We all know that going on holiday can be expensive enough without adding in the cost of kids’ ‘attractions’ as well, so we’ve compiled a list of things to do on Madeira which are either free or very cheap.
- 1 Free things to do on Madeira with kids
- 2 Hikes to do with kids
- 3 Beaches
- 4 History
- 5 Gardens
- 6 Coastline
- 7 Villages
- 8 Skywalk
- 9 Cable cars
- 10 Pin this!
Free things to do on Madeira with kids
If you’d like more information on each attraction, click on the photo as it links to an entire blog post.
Hikes to do with kids
A medium difficulty walk of around 9km but can be made shorter. Great views and some steep steps. You can swim in summer from one point.
Pico Aeerio to Pico Ruivo:
A challenging and gruelling hike that will certainly test you. We think it was about 15km with great peaks. Leave early and enjoy the steps.
Achada do teixera
A pretty simple but stunning walk that leads to Pico Ruivo. This walk leaves from a car park and walks along the ridge connecting the mountains. Good for smaller kids too.
Prainhas beach; a small cove with black sand and pebbles. Parking on the road in winter months.
A shallow but sandy cove with a swimming complex close by. Good for SUP.
Blandy’s wine lodge
€4 for adults, free for kids. A trip to Blandy’s wine lodge to learn how wine is made. Free testings at the end made this very worthwhile.
An old forte with great views.
Sign the book and walk up the steps. A bit difficult to see if you’re small though a good bit of exercise.
Funchal’s old town
Funchal’s old town is bright and lively. See how many painted doors you can spot! There’s a small beach and you can rock hop too.
Sao Jorge ruins
These a bit difficult to find but such a great spot. A locals only type of place. A beach and in summer a swimming pool too. A couple of hikes leave from here.
Open by donation. Watch how they used to power saws.
The botanical gardens
€10 per family. The botanical gardens are not as good as the tropical palace gardens but they’re cheap and kids can still have fun.
Monte Palace Tropical Gardens
Adults pay €9 but kids are free. We really loved it here and had a great time.
Explore the park and forest at Queimadas. Parking is on the street nearby.
Porto Moniz natural pools
Porto Moniz natural pools.
Machico village and beach
Spend an afternoon in Machico exploring the town and beach. Many shops and old buildings to explore. The beach is modern though!
Camara do Lobos
Town, village, walk. A disjointed little town on multiple levels but loads to do.
See the village and walk around to see how many houses you can see. Tip: there’s quite a few not on the main tourist walk.
Cabo Girao is Europe’s highest cliff face skywalk. Get there early though to avoid the masses.
Santana Cable Car
€5 per family.
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