Forget about tour groups, buses or driving on narrow windy roads. The best way to explore Madeira with a local is by motorbike and sidecar. My husband and I took a tour of the East side of the island with Filipe from Madeira Sidecar Tours and absolutely loved it.
The shiny black replica military bikes and their matching comfortable sidecars are new on the scene in Madeira and cause quite a stir when driving through towns and villages. Out on the old windy roads, which are largely empty now that the new highways and tunnels have helped the island's infrastructure, the views are spectacular and the sense of freedom and openness is wonderful.
And the fact that it's just you and the driver means you can customise the trip and get a truly personalised experience, making a friend into the bargain.