In the West Tour - Waterfalls and Peaks ,the hillsides and the waterfalls spilling down to the Atlantic; the natural sea pools at Porto Moniz; the coast roads hugging the contours of the mountains.
The first stop is a small fishing village, “Câmara de Lobos”,which is located west of Funchal where the port is a small creek, with a beach and a harbour and with the houses heaped up around the bay. . In 1949 Winston Churchill chose this place to paint its picturesque surroundings. Poncha is a locale drink made of honey, lemon and sugarcane rum, available in the local taverns
After visiting Camara de Lobos, we head for worlds second highest sea cliff and Europe’s highest (580m) – (1775 ft). Here you can enjoy the beautiful views of Camara de Lobos and Funchal.
Ribeira Brava is the next stop on this journey. The town reflects the personality of the stream, from where it gets its name. Ribeira (river) Brava (wild). The mother church is its main point of interest. Build in the 16th Century it has undergone several alterations throughout time. It has a Flemish work of art and a valuable Manuel style baptism fountain. On the sea promenade the fort of São Bento is this town’s landmark .Here you can enjoy a cup of coffee.
Ponta do Sol is the sunniest spot on the island, and that’s where it gets its name, sunny point, with its old recovered buildings, in a maze of streets and cosy retreats has a touch of romanticism .A quiet and pretty little village shoe- horned into the folds of a steep valley overhung with dense banana plantation, with a relaxed and lively air.
Paul da Serra which translated roughly is “mountain plain” .It is Madeira’s biggest and highest plateau. Located at 1400mts (4593 ft). It is Madeira’s Scot’s moors. It has wide open landscapes, where you can enjoy the panoramic views over the Valleys.
Driving through a zigzag road we reach Porto Moniz. The main attractions are its beautiful natural pools.On the promenade which stretches from the naturals pools to the pier; you will find pleasant restaurants were you can try the local sea food or other delicious local dishes
The tour heads for Brides Veil , We travel the famous north coast route. We drive through Seixal, a picturesque village,. Its spectacular coastline is towered by mountains. We stop to see one of Madeira’s famous waterfalls, called Brides Veil. The waterfall starts on top of the mountain falling directly into the sea. The white foam of the water reminds us of a brides Veil, thus the name. Continuing our journey to São Vicente, we are able to absorb the scenery, and the energetic Ocean
Sao Vicente is a charming little town with narrow picturesque streets, old houses, immaculately white. The mother church, dates to the 17th century. At the edge of the main road lies a park with coastal plants, endemic to Madeira.
The tour then climbs 1.007mts (3.303 ft), passing through the Laurissilva forest At view point at the top, in good weather it is possible to view the North and South Coasts simultaneously.