LEISURE/ENTERTAINMENT
 
 
Park of Santana:   
   This is an educational park intended for all ages.  Its principal topics are the history, culture and traditions of Madeira. You will find a simulator which deals with the discoveries of the island, a levada walk, a model of the train of Monte,to take you from one attraction to another. There is also a tractor cart drawn by cows and a lake on which you will be able to sail with counterparts of small fishing boats Also available are activities like a slide, bungee-jumping, climbing etc... 
Open every day from 10am. till 7pm. (except the 25th. of December).
 

 

Aquapark
    This is one of the island's latest attractions. Located in Santa Cruz  there is space for more than a 1000 people. There are five toboggans, two swimming pools, a small river, a bar and cloakrooms.
Surfing: 
    Madeira has rather good spots.  Mentioned in several sporting reviews for the excellence of the waves.  Those who love this sport will know that due to its situation, Madeira is ideally placed for the "swells" of the North Atlantic. Surfer will be able to perform  "point breaks"and "reef breaks". The low season (June-September) is the best time to come for surfing.
Horse riding:
    For more information go to the “Associação Hípica da Madeira na Quinta Vila Alpires - Caminho dos Pretos – Funchal”, open from Tuesday to Sunday.
  
Tennis and Squash:
All the hotels have their tennis courts
Only certain hotels provide squash facilitiesQuinta Magnólia, Hôtel Baía Azul, Hôtel Alto Lido, Hôtel Tivoli Ocean Park, Hôtel Eden Mar, Hôtel Panorâmico, Club Naval do Funchal, Madeira Regency Palace, Madeira Regency Club, Galomar e Onda Vital.
 
Golf:
  There are 3 golf courses on the archipelago:  1 in Porto Santo and 2 others in Madeira.  "Palheiro Golf" is an 18 hole course developed by Cabell Robinson.  The "Santo da Serra" golf club (one of the best in Europe) has 27 holes designed by Robert Trent Jones.  This course hosts the Madeira Open each year.  The Porto Santo court has 9 holes and a 9 hole pitch and put.  It consists of a Club House, Putting Green and Driving Rang.  It was conceived by Severiano Ballestero, the former Spanish world champion ”.

 

Diving:
    There are some diving clubs but they are expensive.

Sport fishing:

 

Madeira is famous for this as is proven by several world records.  You can fish for tuna, scabbard, merou, barracudas etc. Boats are to be found at the marina of funchal. Don't forget your rod!
 

 

Helicopter and balloon:
    It is nice to see Madeira from above.  For the helicopter trip make your way to the small typical Santana house in the port of Funchal.  Make your selection from the various flights available. Be aware however that a minimum of 4 people is necessary for a flight. You can't miss the balloon, at the marina of Funchal. A flight in the balloon provide a breathtaking view of Funchal bay.
 
Boat trips:
    There are several agencies in the port of Funchal which offer you some small excursions.  Notice the Santa Maria, a replica of Christopher Colombus' ship.

Aquarium of Porto Moniz : New

 
SO SPORTING FRIENDS, IF YOU LIKE ADVENTURE, YOU WILL LOVE MADEIRA. 
CANYONING, HANG-GLIDING, CLIMBING,  TREKKING, SKY SURFING..
 

So why aren't you on the plane????????

 
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