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A picturesque coastal hideaway

Whether it’s pristine waters, panoramic views, verdant hills or rocky clifftops you’re after, the quiet coastal parish of Canico, in southeast Madeira, offers all this and more. With year-round sunshine, Canico holidays provide a chance to get away from it all, and to soak up a slice of Madeiran culture in a picturesque setting while you’re at it.

Holidays to Canico are all about embracing the great outdoors, whether that’s walking the town’s palm-lined seafront promenade – a brilliant spot to watch the sunrise – or settling down for the day on the Blue Flag pebble beach at Praia dos Reis Magos. If you want a more active adventure, the steep hills and ravines above the town are ideal for hikers, while Canico also boasts several diving centres and golf courses. The views from the clifftops are outstanding – looking out over the Atlantic Ocean is a surefire way to feel on top of the world.

Your Canico questions, answered

Canico is just over 12 kilometres east of Funchal in southeast Madeira and is ideally placed if you want to explore the rest of the island.
The coastal hotspot of Canico is celebrated for its freshly caught fish and seafood. Look out for local specialities including grilled limpets and black scabbard fish.
For panoramic views of the Madeiran coastline and the Atlantic, head to the striking Christo Rei statue, which stands 14 metres high, or take the Garajau cable car.

Best things to do in Canico

Play a round of golf

Canico has a couple of golf courses close by. Hit the range for 18 holes, and take in the views over Funchal Bay and the Atlantic while you’re at it.

Go offshore

The Garajau Nature Reserve can be found off the coastline of Canico – why not dive, kayak or snorkel your way to this protected marine park?

The Canico Onion Festival

Embrace local Madeiran tradition by celebrating Canico’s Onion Festival, which takes place each May. Expect a parade filled with colourful floats – and many, many onions.