Thanks to the appealing climate and increasing range of year-round outdoor activities, Madeira has been expanding its appeal to families in recent years.
Roger Still, who lives on Madeira with his wife Lizzie and daughter Lara, says: “When we moved here 18 months ago, we weren’t sure how Lara would settle but we’ve all acclimated very quickly thanks to the huge range of activities available year round. Opportunities here for families are terrific.”
“Lara particularly enjoys the Saturday morning girl’s golf lessons held at the Palheiro Golf Course. They are very popular, with around 20 girls attending each week.”
The long coastline provides a range of water sports including surfing, fishing, sailing and snorkelling. Dolphin spotting boat trips are another great day out.
The lush interior has a winding network of levadas for walking explorations of the islands flora and fauna. Mountain biking is another popular activity.
The annual festivals are a highlight for families, particularly the fireworks displays on New Year’s Eve and during the Atlantic Festival in June.
During the Festival of the Flower in April, thousands of children gather to place a flower at the Municipal Square to make up the floral “Wall of Hope” (Muro da Esperana). This festival also offers classical concerts and live folk music.
A deer park, an ecological park, a farmyard zoo (Prazeres), the Story Centre and the Santana theme park with a mix of Madeiran history, tradition and culture, are sure to keep children of all ages entertained for hours.
For families interested in a longer stay, the two international schools the British School of Madeira and International School of Madeira compliment a range of state primary and secondary schools.
Palheiro Village, overlooking the capital city of Funchal, provides the prefect place to explore the delights of Madeira. Or, to take in the sweeping views of the ocean and relax at the pool bar while the children enjoy swimming in the Village Forum pool.
Both long and short stays are possible with villas and apartments available to rent or buy.
A family sized three-bedroom villa, with well designed indoor/outdoor flow to terraces overlooking the ocean, is available for €690,000.
Fully furnished villas are available to rent from €1,450 per week, providing the perfect family holiday for all ages.
For more information, please contact Palheiro Village on + 351 291 794 015 or visit: www.palheiroestate.com
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