the Madeira Islands.
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