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.

Sao Lourenco

The sunset

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. Great views and some steep steps. You can swim in summer from one point.

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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. We think it was about 15km with great peaks. Leave early and enjoy the steps.

Ruivo

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.

Free

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

Beaches

Prainhas beach

Prainhas beach; a small cove with black sand and pebbles. Parking on the road in winter months.

Free

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

Seixal beach

A shallow but sandy cove with a swimming complex close by. Good for SUP.

Free

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

History

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.

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

Faial forte

An old forte with great views.

Free

Faial forte gives exceptional views over the Atlantic.

Farol lighthouse

Sign the book and walk up the steps. A bit difficult to see if you’re small though a good bit of exercise.

Free

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

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.

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

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.

Free

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

Water wheels

Open by donation. Watch how they used to power saws.

Free

Learn all about water wheels. DONATION

Gardens

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.

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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. We really loved it here and had a great time.

Free

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

Queimadas

Explore the park and forest at Queimadas. Parking is on the street nearby.

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Explore the park and forest at Queimadas.

Coastline

Porto Moniz natural pools

Porto Moniz natural pools.

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Porto Moniz natural pools.

Villages

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!

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Spend an afternoon in Machico exploring the town and beach.

Camara do Lobos

Town, village, walk. A disjointed little town on multiple levels but loads to do.

Free

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

Santana

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.

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Explore the village of Santana and its Palheiros houses.

Skywalk

Cabo Girao

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

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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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FREE things to do on Madeira Island (Portugal) with kids