Madeira is perfect for an action-packed family adventure.
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Madeira is perfect for an action-packed family adventure.

Madeira Active Family Adventure

Sitting out in the Atlantic, Madeira is a volcanic Portuguese Island with a dramatic landscape with lush forests and beautiful wildflowers. This family adventure holiday includes a host of activities that will take you across the island and out into the surrounding ocean too. You will swim in pools formed by volcanic lava, slide and jump down a canyon that cuts through the hillside, paddle along the coast on the lookout for dolphins and whales and pedal alongside a Levada - one of the many irrigation channels build to channel rainwater down the rocky landscape.

This trip is a 'small group' adventure so you will link up with some other like-minded families, to make new friends and share the fun of all the activities offered throughout the week. Some meals are included, with a traditional Madeiran meal on the first night, so that you can get to know the group a little. Then at the end of the week, there is a farewell dinner before you all return home. A couple of lunches are also included when you are out on full-day activities.

This whole trip is tailored to families and is suited to children aged 8 and over. You can expect a warm welcome in Madeira, especially from your guides and instructors, who will make sure the activities run smoothly and at a pace that suits the whole group. The week is not all action-packed though - there is also time to enjoy the hotel facilities and explore a little of Funchal too.

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When

This 7-night trip is offered on dates in July, August and October, fitting into UK school holidays.

Make a splash with some family-friendly canyoning.© LokoLoko

Make a splash with some family-friendly canyoning.

Stay

Your stay in Madeira will be based in the 4* Quinta da Penha de Franca. This traditional 'Quinta' ('country house') hotel is located close to the seafront and the centre of Funchal. 

Facilities:

  • Saltwater swimming pool
  • Games room with pool tables, cards and darts
  • Restaurant
  • Bar

Rooms have a balcony or terrace and garden view. You can also opt to upgrade to a sea view room or a room in the adjoining Quinta da Penha de Franca Mar, right by the sea.

Other hotel options include the Pestana Carlton and the Porto Mare.

Meals included: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

Look out for dolphins and whales - you may even get to snorkel with dolphins.© Visit Madeira

Look out for dolphins and whales - you may even get to snorkel with dolphins.

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Price

This 7-day family adventure in Madeira includes 7 nights' hotel accommodation, meals as detailed above, transfers (airport and activity), activities as detailed in the itinerary, fully qualified guides and instructors for activities. Prices start from £995 per adult and £795 per child based on 2 adults and 1 child sharing a room. Flights are not included but can be added on.

Jeeps are the perfect way to explore Madeira's impressive landscape.© Mountain Expeditions

Jeeps are the perfect way to explore Madeira's impressive landscape.

Itinerary

Here is an idea of the itinerary included with this trip:

Day 1: On arrival, you will be collected from the airport and taken to your chosen hotel in Funchal. This evening, meet your local guide and enjoy a traditional Madeiran meal at a nearby restaurant. 

Day 2: Hop into a jeep for an expedition into the mountainous terrain of the Eastern part of the island. There will be stops to take in the view, a picnic lunch in a laurel forest and then you'll head off on a walk, following one of the island's many Levadas (gently sloping irrigation channels).

Day 3: Today you are free to choose what you do. Perhaps enjoy the hotel's pool or take a dip in the sea; or enjoy some of Funchal's many attractions - for example, take the cablecar up to the botanical gardens, hop on a hair-raising wicker toboggan or explore the colourful market.

Day 4: Grab your sea legs and your swimming costumes for a day on the water. First, you will explore the coastline by kayak., with the chance to snorkel in the clear waters of the Garajau Nature Reserve. Then, later in the day, a RIB will take you out in search of dolphins and whales. Often dolphins will swim alongside the boat, and if so, you may be able to get in and snorkel with them (this does depend on weather conditions. Max. 6 people in the sea at one time).

Day 5: You have a morning free today before being collected from the hotel and kitted out in wet suits and shoes, for an afternoon of canyoning. Your expert guide will lead you down the canyon at the group's pace, with a series of easy slides, pool jumps and rappels (a bit like abseiling). This is a fun way to explore the island's amazing rocky scenery. The min. height for canyoning is 140cm.

Day 6: Today there is another Jeep Expedition, this time to the north of the island. Heading into the mountains, you'll visit the Volcanism Centre and explore volcanic caves and tunnels. Then, after a stop for lunch, you're off to Seixal, where natural lava pools make a unique swimming opportunity, in crystal-clear saltwater.

Day 7: The last activity of the week is mountain biking.  Once kitted out with bikes and helmets, you'll take a family-friendly trail, following another wide, gentle Levada; cycling past impressive trees and colourful flora. You then have the afternoon free before joining your guide for a farewell meal in a local restaurant close to your hotel.

Day 8: After breakfast at the hotel, you will be taken back to the airport for your flight home.

Please note: All these activities are included but the days they run may change. The confirmed itinerary for your trip will be issued on arrival in Madeira.

This trip is suitable for children 8 years and older (though canyoning is only suitable for children at least 140cm tall). Younger children can join the holiday but may not be able to participate in all activities.