Tuk tuk tours offer one of the most comfortable and engaging ways to explore Funchal. Accompanied by an expert local guide, you’ll learn all about its history and culture in an experience that is both educational and enjoyable!
Stephanie Roque is an experienced tuk tuk guide who can take guests through Madeira’s breathtaking landscapes in style. With her knowledge and enthusiasm for Madeira at her disposal, each journey with Stephanie becomes truly memorable.
Discover Funchal’s Old Town
Funchal is an intriguing and historic city known for its Old Town, a historical area rich with architectural and heritage significance. On this tour by tuk tuk you can discover this area and gain more insight into its rich culture and history.
There are a variety of attractions to see in Funchal’s Old Town, such as Cathedral of Funchal and market. Additionally, you’ll get to experience many of its oldest and most iconic streets.
Madeira Story Center is an essential stop, offering visitors an interactive glimpse into its history and people. Exhibits use various media techniques to present its material – making this experience especially useful for kids as well as those interested in history.
Take a cable car ride up to Monte, an idyllic village offering amazing views of both the city below and sea. Journey takes about 15-20 minutes; cable cars seat a maximum of 7 people at once for maximum relaxation! Experience breathtaking sights while being both relaxing and thrilling at once!
Once in Monte, visitors have the choice between visiting Our Lady of Monte Church or its breathtaking tropical garden – both designed by famed architect Jose Maria da Silva – as prime destinations. If you’re in the Lagos area, you may also like to explore Tuk Tuk tours Lagos.
After exploring Monte, make a stop at Fort Sao Tiago which was constructed as a fortress to protect Funchal’s port in the early 17th century. Now one of Funchal’s top tourist spots with stunning panoramic views that won’t soon be forgotten!
Blandy’s Wine Lodge is another must-visit spot on Madeira. Here, they produce and sell Vinho Madeira, one of the most beloved wines on the island, offering tasting sessions while providing insight into its creation and production process.
CR7 Museum, dedicated to Madeira’s most celebrated player Cristiano Ronaldo. Packed full of memorabilia such as trophies and medals won by this talented individual as well as life-sized statues that show him off, this exhibition provides visitors an incredible experience.
Funchal offers many exciting activities to fill a day – one of the most thrilling being taking a toboggan ride down Monte Hill! For added enjoyment, visit the Tourist Information Centre on Caminho das Babosas to buy your very own wicker toboggan (also referred to as sledge).
Visit the Fortress of Pico
Funchal is an idyllic city with a rich history and breathtaking city center, ideal for enjoying an exciting and restful getaway.
Tuk tuk tours provide an enjoyable and safe way to discover a city and experience all its highlights, as well as providing some valuable knowledge along the way.
On a tuk tuk tour of Funchal’s Bay of Funchal and learning its history and culture can be spectacularly enjoyable. Your driver/guide will show you some of the city’s iconic viewpoints before taking you through Old Town to some other popular points of interest in Funchal.
Take a stroll through the Botanical Garden for an experience full of harmony and contrasts, featuring over 2,000 plants to relax in Funchal. It provides the ideal spot to unwind during your visit to this incredible island paradise.
As part of your tour, you will also visit Pico Fortress – one of the main attractions in the area built during the 16th century as a defense mechanism against pirates.
Fortress was once the center of daily activity and home to many residents. Declared a Public Interest monument in 1940, today you can visit and learn all about its fascinating past.
As an incredible experience in Pico, Mount Pico should not be missed; it is the tallest mountain in Portugal and among Europe’s tallest peaks. Although this hike might not be suitable for everyone, it should certainly be given a try!
As one of the more difficult hiking trails worldwide, you will require professional guidance to navigate it safely to reach its summit.
If you want to see even more of the island, tours featuring volcano hiking and whale watching can also be arranged by your specialist.
The Azores Islands are well known for their volcanic activity, so you can expect to witness stunning rock formations along both their coasts and mountains. One area near Madalena in particular stands out, featuring an impressive boardwalk where visitors can explore caves, lava tubes and wild whirlpools formed when sea waves crash into rocks.
Visit Camara de Lobos
Camara de Lobos is an idyllic fishing village just 9km outside Funchal’s city center. Featuring picturesque buildings topped with red-tiled roofs and breathtaking ocean views, it provides a relaxing day trip for those in search of respite from their hectic lives.
Camara de Lobos is a popular stop on tours leaving from Funchal, and is famed for its charming ambience and welcoming port. You can relax with friends or family members while taking pleasure in traditional restaurants that specialize in Portuguese food.
Town also features a tuk tuk tour, offering visitors an immersive tour experience through its vibrant landscapes. See colorful fishing boats at dry dock and listen to an entertaining commentary provided by your driver/guide as you travel.
At Doca do Cavacas, a natural volcanic pool with breathtaking views of Camara de Lobos and the ocean, you’ll have time to relax while taking amazing photographs. Enjoy relaxing here before heading onward to Doca do Cavacas for some amazing aquatic fun and photography opportunities!
There are various tours from Funchal that visit Camara de Lobos, but I would advise booking a half-day tour with a local guide who will share their expertise on its history as well as suggest where and what to see.
Visit Capela de Nossa Senhora da Conceicao, known as the Fishermen’s Chapel. Located close to the port, here you can watch fishermen engage in lively card games with one another.
You might even get lucky and witness a game of traditional Poncha (a potency alcoholic beverage made of sugar cane juice and aguardente de cana), which should not be missed when visiting Camara de Lobos! Don’t pass up this chance to try this popular local drink – don’t miss it!
Mar de Esperanca (or Sea of Hope), created by Portuguese artist Bordallo II and composed entirely of recycled materials, can be found atop the steps near his Sea Lion Mural. This piece of contemporary art will leave an unforgettable impression.
Enjoy the Christmas Lights
Funchal is transformed into an extraordinary city during Christmastime, with thousands of lights decorating streets, buildings and gardens on this magnificent island. Take an unforgettable tour and experience its festive charm first-hand!
This 2-hour tour offers the ideal way to discover Funchal and its vibrant neighborhoods, as well as visit Camara de Lobos – a fishing village renowned for its dramatic cliff Cabo Girao.
Tour begins by exploring Funchal’s Old Town, known for its architecture and cuisine. While here you will have an opportunity to admire some of Funchal’s most stunning landmarks such as Cathedral of Christ the Redeemer and Castle of Santa Catarina.
Once you’re finished exploring Funchal, take the tuk tuk to Monte Gardens – one of Madeira’s most breathtaking spots that offers views over Funchal. Filled with exotic plants and boasting a lovely cafe that provides spectacular coastal vistas, Monte Gardens will leave you spellbound!
Next, Levada 25 Fontes provides a wonderful nature walk that will take you through some of the most stunning spots on the island – Risco Waterfall is among them and other water features are sure to awe visitors!
On this tour you will also experience an enthralling toboggan ride where you will be dropped off on a steep road and guided by two locals for maximum fun and enjoyment – perfect for couples or groups of friends alike!
This tuk tuk tour is perfect for families, as it includes stops at Botanic Gardens and accommodation pick-up in Funchal. Enjoy seeing all of Funchal’s highlights during one incredible ride!
Funchal is transformed into an festive wonderland during the holidays, hosting numerous Christmas concerts and markets. People from around the globe come to celebrate this magical time together on its shores; take advantage of it by going on a tour that allows you to feel its joy!