Free things to do with kids on Madeira Island

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.

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

Sao Lourenco:

A medium difficulty walk of around 9km but can be made shorter.

Free

Sao Lourenco. A medium difficulty walk of around 9km but can be made shorter.

Pico Aeerio to Pico Ruivo:

A challenging and gruelling hike that will certainly test you.

Ruivo

Achada do teixera

A pretty simple but stunning walk that leads to Pico Ruivo.

Free

Achada do teixera is a simple walk of 5.5km return.

Beaches

Prainhas beach

Free

Prainhas beach; a small cove with black sand and pebbles.

Seixal beach

Free

Seixal; A shallow but sandy cove with a swimming complex close by.

History

Blandy’s wine lodge

€4 for adults, free for kids.

Free

A trip to Blandy’s wine lodge to learn how wine is made. €4 for adults, free for kids.

Faial forte

Free

Faial forte gives exceptional views over the Atlantic. 

Farol lighthouse

Free

Farol lighthouse is a short visit of 15 minutes near Sao Jorge ruins. 

Funchal’s old town

Free

Funchal’s old town is bright and lively. See how many painted doors you can spot! 

Sao Jorge ruins

Free

At the Sao Jorge ruins there’s a beach, a natural pool, the ruins and even a few hikes. 

Water wheels

Free

Learn all about water wheels. DONATION

Gardens

The botanical gardens

€10 per family

Free

The botanical gardens are not as good as the tropical palace gardens but they’re cheap and kids can still have fun. €10 per family

Monte Palace Tropical Gardens

Adults pay €9 but kids are free

Free

Monte Palace Tropical Gardens is an exceptional space for kids to explore. 

Queimadas

free

Explore the park and forest at Queimadas. 

Coastline

Porto Moniz natural pools

Free

Porto Moniz natural pools.

Villages

Machico village and beach

free

Spend an afternoon in Machico exploring the town and beach. 

Camara do Lobos

Town, village, walk.

Free

Camara do Lobos is a small fishing village with bright boats and a short cliff walk. 

Santana

The village.

free

Explore the village of Santana and its Palheiros houses.

Skywalk

Cabo Girao

free

Cabo Girao is Europe’s highest cliff face skywalk. Get there early though to avoid the masses. 

Cable cars

Santana Cable Car

€5 per family

Free

The cable car at Santana.

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