Laurisilva Forest & A-Framed Houses Tour

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From $28.56

20 reviews   (4.65)

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Duration: 8 hours

Departs: madeira, portugal

TicketType: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.


The East Tour with its famous “A” framed houses; clouds hanging below Pico do Arieiro hugging the contours of the mountains.The delightful unspotted Laurissilva forest.

What's Included

Air-conditioned vehicle

All taxes, fees and handling charges

Hotel/port pickup and drop-off ( Free for hotels in Funchal)

Professional guide

What's Not Included

Does not include pickup from the Cruise Ship Port (requires extra fee of €5 pp)


Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 0 - 4
  • CHILD: Age: 5 - 11
  • ADULT: Age: 12 - 99

Additional Info

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Specialized infant seats are available
  • Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

What To Expect

On the East Madeira Tour heads for Camacha. The road is lined with orchards and in summer, with blue blossom of the agapanthus. Camacha sits on a high plateau on the northeast of Funchal. At Camacha is also the first place were soccer was played in Portugal in 1875.

15 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Pico do Arieiro
We then uphill heading for Pico Arieiro, 1818m (5965 fts). It is the third highest peak in Madeira. As you climb, the green woodland gives way to bare rock. There are tremendous views over an endless succession of knife-edge ridges and sheer cliffs. Cotton-wool clouds hang in the valleys.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Balcoes de Ribeiro Frio
Leaving Pico Areiro continuing your journey up hill, through small terraces lining the road where you can find all types of fruits before you reaching Ribeiro Frio is a delightful spot set among the Laurissilva forest This Forest was classified in the World Heritage by UNESCO in 1999.

35 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Santana.-  Presenting a picture of domestic and agricultural prosperity. The predominant colour is the greens of the terraced fields and the hay meadows, interspersed by apple, pear and cherry orchards, dotted among the haystack are triangular thatched buildings, used by local farmers as cow sheds. Traditionally people lived in these ingenious structures. You will discover how spacious the Santana ´A` farmed buildings are when you visit one.

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Driving down to the North Coast, to a rural village of Porto da Cruz. Located at the foot of a Rock called Penha d´Aguia, and on the other side, steep terraced slopes. The only running sugar mill in the north coast is located in this village. Its brick chimney stands up high in the village. It has a beautiful sea promenade.

25 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Pico do Facho viewpoint
Machico´s bay was the first place where Zarco and Tristão Vaz Teixeira landed when Madeira was discovered. It has an uncommonly shaped valley, which looks as if a balcony overlookes the sea and the mountains, in a municipality with great abundance in water. The sugar cane crops and its mills activities made it become very important for Madeira’s economy until the 17th century. The eastern side of Machico bay is dominated by Pico do Facho a 320 mts (1050 ft) a high peak. It was named after the beacon (facho) that used to be lit here to warn residents of approaching pirates

20 minutes • Admission Ticket Free


Great full day tour
Flintstone89, 12-04-2022
Excellent tour all round! Really enjoyed our day with Madeira Island Tours visiting various spots on the East tour. Santana and the a-framed houses were a highlight, as well as the lovely lunch arranged by our guide. We also found the rum factory interesting and loved the village stop for a tasty hot chocolate and custard tart! We didn't have the best weather in March - it was quite changeable and so the forest stop and Pico de Areilo were disappointing but that's not the fault of our guide or the company. Safe driving, friendly driver with lots of stories and knowledge of the island. Would recommned! Very good price too for a full day tour with a small group.
Lovely tour, shame about the weather!
Peter_D, 08-04-2022
The tour covered lots of great spots and the guide was very knowledgeable. Disappointing weather which meant the high peaks were covered. Would be fabulous on a good day
Very enjoyable
Craig_W, 30-03-2022
Lovely to see another part of Madeira. Carlos was really nice, laid back and informative… shame weather terrible si lost the chance to see views from highest peak.Never mind , can’t control weather… next time maybe!!
West & East Day Tours - give them a try
Jill J, 09-03-2022
We decided we must see as much of Madeira as we could, so we booked the West Tour - Peak & Waterfalls - Porto Moniz & the A Framed East Tour with Madeira Island Tours before we arrived.
We had two great days - doing the West tour first. We were picked us up first in Canico, then others from hotels in Funchal joined us, then we were on our way.
Ernesto our guide was terrific, cracking jokes, very knowledgeable with all sorts of snippets of info, and stopping anywhere he could to show us local fruits & vegs growing in situ. We called into lots of different places, and were not rushed as we took photos and chatted amongst ourselves. Fantastic views and a real insight into the Madeira way of life. But oh the hills, not to mention sheer drops on the side of the road. Lunch was an optional extra which we went for, and was most enjoyable and good value.
We were unable to take a Levada walk as it was raining and foggy up in the mountains, you could hardly see. That was disappointing but you can organise everything except the weather.
The following week we enjoyed the East tour, again with Ernesto. This was a mixed language group which was sometimes hard to follow as we were sitting at the back. No less enjoyable, and a different aspect all together from our first trip.
We again enjoyed a good optional extra lunch before viewing the A frame houses.
We would certainly recommend both these tours, although you are on the tourist trail with lots of other groups. You do get to see parts of Madeira you wouldn't find yourself via hire car or public transport.
East tour
900marianw, 17-05-2022
Lovely day out, driver very friendly and had loads of knowledge about the island. We had previously been on the West tour and that was excellent, the only problem this time was the size of minibus. Which was larger with very little space for longer legs or people with walking difficulties, we had problems getting to back of bus every time we got off as we were last pick up. Also larger folk over 15 stone as I could not fasten my seat belt.

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