One trip here and ...
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No visit to Madeira is complete without living an authentic gastronomic experience. Explore the capital and taste delicious food with a passionate expert in the culinary and wine scenes.
Come discover the beautiful city of Funchal and the exquisite Madeiran cuisine on our 4-hour Food & Cultural Experience. On this tour, our guide will share her passion for local food and drinks. We’ll start in the Old Town’s small and charming 600 years old streets. Along the way, you’ll learn curious facts about Madeira’s history and culture and sample some local beverages accompanied by paired foods. You’ll discover a choice of the finest Madeiran products, including exotic fruits, local bread, biscuits, fish, and meat specialities of Madeiran cuisine and traditional desserts. Regarding drinks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages like soda, a liqueur, tea, white and red wine, brewed beer and the ever-popular island drink of poncha. You will learn about the various varieties of Madeira fortified wine and taste and appreciate it with the local chocolate. You will get a feel for local life on the island’s best farmer’s market, visit the oldest biscuit factory in Madeira, a local bar, small eateries and a tea house to finish. A fantastic introduction to the food and culture of Madeira! Book your seat now!
Please consult our FAQs section, where we have the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.
The Food and Drinks:
Your guide will require to validate your voucher identification (You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity). The tour will begin on time. Please try to arrive 10 minutes earlier.
Year-round, except on holidays and Sundays.
13:00 Tuesday and Friday
Tour starts at 9:00 and finishes around 13:00
You will receive an email with location details and map.
Madeira Food Cultural Tour: In front of João Gonçalves Zarco statue, located at Zarco Avenue, opposite the Cathedral.
Please, arrive 10 minutes earlier.
Madeiran traditional bakery factory; Farmer’s Market; old Tavern; Old Town, tea house, and other mentioned key sites.
The city centre is relatively flat and easy to explore on foot, but we recommend bringing a bottle of water and wearing comfortable shoes. Please bring curiosity and an appetite—You will get plenty of high-quality food to try and local drinks to sample. Also, bring a bag if you’d like to buy goodies to take home!
It’s easy to book. Our staff are qualified. We take you to various sites we know you will want to explore. Our fundamental principles are the comfort, safety, and flexibility of both our guests and personnel.
The tour is a combination of a walking tour and several stops where we can sit down to try lovely food and drink.
The tour centres around the old town and locations nearby, so there isn’t too much walking involved. The pace is leisurely, almost all on the flat.
We adapted the tour to the current COVID-19 safety measures. We must use masks when appropriate, and every establishment we visit has a hand sanitiser.
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Our Tourist Guide will have a clear card (a banner) with the company logo and the list with the guest’s name.
Your confirmation email will have the exact meeting point details along with a map, and emergency phone number.
Yes, we offer child-friendly options for children. All alcoholic drinks will be replaced by fruit juices, local sodas and water and the food prepared specially for them.
In Portugal, it is forbidden to sell alcoholic drinks for persons under the age of 18.
It depends on the degree of difficulty of the travellers with reduced mobility, and an adult guardian must always accompany them.
On the Madeira Food Tour, we can accommodate wheelchairs. There is a small step into the biscuit shop, but we can manage it. The other venues are accessible, or else we have a table outside.
For other tours, please email us, and we will be happy to tell you if we can accommodate you.
If you have any dietary requirements, let us know in advance, and we will do our utmost to get all the chefs and venues to accommodate you.
We are flexible to cater for dietary restrictions and preferences, allergies and food intolerance.
Yes. If you have any specific allergies/intolerance, please indicate these in the Booking Notes section when booking, or fill in the contact form below, and we will do our best to accommodate your requirements.
Yes, private tours are available for all tours listed on our site. Please, get in touch for any further information about any listed tours.
Besides our tours for mainland travellers, we also offer great value options for people who travel by cruise ships. You can choose one of the existing tours or create your own customised itinerary. Get in touch to arrange your tour!
Food & Wine full-day tours:
We will pick you up and drop you off at any hotel in Funchal and Caniço. For hotels outside Funchal, the meeting point will be in Funchal.
Food & Wine half-day tours:
The meeting point and end of the tours are in Funchal city centre. In this case, we will not do pick-ups or drop-offs.
Yes. Our tours run every day, but there are limits on some special dates. Our Madeira Food tour and Walking City Tour do not run on public holidays. This is because the market and some businesses do not open these days. If possible, we will try to arrange another day of touring in the same week.
Any of our private tours can be customised to suit your preferences. Please get in touch to let us know what you would like to see and do, and we will do our best to arrange it.
No, we offer tours in Portuguese, English and French. Additionally, we offer tours in German, but it is convenient to inform in advance for availability.
Please get in touch as soon as you become aware you may be unable to make your tour so we can try to accommodate you. If you are unable to make your reserved tour, and we have spaces on the tour for the following day, we will happily change your booking free of charge. Please see our Policy for further details.
If you need to change or cancel a booking or amend your details, email or give us a call.
One of the great things about Lux Madeira is that we have no minimum requirements for our tour to run, so we will still go ahead if just one person has booked. The size depends on the number of bookings, but you can always choose to upgrade to a private tour.
The recommended size for our Food & Wine Tours: 1 up to 10 participants.
We will make every effort to try to re-schedule your tour if you are unable to make it. In the instance, you wish to cancel your tour altogether, please see our Cancellation Policy for details on refunds
Prices for all our shared services are quoted per person, except in the case of our private services
If you are happy with the service you receive, it’s customary to tip your driver and Tourist guide. This is entirely at your discretion.
Madeira weather in coastal areas is temperate and mild with no great extremes-although the temperature can drop the higher you go on the island so, whatever time of year you visit, be sure to bring warm clothes when visiting the mountains. Obviously, rainfall is higher in the winter, and you’ll probably need to pack a raincoat or umbrella. Madeira’s average temperatures range from 18C in winter to 25C in summer, with sea temperatures being nearly the same due to a warm Gulf Stream that surrounds the Island all year round, 18C to 22C. Madeira island holidays are the ideal getaway all year round!
The dress code for our tours is comfortable and casual. Dressing in layers gives more comfort as you can shed and add items when the climate varies. Consider packing.
Tours operate rain or shine, but in the case of inclement weather, your Tourist Guide will modify the tour so more time is spent indoors. It never hurts to have an umbrella on hand.