Madeira Family Adventure
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Madeira Family Adventure
The island of eternal spring in the middle of the Atlantic enchants visitors with its high mountains and a long rugged coastline on volcanic rock. Thanks to its relatively small size, Madeira is easy to travel and makes it the perfect destination to enjoy the right combination of outdoor adventure, time to relax and family fun. From snorkeling and swimming with dolphins, exciting mountain walks and thrilling canyoning adventures in Madeira's wild hinterland, our family adventure holiday to Madeira is full of fun and exciting family adventures in stunning scenery and has something to offer for the whole family.
✓ 7 nts accommodation in family-friendly accommodation in the heart of Funchal
✓ car hire for the whole trip
✓ the highlights of Funchal including cable car ride and palace gardens
✓ explore Madeira's impressive mountains on hiking and canyoning tours
✓ once-in-a-lifetime swimming with dolphins adventure
At a Glance
Day 1 - arrival and overnight in Funchal
Day 2 - explore Funchal and enjoy a cable car ride up to Monte
Day 3 - discover Northern Madeira, Porto Moniz and the lava pools
Day 4 - easy levada hiking tour and visit to Santana in Northern Madeira
Day 5 - canyoning adventure in Madeira's mountains
Day 6 - free day to relax in Funchal or explore Madeira's Southwest
Day 7 - swimming with dolphins family adventure
day 8 - departure
Mountain-based Outdoor Adventures - Levada Hiking and Canyoning
Madeira is famed for it's fabulous and abundant levada hikes taking you along the island's historic watering and drainage systems running from the high mountains to the sea. Enjoy Madeira's beautiful scenery while walking through dense ancient forests, along wide rugged coastlines or some of the spectacular mountain paths taking you along cliffs and fantastic viewpoints.
A lot of Madeira's wild hinterland is characterized by small rivers and currents, forming scenic canyons and gorges. Explore the ares hidden deep in Madeira's mountains and go where only the water goes on a thrilling canyoning adventure. Follow through the lush scenery by swimming, jumping, abseiling, climbing and walking along the riverbed.
Ocean-based Outdoor Adventure - Swimming with Dolphins
Meet the nosy sea mammals in their natural habitat as you embark on an exciting swimming with dolphins adventure around the coastline of Madeira. Dolphins are native to the waters around Madeira and can be met all year long. Join in the joyful play of the friendly marine residents as you caerefully approach the herd and enter the water.
Explore Madeira in your own time
Thanks to it's relatively small size, it is possible to explore wide parts of Madeira in a short time. Visit the charming fishing town of Porto Moniz in the Northwest of Madeira, famed for it's natural lava pools formed between the black rock and the Atlantic ocean. The Northwestern and Western coastline of Madeira is also famed for it's spectacular viewpoints and fantastic views over the ocean. The perfect location to enjoy one of the gorgeous sunsets over Madeira.
In the Northeast, you will find the small town of Santana with it's iconic traditional Madeira houses. Ponta de São Lourenço in the very East of Madeira is also a spectacular spot for hiking and other water adventures.
Time to relax and explore Funchal
Funchal has everything you expect from a modern capital. The cosmopolitan main city of Madeira awaits you with a buzzing atmosphere and vibrant life in it's many bars, cafes and restaurants. For explorations, take the cable car up to Monte and the Palace Gardens, from where you can descend in a spectacular way on a traditional wicker basket sledge.
To relax, the Fajã dos Padres awaits you just outside Funchal. Take the breath-taking cable car ride down the cliff to the small organic farm, where you can relax by the sea and enjoy the fresh produce from the farm.