Option B: Over the Mountains (full day, lunch included)
First stop Monte, a small village on the hills 6km above Funchal where you can see the remains of the almost-forgotten rack-and-pinion railway which used to connect Monte to Funchal, in particular the original base station which still stands at the foot of the hill. Monte is notable for its gardens and older green spaces, some of which are open to the public, and their exotic plants and flowers.
Monte is now linked to Funchal and the Botanical Gardens by cable car. Next we will head to Ribeiro Frio, taking in a 30-minute walk along the levada to the Miradouro dos Balcões, a route lined with beautiful trees, flowers and rock formations ending in a stupendous view of some of Madeira’s highest peaks; along the way you will meet some of the island’s birds, which are used to visitors. You can take the time to enjoy the vegetation and the superb landscapes. We will take lunch at the hotel Quinta do Furão in the Santana area. We return to Funchal via the Guindaste viewpoint, where we will make a brief stop to admire the breathtaking view of the north coast.
Return to VidaMar ≅ 16.15.