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Laurel Forest (Laurisilva) Tours

Laurel Forest (Laurisilva)
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.
Address: Madeira, Portugal
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8 Tours and Activities to Experience Laurel Forest (Laurisilva)

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Mountain Biking Tour - Portela Tour

Mountain Biking Tour - Portela Tour

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Follow a guide uphill and downhill over some challenging trails on this Portela mountain bike ride. Departing from Funchal, you’ll start near the biological reserve of Madeira Natural Park and ride along one of the levadas of Madeira. See ocean views and immerse in the Laurisilva of Madeira, the World Heritage–listed Laurel Forest. Please note, this mountain bike ride is suitable for those with good physical fitness and moderate skill level.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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$85.94
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Canyoning Madeira Island - Small Groups

Canyoning Madeira Island - Small Groups

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Descending some of the earth's most beautiful geologic creations is unique, and Madeira Island has the beautifull ones. Sharing it with friends, family or visit this secrets alone is one of the best activities you can do in the middle of the nature. No knowledge of ropes, knots and rappelling? No problem. Our qualified guides have been trained to facilitate your technical introduction. Your day will include rappelling, downhill climbing and walking in an extraordinary environment. We provide all the necessary technical gear for your experience, but recommend you bring: Shoes to get wet.
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  • 6 hours
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Rabaçal Hiking Tour

Rabaçal Hiking Tour

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The Laurel forest, also called laurisilva or laurissilva, is a type of subtropical forest found in areas with high humidity and relatively stable, mild temperatures. The forest is characterized by broadleaf tree species with evergreen, glossy and elongated leaves, known as "laurophyll" or "lauroid". Plants from the laurel family (Lauraceae) are also present at the Madeira´s Laurissilva forest which is a UNESCO heritage site. It is a rare and fragile ecosystem. The paleobotanical record of Madeira reveals that laurissilva forests has existed in this island for at least 1.8 million years. The levada 25 fontes was built in the late 18 th century, and transports water from Rabaçal to the south of the island. Rabaçal can be described as valley of vertical walls where different types of volcanic rock allow water from the upper water table to emerge in the form of numerous fountains along the walls of the mountain.
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  • 6 hours
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$49.11
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Folhadal Hidden Treasures Running Tour (Moderate)

Folhadal Hidden Treasures Running Tour (Moderate)

We'll go deep inside the Laurissilva forest far away from the civilization and we'll discover some of the hidden treasures these mountains hide. You'll experience running in a Levada, crossing tunnels and great waterfalls. To finish this tour in beauty we have a clear view to the mountains.
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  • 3 hours
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Hiking Tour: Layers of Madeira

Hiking Tour: Layers of Madeira

This very special tour is ideal to discover the diversity of the island! We undertake three hikes that could hardly be more different. The day begins with the ascent to the highest mountain in Madeira - the magnificent Pico Ruivo! Breathtaking panoramic views of the island await us! The second part of this full day excursion takes us through the laurel forest, where we discover the native flora and fauna of Madeira. Finally we drive to Rocha do Navio, located on the north coast of the island. Here we enjoy the idyllic surroundings during a ride with the cable car and a small, easy hike along the coast.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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Private Tailored tour to the East in a 4WD. No shared groups!

Private Tailored tour to the East in a 4WD. No shared groups!

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These tours are made for the ones looking to spend one day with a local, like a local, avoiding masses and going off the beaten track. All the tours are provided just by one guide, myself, and i love my job,so, i always add something different to my tours making each one of them special, just like my guests and i will go over the extra mile to guarantee that. I start all my tours with a personal agenda, i want you to feel the love and passion i have for this amazingly beautiful island!
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  • 7 hours
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$226.67
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Private Tailored tour to the West in a 4WD. No shared groups!

Private Tailored tour to the West in a 4WD. No shared groups!

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These tours are made for the ones looking to spend one day with a local, like a local, avoiding masses and going off the beaten track. All the tours are provided just by one guide, myself, and i love my job,so, i always add something different to my tours making each one of them special, just like my guests and i will go over the extra mile to guarantee that. I start all my tours with a personal agenda, i want you to feel the love and passion i have for this amazingly beautiful island!
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$226.67
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$226.67
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Rabaçal / Risco / 25 Fountains Full-day walk

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Rabaçal / Risco / 25 Fountains Full-day walk

Our local and qualified staff has a passion for nature and will transmit the best information about the history, Fauna and Flora of the Island. Our mission is to innovate, ensure excellence and being environmental friendly. We are a company that you can trust with a touch of originality, creativity and great mood.
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  • 4 hours
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$45.43
$6.82 savings
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