The Veu da Noiva waterfall viewpoint is an incredible spot on the north coast of Madeira in between Seixal and São Vicente. You can’t miss this place when you’re exploring Madeira’s rugged north west coast. This beautiful waterfall, known as the Bride Veil, runs down the mountain and flows straight into the Atlantic Ocean. The viewing platform is very easy to reach from the road and is even wheelchair friendly. You can easily combine the Veu da Noiva waterfall viewpoint with a visit to Seixal beach and the Seixal Natural Pools. In this complete guide you will find all the information you need before visiting the Veu da Noiva waterfall viewpoint. The best time to visit Veu da Noiva waterfall viewpoint and more!
How to get to Veu da Noiva waterfall viewpoint
The Veu da Noiva waterfall viewpoint is located along the road and easy to reach with the car. It’s a 40 km drive from Funchal and you can easily combine the waterfall viewpoint with a visit to Seixal Beach, the Seixal Natural Pools or Porto Moniz. There is a parking lot for a few cars with a tourist shop next to it. The accessibility to the viewpoint is even wheelchair friendly with a ramp to the viewing platform.
Best time to visit Veu da Noiva waterfall viewpoint
The viewpoint is open 24 hours and there is no entrance fee asked just like many other (nature) tourist attractions in Madeira. Because the viewing platform is facing north east, you can see a wonderful sunrise here. During the morning and early midday the sun shines directly on the cliffs lighting up the waterfall. In the late midday and evening, the sun disappears behind the mountain which makes the cliff corner where the waterfall is located a bit dark. So for photos the best time to go the Veu da Noiva waterfall viewpoint is around sunrise or right after. Later in the morning the light is a bit harder and shines from the side onto the waterfall which makes it a bit more difficult to capture the waterfall in its glory.
In terms of the best season to go to the waterfall it depends on the rainfall. After rainy season there is more chance of seeing the waterfall in full glory with a powerful stream. But after the summer season with less rainfall, the waterfall might be a bit underwhelming in power. Nevertheless, there will always be some water flowing down no matter the season.
What to expect at Veu da Noiva waterfall viewpoint
The Veu da Noiva waterfall viewpoint has a beautiful viewing platform from where you can see the impressive waterfall flowing down into the Atlantic Ocean. The waterfall is called Bride Veil because of its form as a white veil that brides traditionally wear during a marriage ceremony. The Bridal Veil has a height of about 30 meters and flows gently down the mountain into the ocean. The impressive coastline with the beautiful waterfall is an incredible sight and totally worth the stop in you’re exploring the Seixal area.
You will see a pile of gravel below the waterfall which are the remains of a landslide which happend in 2008. Unfortunately this nature disaster caused a lot of damage to the cliff side path which is closed now. Originally this path was leading towards the waterfall from where you could admire it from closeby. But now the path is closed, the only and safest way to view the Bride Veil waterfall is from the Veu da Noiva waterfall viewpoint. Next to the platform of the viewpoint is a small garden with a few beautiful flowers and plants which are particularly in bloom during spring. Next to the parking lot you will see a tourist shop with souvenirs and other fun things.
Other things to do near Veu da Noiva waterfall viewpoint
Seixal Natural Swimming Pools
The Seixal Natural swimming pools are well worth a visit and just like Seixal Beach a great place to watch the sunrise. This collection of natural lava rock pools is a great spot to hang out for a few hours. You can explore many things here such as the caves, rock arches and different natural pools. Bring your swimwear and enjoy this beautiful nature phenomenon! On a calm day the water inside the pools is perfectly still creating a beautiful reflection of the clouds, if there are any in the sky. These are the safest circumstances for swimming as there won’t be any waves crashing over the pool. But be aware on windy days with bigger waves. A dangerous situation might occur when the waves crash over the edge of the natural pools.
Read everything about the Seixal Natural Pools in this complete guide
Another beautiful location to visit close to the Veu da Noiva waterfall viewpoint is Seixal Beach. You can see the beach from the viewing platform if you look to your left. Seixal Beach is one of the best beaches in Madeira and has an impressive backdrop with towering lush green cliffs that drop straight into the ocean. The black sand beach is a fun place to hang out for a day. You can even learn surfing on the waves here or just enjoy the sunshine and beautiful view. In the far distance you can see the Bride Veil waterfall flowing into the ocean.
Read more about Seixal Beach in this complete guide
Best Madeira island tours
If you want to explore the best of Madeira with a guide then here some great tours I recommend. During these tours you will pass by some of the best viewpoints which I share in this complete guide. All of these tours include transport with hotel pick up and drop off, certified guides and sometimes the entrance fees if applicable. You can reserve now and pay later, with cancellation up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund.
- Customized 6 hour Madeira tour. On this six-hour tour you can choose the different areas you want to visit on Madeira island. Pick the landmarks and iconic places to make your own itinerary with the help of your local guide/driver.
- West Madeira private tour. Starting in the fishing town of Câmara de Lobos you will drive via Cabo Girao, the highest cape in Europe, to the beautiful view of Serra d’Agua valley. From there you will head to São Vicente to explore the Laurisilva forest. Continuing north, you will visit Porto Moniz, known for its natural lava pools where you can swim. As last stop you will visit the famous rocks at Ribeira da Janela.
- East Madeira tour. Visit Pico do Arieiro viewpoint, make pictures at the Santana houses and the beautiful viewpoints at Porto da Cruz to finish the day at the impressive volcanic landscape of Ponta de São Lourenço.
- Canyoning adventure with transfer from Funchal. Get the thrill of canyoneering and explore Madeira’s untouched nature. follow a river as you walk, rappel, slide and jump through hidden waterfalls with streams that cross endemic forests. A super fun and adventurous day!
- Ponta de São Lourenço hike with pick up in Funchal. Explore the most eastern tail of Madeira island with its unique volcanic rock formations to understand how the island was created.
- Funchal 48-hour hop-on hop off bus tour. Explore the lush landscape of Madeira and the sights of Funchal at your own pace with a 2 or 5 day ticket for the hop-on, hop-off bus.
- Tuk-Tuk tour to Monte Tropical Garden with Toboggan ride from Funchal. Explore Funchal Old Town with a Tuk Tuk before making your way to the mountains to the stunning Monte Tropical Garden. There you will explore over 70,000 square meters of exotic plants. At the end of the tour you will enjoy the thrilling ride down the hill with a Toboggan ride.
- Funchal Old Town walking tour. Learn about the history of Funchal and Madeira on a guided walk through the city’s medieval center. Visit the farmer’s market, the Campo Almirante Reis. The Fortress of St. James, and a number of other sites as your guide provides commentary.
- Dolphin & Whale watching Luxury Catamaran Cruise from Funchal. Enjoy the views of Funchal from a luxury catamaran. Look out for whales and dolphins in their natural habitat as your relax on board and explore the underwater world with a snorkel.
- Scuba diving Madeira. Explore the underwater world of Madeira island. A theory lesson and practice in swimming pool is included. This before you will dive about 12 meters for 45 meters in the Atlantic Ocean.
- Sunset tour from Funchal by Catamaran. Watch the sunset off the coast of Madeira on a 3-hour evening catamaran cruise from Funchal and spot dolphins (guaranteed, or you get a 2nd trip for free).
General travel must haves for Madeira
Have you thought about how to get around in Madeira? A car is the easiest way to drive around the island.
- Book your rental car here and compare the providers to get the best deal.
- Book your scooter or motorbike here to get around in Madeira. Most of the scooters you can drive with driving license (A1/A2/A) from 18 years old, or from 25 years old with a car (B) license. The motorbikes have a minimum age of 20 or 21 with A (moto) license.
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