Madeira Experiences

There’s tours, trails and tastes to remember. Mouthwatering, home grown ingredients. Sugar cane and grapes perfected for wine. Breathtaking verdant vistas. Insta-ready wildflower mountaintops. The Floating Garden of the Atlantic is a feast for the senses. And with our exclusive experiences, you can discover the heart, and high points, of Madeira.

 

Select an experience below to find out more.

Levada do Norte Walk

This walk is just over 6km long amongst flower-filled, verdant vistas, and is suitable for anyone who enjoys walking.

 

  • English speaking expert guide
  • Hotel pick-up
  • Private excursion

From£66per person

Blandy, A Family With History Tour

Gain insight into the island’s historic Blandy family, including a guided visit of the Blandy wine lodge.

 

  • English speaking expert guide
  • Lunch and wine tasting
  • Hotel pick-up
  • Private excursion

From£224per person

Grand Tropical Tour

Visit a sugar cane mill, enjoy a traditional lunch and take a cable car ride to visit tropical fruit orchards.

 

  • English speaking expert guide
  • Traditional lunch in local village
  • Hotel pick-up
  • Private excursion

From£155per person

Culinary Experience

Join a local chef on a visit to a local market to pick the freshest ingredients, before learning how to cook a traditional Madeiran meal.

 

  • Tuition from a Chef & English speaking guide
  • Lunch and a glass of Poncha
  • Hotel pick-up
  • Private excursion

From£131per person

Madeira Chocolate Workshop

Chocolatier Maria Joao Barros welcomes you to her home for an exclusive, Madeira Chocolate Workshop.

 

  • Guided workshop creating various flavoured chocolates
  • Cholocate tasting
  • Hotel pick-up
  • Private excursion

From£96per person

Blandy's wine stored in huge oak barrels

Blandy's wine stored in huge oak barrels

Blandy’s Family History Wine Tour

An all-day tour of properties owned by Madeira’s Blandy family, a British family who first came to the island in the 19th century and have been linked to the economic development of the island ever since. The tour includes a visit to a vineyard, the award-winning Palheiro Gardens, lunch at Casa Velho do Palheiro country house, and a guided visit of the Blandy Wine Lodge.

Quinta de Santa Luiza is a traditional working manor house, bought by the first Blandy to visit Madeira, in 1826, John Blandy. Still very much a farm estate it features a variety of flora and fauna, and vines used in the production of Blandy’s Madeira wine.

Owned by the Blandy family, Palheiro Gardens were landscaped in the eighteenth century for the then-owner, the Conde de Carvalhal. Over time many tropical plants have been introduced, creating an exquisite example of the island’s fauna. After a guided visit and free time to explore,  enjoy a traditional lunch, paired with Blandy’s wine, at Casa Velha do Palheiro, a Relais & Châteaux country house hotel, set within the gardens.

End your day at Blandy’s wine lodge, the heart of the family’s wine business, acquired by Charles Ridpath Blandy in the mid-nineteenth century. You’ll sample wines from some of the 650 barrels and vats whilst learning about the traditional Canteiro method which gives Madeiran wine its distinctive character.

This is an exclusive 6.5hr tour for two people and includes English speaking guide and hotel pick-up and travel by private car.  From £220 per person.

Levada do Norte

Levada do Norte

Levada Do Norte Walk

This walk is just over 6km long and is suitable for anyone who enjoys walking. Start the day at the sea cliff Cabo Girao admiring the spectacular views from its glass walkway, before reaching Levada do Norte for a wonderful walk through a serene and, in season, wildflower filled landscape.

Start the day admiring the spectacular views from the glass walkway at the Cabo Girao sea cliff, at 580 metres above sea level, this is the second highest sea cliff in the world.  Head to Levada do Norte where a wonderful walk through peaceful, and seasonally populated, wildflower landscapes awaits. Undoubtedly one of the best ways to get to know Madeira. Wend your way alongside the island’s unique Levada irrigation system – 19th century mountainside channels which were dug by hand to carry water from the hills to fields and villages below. Take in the aromas of the sugarcane, and notice the beautiful wild flowers growing close to the running water. Admire the landscape that surrounds you as you pass through Lombados do Campanário and Quinta Grande. Finish off at a local bar and sample Poncha, a rum made from honey, before returning to your hotel.

This is an exclusive 4hr tour for two people and includes English speaking guide and hotel pick-up by private car. Difficulty grade is 1 so suitable for beginners, although walking boots with good grip are essential.  From £66 per person.

Cocoa beans

Cocoa beans

Chocolate Making Workshop

Chocolatier Maria Joao Barros welcomes you to her home for an exclusive, Madeira Chocolate Workshop.

Learn the art of chocolate making, and tasting, in the intimate and comfortable surroundings of the home and garden of experienced chocolatier Maria Joao Barros. Following a chocolate making demonstration you’ll be invited to make, taste and enjoy a variety of handmade chocolates, some flavoured with the aromatic herbs grown in Maria’s garden. A relaxing day full of taste, conversation, knowledge and stunning views of Funchal harbour.

This is an exclusive 3.5hr excursion for two people and includes English speaking guide and hotel pick-up. From £96 per person.

 

Local market in Funchal

Local market in Funchal

A Culinary Experience

Join a local chef for a cooking experience. Start with a fascinating visit to a local market to taste and pick your ingredients amidst the freshest of produce, then learn to prepare and cook a typical, seasonal Madeiran meal and finally enjoy your efforts together with a glass of the local drink, Poncha.

Chef Luisa is passionate about food and will show you how to cook traditional ingredients with a modern twist. Finding the freshest ingredients is the key to fantastic flavours, so begin with a guided trip to the local market, where you’ll learn about the variety of tropical fruits, vegetables, and meat. Visit the fish market, where, depending on the season, you’ll see fresh tuna or black scabbard, as well as getting a glimpse into the day to day life of local Madeirans. You’ll have the opportunity to try some of the local fruits in season, whilst selecting the ingredients for the dish you’ll later prepare. Having cooked a typical, seasonal Madeiran meal enjoy the fruits of your efforts together with a glass of the local Poncha rum.

This is an exclusive 4hr excursion for two people and includes English speaking guide, hotel pick-up and lunch based on the meal you’ve prepared. Operates Monday – Friday. From £131 per person.

Cabo Girao view point

Cabo Girao view point

Grand Tropical Tour

Visit a sugar cane mill, stroll through sugar cane fields and banana plantations with a traditional lunch in the village of Ribiera Brava. Stop at the sea cliff Cabo Girao for the views and cable car ride to Faja do Cabo Girao for a walk through its tropical fruit-filled orchards.

A chance to learn the importance of tropical crops as you walk amongst sugar cane, banana and fruit plantations. At the coastal village of Ribiera, you’ll have time to discover its beautiful church, tropical garden, local market full of the freshest produce, and  St. Bento Fort, constructed in 1708 by the then Governor of Madeira, Duarte Sodré Pereira, which protected the villagers from pirates. Enjoy tasting various tropical fruits, and a traditional, hearty three-course lunch delighting the palate with a starter of grilled limpets with ‘Bolo do Caco’, a choice of Scabbard fish, tuna steak or beef steak for the main, and tropical fruits for dessert.

At the end of the day visit the second-highest sea cliff in the world, Cabo Girão, and take a cable car ride to visit the Fajãs, to explore the mango, pintanga, and passion fruit orchards which thrive there.

This is an exclusive 8hr excursion for two people and includes English speaking expert guide, lunch and hotel pick-up. From £155 per person.