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Amazing Southwest Tour of Madeira Island

We start the Southwest Tour at Ponta Do Sol, which is known as the sunniest part of the island. after, we continue to the viewpoint of Moledos where we can enjoy the magnificent view over the fishing village of Madelena do Mar. We continue to Calheta, a lovely sea area with an artificial sand beach. We move on to Prazeres, where we have the opportunity to visit the Quinta Pedagogica dos Prazeres, housing various animals as well as an array of aromatic herbs. Going on to Ponta do Pargo, we'll come across a lighthouse that was built in 1922. In Paúl do Mar we'll find a traditional fishing village which also happens to be a great spot to surf. Next we visit the 'ever pretty' Jardim do Mar, this beach attract both locals and visitors alike in search of the beauty and calm of this natural environment. We finish our tour at Madalena do Mar, a small old time fishing village with beautiful views over the sea cliffs of the southeast coastline.

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  • What's included :
    • Fuel surcharge
    What's excluded :
    • Lunch
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    Stop At: Ponta Do Sol, Ponta Do Sol, Madeira, Madeira Islands

    Situated on the south coast of the island, Ponta do Sol is currently the county seat, and has about 8,200 inhabitants in its area of 43.3 km2.
    This is considered the hottest municipality of the island; it is also here where the sun shines for more hours

    Duration: 25 minutes

    Stop At: Miradouro Trigo de Negreiros ou Moledos, Estrada Regional 222 196, 9370, Portugal

    Trigo de Negreiros Viewpoint is located between Ponta do Sol and Madalena do Mar, in Sítio dos Morenos. From this point we can enjoy an interesting panorama view of the Madalena do Mar and Canhas

    Duration: 25 minutes

    Stop At: Calheta, Calheta, Madeira, Madeira Islands

    Simply enchanting! Blessed with rare natural beauty, the region of Calheta includes eight parishes (Arco da Calheta, Calheta Village, Estreito da Calheta, Jardim do Mar, Paul do Mar, Prazeres, Fajã da Ovelha and Ponta do Pargo) spread over a total area of 116 square kilometres.
    Whether you walk along by the sea, hike in the steep mountains or descend to the valleys, you will enjoy the many wonders of nature surrounding you

    Duration: 25 minutes

    Stop At: Prazeres, Prazeres, Calheta, Madeira, Madeira Islands

    The name of this parish originates from a small chapel dedicated to 'Our Lady of Prazeres'. Blessed by Mother Nature with an amazing beauty, this village is without any doubt one of the most picturesque of the island!
    This small village also offers the delights of a parish run zoo, herb garden and tea house; well worth a visit and very well looked after. The entire parish is sitting on an enormous terrace from where you can enjoy breathtaking views over the ocean and the surrounding area

    Duration: 25 minutes

    Stop At: Ponta do Pargo, Ponta do Pargo, Calheta, Madeira, Madeira Islands

    Ponta do Pargo's name came from its location on the extreme coastal west point (Ponta) and for being rich in a species of fish called 'pargo'.
    Due to its plane terrain this is a very distinguished area on Madeira Island. Tranquil and peculiar, this parish maintains its charm almost all year round, becoming especially alive when religious festivals occur. Another event that makes it shine is the ‘Apple Festival’ (Festa do Pêro)

    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Stop At: Paul do Mar, Paul do Mar, Calheta, Madeira, Madeira Islands

    Paul do Mar is one of the most important fishing centres of the archipelago. The ocean provides this parish with an incredibly rich variety of fish, to such an extent that it has become a reference in the world of gastronomy.
    Until the late 1960s you could only access this fishing village by boat and for the next thirty years the only way to go down there was very slowly and carefully on a dangerous road. Fortunately the new road did not do any damage to the romantic aspect of the village and everywhere you go you can be sure to find peace, authenticity and tranquillity. Going out of Paul do Mar through one of its three tunnels, you leave behind a paradise that you will never forget

    Duration: 25 minutes

    Stop At: Jardim do Mar, Jardim do Mar, Calheta, Madeira, Madeira Islands

    Jardim do Mar (literally ‘garden of the sea’) was first under the authority of Prazeres and Paul do Mar gaining its independence in the 18th century. Its name originates in the transition between steep slopes without vegetation and a wonderful green seaside resort that was once covered with a mantle of wild flowers.
    Surrounded by the sea and cloaked by the mountains, this parish preserves the tranquillity of the old days, of which the old narrow streets and low-level houses with different shapes of chimneys still bear witness.
    Jardim do Mar became the island’s meeting point for the international surfing community. Due to its location, the Madeira archipelago is a privileged spot to receive swells of the North Atlantic and has all sorts of waves, from point breaks to reef breaks

    Duration: 25 minutes

    Stop At: 9360 Madalena do Mar, Portugal

    Located next to Ponta do Sol, the sea village of Madalena do Mar was once an important centre of sugarcane production. Currently, the primary sector continues to be the basis of its economy, as it has one of the largest banana plantations on the whole island, thanks to its fertile land and favourable climate. That’s why this is the perfect place to host the annual Banana Exhibit, in July, where you will be impressed by the size of the banana bunches.
    Stroll on the promenade, parallel to the nice pebble beach, while enjoying the landscape, marked by the blue sea and the green mountains, and along the way you will find several restaurants and bars, and Santa Madalena church is also really close

    Duration: 25 minutes

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    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Service animals allowed
    • Stroller accessible
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
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Activity ID: V-230074P22

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