FAMILY ADVENTURE GETAWAY TO MADEIRA

Regions

Madeira

Starting Point

Funchal

Best time to travel

All year

Recommended Length

4 - 5 days

Minimum Age*

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Activity Level **

3/5

Even if you only have limited time available, Madeira is definitely worth a visit. The small size of the island makes it easy to discover different aspects of Madeira over a few days while also enjoying some thrilling outdoor adventures and finding some time to relax. A great outdoor adventure to the island of eternal spring for the whole family.

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

✓ discover the highlights of Funchal on a unique TukTuk tour
✓ explore the lush green side of Madeira during a thrilling canyoning adventure along a mountain river
✓ free time to explore Funchal, Monte and the coast
✓ adventure tour to Madeira's West and the lava pools at Porto Moniz

 

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TOUR OVERVIEW

Day 1 - arrival - TukTuk tour Funchal - overnight in Funchal
Day 2 - Madeira adventure jeep tour including Bica da Cana, Porto Moniz lava pools and Chão da Ribeira - overnight in Funchal
Day 3 - free time to explore Monte, Funchal and / or Fajã dos Padres - overnight in Funchal
Day 4 - canyoning in the Ribeira das Cales Chão da Lagoa - overnight in Funchal
Day 5 - departure

 

DETAILED ITINERARY

DAY 1 - ARRIVE TO MADEIRA
Welcome to Funchal. After arrival and check-in at your hotel, a private TukTuk tour will take you around to discover some of the highlights of the old town of Funchal. Venture along the small alleys and admire the colourful doors painted by local artists in Santa Maria while making your way up to Monte overlooking Funchal. You will make your way down to Funchal on an adventurous Toboggan tour, where you will sled down the winding roads from Monte to Funchal in a traditional basket sled.
Overnight in Funchal.

DAY 2 – WEST OF MADEIRA ADVENTURE JEEP TOUR
Today you will discover some of Madeira’s beautiful natural highlights on an exciting Jeep safari tour. After following along the Southern coast from Funchal, you will make your way up the mountains to enjoy some fantastic panoramic views from Bica da Cana over some of Madeira’s highest mountains. You will have time in Porto Moniz to explore the natural lava pools before making your way back to Funchal, passing the stunning valley of Chão da Ribeira, known for it’s black sand beaches and natural pools, and São Vincente.
Overnight in Funchal.

DAY 3 – FREE DAY IN FUNCHAL
Take the day to relax and explore some of the beautiful hidden gems in Funchal. Board the cable car, taking you up to the beautiful Botanic gardens of Madeira, where you will be overwhelmed by the colours of over 2,500 exotic plants from all over the world while enjoying the panoramic views over Funchal and the Atlantic ocean. You can either take a return trip on the cable car or make your way down by foot.
Alternatively, consider another cable car journey down to the Fajã dos Padres, a small organic farm set on a private beach at the foot of Funchal, where you can relax at the beach, explore the farm and taste some of it’s delicious fresh fruits.
Overnight in Funchal.

DAY 4 – CANYONING AT RIBEIRA DAS CALES
With its lush green nature, beautiful deep valleys and rocky high mountains, Madeira is one of the best places for canyoning. Today you will explore the grand nature of Madeira in a different way as you will make your way from Chão da Lagoa in the Ecological Park of Funchal along a mountain river. Work your way down along the riverbed through different rappels and overcome the natural obstacle by walking, abseiling, climbing, sliding and jumping into the small lakes and waterfalls,
The rest of the day is free to spend around Funchal.
Overnight in Funchal.

DAY 5 – DEPARTURE
Transfer to the airport and departure.

 

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SERVICES INCLUDED

 

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- accommodation in good standard middle-class hotels, farm stays, guesthouses and self-catering
- activities, visits and tours as outlined, with a certified, English speaking guide where desired/required
- all taxes and insurances for the activities
- expert travel planning, trip preparation and 24/7 on-tour support

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TRAVEL TIPS

When to travel
The best time to travel Madeira is from April to October. During these months it is mostly dry with temperatures around 25 degrees. However during the summer Leste - a hot dry wind from the Sahara - can affect the island and might bring temperatures up, but rarely over 32 degrees. The rain period kicks in from November and is most prevalent throughout January and February with temperatures around 17 degrees. The Atlantic Ocean reaches a temperature between 18 degrees in the winter and 22 in the summer. Some activities such as canyoning for example is only possible during the winter months in some places as there won‘t be enough water or none at all during the warmer months. Hence adventurers should plan carefully what they are intending to do in Madeira and what the best time for it is to avoid disappointment.
How to travel
The easiest and quickest way to reach Madeira is by plane arriving into Madeira International Airport in Santa Cruz, about 20 minutes from the capital Funchal on the south coast of the island. Funchal is also a good base for exploring the island as distances to most sites and natural highlights are short and comfortable to reach. Funchal has a harbour as a starting point for boat trips around the island or whale and dolphin watching trips. Within Madeira you can choose between many different means of transport. There are plenty of private companies offering jeep safaris, tuk-tuk tours or even cable car rides. There is also a public bus services that connects the rural areas and caters most of the major tourist attractions. The most convenient way to get around and discover the remote places on your own is to hire a car. The taxi company “Bolt“ offers rides that are cheaper than the traditional taxi services and can easily be hired by an app through your smartphone.

Travelling with Children
Madeira is a great destination for families with children. Due to its variety of activities it has to offer, short travel distances and moderate temperatures, even younger children will enjoy the island. There are many hikes through Madeira‘s amazing nature that are suitable for children and where they can learn so much about nature and endemic species. Watching dolphins and whales in their natural habitat or camping in the wild are only two of the thrilling adventures that are enjoyed by the whole family. There are also several special interest museums such as the Volcanism Centre & Caves at São Vicente. It might not be the fun park-type of vacation, but definitely the best of both worlds to enjoy for adults and children alike.

What to bring
No matter if you are big into hiking or not, during your stay in Madeira you will eventually walk some of the paths through Madeira‘s forests or along rock formations. Therefore bring good hiking or walking equipment:
- hiking shoes/boots
- walking sticks (might come in handy on longer walks on uneven terrain)
- warm jacket for walking the mountains (frost and snow can occur during the winter); even in the sommer months temperatures drop with altitude
- rain gear (like on every small island weather can change quickly from sun to rain or vice versa)
- sun screen, sun cover/hat and shades
- swim gear
- snorkel gear (on most organised trips it is provided though)
Obviously don‘t forget your personal stuff and your camera/phone with extra storage as you will be taking lots of incredible photos!

 

For more practical travel advise and general information on visiting Madeira, please follow the link below.

 

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* The minimum age is based on the overall tour, some activities can require a higher minimum age, this will be advised at proposal stage. While not all activities are suitable for very small children, we are happy to tailor the tour to meet your specific wishes and needs.

**  The activity level is based on the amount of tours and activities included (1 - few tours and activities with a lot of free time, 5 - a lot of tours and activities with little free time). The activity level does not reflect the difficulty of the activities or tours included. Itineraries can be tailored to match the preferred level of activity.

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