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Laurel Forest (Laurisilva) Tours

One of the many reasons why visitors come to Europe is to steep themselves in history. But the Portuguese island of Madeira is home to a piece of history that goes beyond the ruins of Rome and the battlefields of France – the Laurel Forest. Vegetation such as the kind found here used to carpet southern Europe, and it is believed that the forest is at least 15 million years old! Now it is a rare sight, and those going to Madeira put it high on their list of things to see.

The Laurel Forest, also called Laurisilva, holds a bounty of flora and fauna that astounds visitors – as well as a subtropical mist that gives it an ethereal ambience and makes the views from certain observation points that much more incredible. There are several long- and short-range hiking trails through this UNESCO World Heritage site that can accommodate various levels of ability. However, proper shoes and attire should be brought for the adventure, as well as food and drink.

Practical Info

The best point of entry to the Laurel Forest is in the village of Ribeiro Frio, about 45 minutes from Funchal. Follow the signs on foot along Highway ER103 from Ribeiro Frio to hiking route PR11, “Balcões.” It is a fairly level topography, and the walk to the (natural) observation point should take no more than an hour.

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Madeira Best of the West Day Tour, Funchal, null
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Madeira Best of the West Day Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 29 Reviews

Experience the West of the beautiful Madeira island with friendly and professional tour guides.

Location: Funchal, Portugal
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $29.66
Madeira Levada Walk - Rabacal Lakes and Fountains, Funchal, Full-day Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Madeira Levada Walk - Rabacal Lakes and Fountains

4.5 star rating: Recommended 11 Reviews

The levada walk will allow hikers to enjoy the evergreen and luxuriant Rabacal valley situated within the natural park of Madeira, in the North West of the ...  Read more

Location: Funchal, Portugal
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $45.68
Madeira Levada Walk - Caldeirao Verde, Funchal, Walking Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Madeira Levada Walk - Caldeirao Verde

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Walking Madeira in the middle of the laurisilva silva (world heritage by UNESCO) with professional guides and staff.

Location: Funchal, Portugal
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $42.71
Caldeirão Verde Levadas Walk in Madeira, Funchal, Walking Tours
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Caldeirão Verde Levadas Walk in Madeira

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Explore the Levada do Caldeirão Verde, one of the best walk in Santana. Learn about the 'levadas', irrigation channels originally constructed to carry ...  Read more

Location: Funchal, Portugal
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $45.68
Santana Full Adventure East Tour in Open Roof 4x4, Funchal, Walking Tours
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Santana Full Adventure East Tour in Open Roof 4x4

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Santana the "Biosphere Reserve" by Unesco, with its typical houses. Ribeira Primeira Park, a sustainable and unique project in the heart of the ... 

Location: Funchal, Portugal
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $53.39
Small Group West Tour Waterfalls and Peaks, Funchal, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Small Group West Tour Waterfalls and Peaks

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

Experience the West Tour - Waterfalls and Peaks, and enjoy the hillsides and the waterfalls spilling down to the Atlantic. The natural sea pools at Porto Moniz ...  Read more

Location: Funchal, Portugal
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $29.66

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