Magical Madeira

The Madeiran Archipelago is located in the North Atlantic Ocean, almost 600 miles off the coast of Morocco, enjoying a sub-tropical climate with warm waters and luscious forests and mountains.

Madeira is the largest island in the archipelago and the majority of people live either here, or on its smaller neighbouring island, Porto Santo. Although relatively small in size, Madeira is filled with magical possibilities. Teeming with life and colour: fresh flowers and fruit trees line the streets and the hills are covered in thick, green carpets of forest.

Our seven-night active family holiday is based in the island’s small capital, Funchal and from here you have access to spectacular landscapes and fantastic activities. Formed through volcanic eruptions and the shifting of tectonic plates, the landscape is filled with jagged peaks and beautiful blue seas. You’ll have the chance to venture through volcanic tunnels, traverse the land in jeeps and sail the seas via boat and kayak, as well as searching for whales and dolphins.

The island has a rich heritage of Portuguese and British influence, so the cultural traditions are diverse and exciting, with wonderful food and drink and beautiful architecture throughout. Wander through the old streets of Funchal and learn about the island’s history and heritage, as well as exploring one of the most colourful local markets we’ve seen!

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Bursting with marine life

The islands are surrounded by an ocean filled with marine life. The warm waters of the Atlantic wrap around the archipelago and these prime feeding grounds are home to a variety of whales, including humpback, sperm and pilot, as well as a host of dolphin species, including bottlenose (aka Flipper!) and Atlantic-spotted.

Within our active adventure, we’ve made sure to include a search for whales and dolphins in the waters of Madeira, so that your family has the best chance to see the wildlife up close and in their natural habitat. Seeing the dolphins glide through the waters, chasing your boat is a magical experience, but even better is the chance to snorkel with them in the ocean: it’s what memories are made of! If luck is on your side and the conditions are right, hopefully, you’ll get to experience the wonderful feeling of seeing these species in the wild.

Lucious landscapes and active adventures

Thanks to the mountainous terrain and wonderful coastline, Madeira is the perfect place to experience a range of adventure-filled activities.

The sub-tropical climate of the island means that the landscape is drenched in colour and warmth, with a temperate climate for most of the year. Emerald green forests, bright flowers and laden fruit trees lead on to tumbling rivers and deep blue seas. The jagged peaks, rolling hills and warm sea means that your family can spend their days trekking through the enchanting forests, exploring the mystical mountains via jeep and kayaking along the coves and beaches of this amazing island.

Search through volcanic caves, swim in the natural lava pools and walk through the magical forests of this wonderful island as you enjoy a fun-filled family adventure, bursting with excitement.

Get an expert opinion

Family holidays are so important so please get in touch and let our Travel Experts use their firsthand experience to help you make the right decision for your family. We’ve explored our destinations with our own families, we’ve slept in the accommodation, dined in the restaurants, rafted on the rivers, zip wired through the tree tops, played in the snow, marvelled at the Northern Lights… So please contact us if you have any questions.

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