Departing from Funchal we will be heading to Camacha, the place where football was played for the first time in Portugal in 1875 and where “bailinho” the traditional folk dance
was first born. In Camacha you can visit the wicker factory and see the typical wicker things crafts.
Pico Areiro is next on our itinerary. At 1818m high with its stunning views of the highest mountain peaks and a glimpse of Funchal bay in the far distance.
Next we will make our way to Ribeiro Frio and the UNESCO Laurissilva national forest. Here you will have the opportunity for a stroll into the heart of the forest at Balcoes or a visit to the trout nursery.
We will stop for lunch at Santana with its traditional thatched cottages, once the homes of our great grandparents.
Driving east we will find Portela, a fantastic viewpoint featuring an amazing sight over the north coast of the island as well as Porto da Cruz and the famous Penha d´Águia cliff facing the north shore.
Next stop will be in Ponta de São Lourenço, here the landscape changes dramatically mostly because of the nearly constant northern winds blowing the chances of any trees or shrubs
grow, here on the most eastern part of Madeira you will be fascinated by most beautiful bay of all ... Baía d´Ábra.
Our final stop, before returning to Funchal will be in Machico where the first settlers first came ashore on 1419, a day that it is remembered every year in June with a medieval Fayre.
Here you can relax by taking a gentle walk across the promenade or on the beautiful golden sand beach.