6 things to do with the family in Madeira

21 March 2017

With mild, sunny weather, exciting black sand beaches, festivals and wildlife, Madeira is a great destination to visit with your family. There’s plenty to keep the kids occupied and enjoying their holiday, and here are 5 of our favourite things to do with the kids in Madeira!


Build black sandcastles

Head to Praia de Seixal, near Seixal Port (Porto de Seixal), a stunning black sand beach with spectacular views over Madeira’s north coast. Laze on the beach whilst the kids splash about in the sea and build black sandcastles, something they may never had done before!


Take a cable car ride


Head up to to the old part of Funchal and take an unforgettable journey to Monte taking in panoramic views of Funchal's bay and valleys. Whilst in Monte, explore the magnificent Monte Palace Tropical Gardens. History buffs will also appreciate a visit to the Church of Our Lady of Monte, where the tomb of the last Austro-Hungarian Emperor Charles I lays.


Spot dolphins and whales

Explore Madeira from the water and admire the stunning coastline on a boat trip in the Madeira Archipelago. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for dolphins and whales diving through the water beside your boat! You can enjoy spend part of your day relaxing on a beach in the middle of the ocean.


Watch the Festa da Flor

Madeira, known as The Island of Flowers, hosts a dazzling Flower Festival (Festa da Flor) in spring when the flowers are their best and it’s a delightful sight. Expect float parades, live music and pageants all inspired by flowers! At the ‘Largo do Colégio’ (Colégio Square) you’ll find the so-called ‘Wall of Hope’ – a wall where children can place their own flowers with the objective of building a big flower wall symbolising the hope for a better and more peaceful world.


Toboggan ride

In Madeira you will find a very special form of transport, the “Monte sledge” made of basketwork. Take a cable car from Funchal up to Monte, where you can admire the palace and its gardens then clamber into a wicker basket and let the straw-hatted toboggan drivers, or carreiros, guide your hair-raising descent down the narrow streets back to Livramento! It’s an unmissable experience.


Visit Madeira Aquarium

Head to the village of Porto Moniz where you can discover more than 70 different species of Madeira’s marine wildlife at The Madeira Aquarium. Those who are feeling brave can dive amongst fish and even a shark at the Aquarium! Afterwards, take some time out and visit Porto Moniz’s Promenade and the world famous Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools.


To find out more about Madeira and to book your next family holiday, contact your Travel Counsellor today.

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