Go North Island Tour

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Availability : Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Departs: 09:00
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Go North Tour

Full-Day Madeira Island Tour



was 32€



under age 11



09h00 – 16h45



15 to 30m

Entry to the Volcanic Caves is currently unavailable.

Let’s Explore the Northside of Madeira

On the Go North tour, you will find the most remote places on the island. The unique landscapes will surprise you. We recommend you to book this tour with the visit to the Volcanic Caves to learn about the formation of our beautiful island.

We start the Go North Tour with an optional visit to the São Vicente’s Caves and Volcanism Centre. The whole visit takes a bit more than 1 hour. The caves were formed 890 thousand years ago by a volcanic eruption.
They were discovered by locals in 1885 but only opened to the public in 1996. Through a set of 8 volcanic tunnels, you will see crystal clear small lakes, volcanic stalactites, and interesting volcanic patterns. The underground route runs for over 1000 meters and the height of the caves varies from 5 to 6 meters. The temperature is always between 16oC / 17oC.

After the walk through the center of the Earth, you can also visit a small museum which offers a range of educational and entertaining audiovisual displays that recreate the geological evolution of the caves, the eruption of the volcano, and the formation of the Madeira Islands.

The second stop of our journey takes us to Ponta Delgada. This picturesque village of the North is located between the mountains and the sea. The village is famous for its seaside swimming pools that take advantage of the Atlantic Ocean. Another point of interest is the local church, also located by the sea. The ceiling and paintings are well worth seeing.

Continuing along the North coast we arrive at São Jorge. This little charming village was one of the first parishes of the North Coast of the Island to be populated. Here we stop for lunch for about 90 minutes, there are a few local restaurants to choose from. At Cabana’s viewpoint, you have a fantastic view over Arco de São Jorge and the Atlantic Ocean. On clear days you can even see Porto Santo Island.

Afterward, we arrive at Porto da Cruz, which is on the Northeast coast. The mountains surrounding the town cast an amphitheater facing the sea. The most iconic rock formation you see here is the Penha d’Águia, it rises from the earth at 590 meters high. In Porto da Cruz you may visit the Northern Milling Company which is the only steam-powered distillery in Europe.

This mill is one of the most striking examples of the importance of sugarcane trade in Madeira. The mill is dedicated exclusively to the production of sugarcane rum according to the original process. You can observe the machines and understand the mechanism through interactive devices. In the end, you may visit the Rum House where you can taste a variety of rums.

The next stop is the stunning viewpoint Pico do Facho. Here you will admire the panoramic views of Machico valley, Ponta de São Lourenço, and the airport. Historically, this was where huge bonfires were lit to alert the population of approaching enemy ships.

The final stop our journey is Santa Cruz village, which is the second oldest city of Madeira. You can take a pleasant stroll by the sea or through the Old Town where you will find small shops, cafés, and restaurants. You may also visit the São Salvador church, a gothic Manueline style temple. It is one of the churches, outside Funchal, with a large architectural interest.

Tour Stops

Go North Island Tour 1
1st Stop
Volcanic Caves - Go North Tour
1st Stop

Grutas de São Vicente

(currently unavailable)

2nd Stop
Go North Island Tour
2nd Stop

Ponta Delgada

3rd Stop
Go North Island Tour
3rd Stop

São Jorge

4th Stop
Go North Island Tour
4th Stop

Porto da Cruz

5th Stop
Go North Island Tour
5th Stop

Pico do Facho

6th Stop
Market Tour
6th Stop

Santa Cruz

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What to Bring?

We recommend you to take comfortable shoes, a sweater, a jacket, a cap and a bottle of water.

Nevertheless, despite our advice, it is our guests’ decision to bring appropriate garments to the tour.

Recommended Equipment


Good Shoes

Comfortable boots or walking shoes with a good grip;


Good Sweater

A sweater to protect you in case of cold weather conditions;


Good Jacket

An all-weather jacket is a perfect choice for the island tours;


Cap / Hat

Bring a cap or hat to protect you from the heat of the sun;


Bottle of Water

A bottle of water is always useful to keep you hydrated.

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david j

Couple Traveller

We selected the Go North tour in order to visit the volcanic tubes. Marta was our driver and guide. Highly accomplished, she spoke in both English and German to our small group; she was friendly, amusing, and knowledgeable. The timings of the visits were well pitched. We could choose to take lunch with dessert, wine, and coffee, which was ample. Excellent value and very personalized. We would highly recommend!

16 March, 2019

Barbara R

Group Traveller

We went on three tours, half-day Nuns Valley, North, West full days. Each one was really good. Marco in the shop is so friendly you feel he has known you forever. Nothing is too much trouble. We were picked up from our hotel and dropped off at the end back at the hotel. There were plenty of toilet stops as well as photo stops. The nun’s valley is so lovely, as is the rest of the island. The North tour goes to the caves at Sao Vicente, an hour and a half stop. I would go again to this tour company.

16 November, 2018


Solo Traveller

We were picked up from the cruise ship for a day tour to the North of Madeira including a visit to the caves. The driver was on time, very friendly and the trip was very informative. Her English was very good and the day just flew by. This was a very good value and a great way to see parts of Madeira we had never visited before. I would certainly use this company again.

10 November, 2016

Des T

Couple Traveller

I booked with this company for a tour north and northeast of Madeira. The guide was amazing and updated us with information at every chance he had. The transport was modern and for an all-day outing around the island, I know on my next visit back to Madeira which company I will be using, I have to say a 10/10 For the tour guide he was great, 10/10 For the company itself for showing us your great island, and 10/10 For value for money, it’s left us with great views/memories.

11 April, 2016

David S

Couple Traveller

Just returned from Madeira (4th visit). The first time we used Happy Tours and they gave prompt and efficient service. We did North, South, and Nuns Valley. All their drivers were friendly and very informative. Using smaller vehicles they can access villages and beauty spots we had never visited before. Would use it again.

23 February, 2016
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