Holidays to Canico
Canico is a perfect place to stay if you're looking to explore the south coast of Madeira, with the capital city Funchal about a 15 minute bus ride away. Canico itself has a traditional old village area with a restaurant-lined square and an 18th Century church, while the newer Canico de Baixo is dominated by hotels and villas. It's great for those looking for a relaxing holiday, but the nightlife lies in nearby Funchal and Machico.
Praia de Garajau
Drive or take the cable car down to the ocean front of this pebble beach with a busy restaurant and spectacular cliffs.
Praia de Machico
A 20 minute drive away, this sandy beach has a diving centre, sports activities and a promenade filled with eateries.
Matriz do Canico Church
Commissioned in the late 18th Century, this Baroque-Rococo church contains paintings by Nicolau Ferreira.
Canico boasts ruins from a military fort on the cliff edge, as well as undated ruins just a short walk along the coast.
Madeira Whale Museum
With life-sized models of dolphins and whales and a 3D cinema, this museum shows the history of local whale hunting.
Spend a day in the great outdoors mountain biking, canoeing, abseiling or taking a boat tour with this company.
The eateries in Canico range from Italian to British, but many serve local favourites like barbecues and grilled fish.
For a wider range of international food options, head to the Lido area of Funchal, a 20 minute drive away.
Situated on a terrace above a hotel, this cocktail bar hosts live music and entertainment every night.
Bar Number Two
This European bar in Funchal has a traditional pub feel, serving ice cold beer with snacks including toasties.
London Gatwick to Funchal (Madeira)3hrs 35mins
Birmingham to Funchal (Madeira)3hrs 40mins
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