Madeira with Kids – Our “Sensational 7” Tips

"I'm soooo bored…" Not with us and certainly not on Madeira.

Welcome to paradise for families! Madeira has so much to offer that your time here will fly by. Whether it's sun, beach, or thrilling adventures – there's something for everyone. Here are our "Sensational 7" family adventures for an unforgettable holiday that will delight not only the little ones but also the big kids.

1. A Perfect Beach Day

Imagine spending a relaxing day at the beach: Madeira's beaches are very family-friendly. We recommend Calheta Beach, just an 8-minute drive from the Hideaway, or the magical black sand beach in Seixal. These beaches are perfect for splashing, building sandcastles, and soaking up the sun. Pack the beach bag we've already prepared for you and enjoy your time together by the sea. The kids will love playing in the warm sand and swimming in the crystal-clear water.

2. Anjos Waterfall

The magnificent Anjos Waterfall in Ponta do Sol is a real highlight. The waterfall flows directly into the sea, offering a spectacular backdrop. Kids, both big and small, love playing in the cool water and exploring the surroundings. It's the perfect spot for a refreshing adventure and great family photos! Please note that the road is now only open to residents, so park your car and take a short walk to the waterfall.

3. A hike in the enchanted Fairy Forest

The Laurisilva Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage site, offers numerous family-friendly hiking trails. Together, you can explore the mystical woods and discover rare plants and fascinating animals. It’s an unforgettable adventure for the whole family, where you can experience nature at its finest. Pack a backpack with snacks and drinks, and enjoy the fresh air and breathtaking scenery. Pro tip: Always bring a jacket as it can be cool and damp on the plateau.

4. Whale and Dolphin Watching

Take a family boat tour and observe majestic whales and playful dolphins in their natural habitat. There are many different tours from Calheta and Funchal that cater to families with children – an absolute highlight! The kids will be amazed when they see these fascinating marine animals up close.

5. Jardim Botânico da Madeira

The beautiful botanical garden is perfect for a relaxing family outing. First, take the cable car to Monte, where you'll enjoy a spectacular view over Funchal and the bay. With another cable car ride, you'll reach the Jardim Botânico, where the kids can explore nature while the parents enjoy the impressive floral displays. It’s a wonderful place for a leisurely afternoon, where you can admire the diversity of plant life together.

6. Basket Sled Ride from Monte to Funchal

A unique adventure awaits you with the traditional basket sled rides from Monte to Funchal. It’s a thrilling ride down to the city – full of excitement and fun for all ages. Your kids will love zooming down the winding paths and enjoying the adventure to the fullest.

7. A Pool Day at the Hideaway

Of course, we saved the best tip for last: a relaxing day at the pool at the Hideaway! Our pool offers the ultimate splash fun for the whole family. While the kids play in the water, the grown-ups can enjoy the sun or relax in the shade. Just let your soul unwind and enjoy the well-deserved break.

We hope these tips help make your family holiday on Madeira even more unforgettable. Madeira is an island full of adventures and discoveries – perfect for a vacation with children. We look forward to accompanying you on your adventure!