Looking for a discount card for your Madeira trip? There is one card we have used, loved, and always recommend to others:
Discount Card: Madeira Now
This is the card I got before my great 5-weeks long Madeira adventure. I am sure that it helped me save probably around EUR 100 on food alone. BUT – I wasn’t a typical tourist – I have not rented any vehicles and I have not purchased even one organized tour. If I did, and If I did not travel solo, I would have saved much, much more…
I have frequently eaten out, sometimes even twice a day and I frequently invited others. Whenever I could, I was choosing places accepting the Madeira Now card. This is an example of savings you can get on just one lunch for two:
Taking into consideration the fact that the Madeira Now card costs only 9-12 euro including postage (Portugal– €9; UK/Europe – €10; other countries– €12) the card can pay itself off even in one day. The card is valid for one year.
Sometimes special deals are available and just like me, you can get it even cheaper. Follow Madeira Now on FB to not miss it.
Discount Card: Funchal Card [suspended]
Some of you probably came across a tourist discount card called Funchal Card. Funchal Card is, unfortunately, no longer an option and as I heard from its publishers, it is not certain if it will ever be available again.
Discount Card: Cultural Passport – exploring Madeira
Cultural passport costs 3 euro and is for sale at [these points]. As confirmed by the organizers in June 2019, Cultural passport was still valid in 2019 and the price was still 3 euro.
However, during my entire 5-week stay on Madeira, I have not encountered the logo/banner in any establishment, nor I have seen anyone using it. I am therefore not able to confirm how well it works or recommend this card personally. This is not the case with Madeira Now – that card is clearly present in multiple places and I have never had any situation with restaurants declining a discount.
The only thing I can say is that the idea is nice: Cultural passport looks like, well, a pretty souvenir passport and is designed for all tourists, as well as residents who want to explore the island from a different perspective. Everyone can collect stamps from various interesting and important places in Madeira, and additionally, some of them offer very good discounts. All partner places have a stamp with a specially designed logo, and these stamps can be collected as a souvenir.
On the official website, we find the entire list of places where we can get our commemorative stamp. The partners of the campaign are shops, museums, bathing complexes, tour operators, cultural institutions and parks. However, as I said, I don’t think it is a popular card and personally I doubt I would purchase it.
Discount App: The Fork
Madeira Now works, and works well. I got it, I tried it, I recommend it.
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