A comfortable coach will take you inland, passing through São Martinho to the Socorridos ravine. After a short drive along a winding road, we reach Eira do Serrado. This place offers spectacular views of the interior of Madeira. A short walk up to the viewpoint on Pico do Serrado (3,592ft/1,095 m), gives you an amazing view down onto the village of Curral das Freiras.
Curral das Freiras ('Nuns Valley') is a small village nestling between almost perpendicular mountains in the heart of the island. In 1566, the nuns from the Santa Clara convent fled from pirates attacking Funchal and found seclusion here, where they also brought the convent treasure.
Passing back through the outskirts of Funchal, we head to Monte – a village noted for its many fine gardens and a twin-towered church. The centrepiece of the church is a statue of Our Lady of Monte. Inside you will see the tomb of Charles I, last emperor of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, who died in exile in Madeira in 1922.
The highlight of your tour will be to embark on an exciting ten-minute wicker sleigh ride from Monte back to Livramento. Once upon a time, this was a well-established form of transportation in hilly Madeira! Your sleigh is pulled by two people and does not travel fast. Upon arrival in Funchal, there’s time to visit an Embroidery shop and sample some Madeira wine.