Caniço holidays

Caniço holidays

Caniço hoildays are all about laid-back beach days, village strolls and epic water sports. A peaceful coastal hideaway on the south coast of Madeira, Caniço is a traditional town with green hills, rugged clifftops, a pretty square, and year-round sun. Enjoy lazy days on the pebble beaches, surfing the waves or diving for marine life. In the town, relax with a wine and fresh seafood in the genteel bars, climb the rocky landscapes for panoramic views, or practice your swing on the verdant golf courses.

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Map of Caniço

6-23 ℃

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3 hours 50 minutes

Fly to Madeira Airport (FNC)

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Nature lovers: From vast promenades and pebble beaches to steep cliffs and luscious gardens, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the outdoors in Caniço. Explore the walking trails along the levadas – Madeira's unique irrigation system – to take in the countryside's greenery against a backdrop of breathtaking ocean views.

Adventurers: Whether you're into golf, cycling, hiking or diving, there are various activities on offer in Caniço. The town is best known for its diving excursions, where you can get up close with rays, groupers and other native sea life. Looking to explore Madeira off-the-beaten-track? Climb, hike or cycle through the rugged landscape surrounding Caniço.

Culture enthusiasts: Located just a 15-minute drive from the capital, Funchal, Caniço is the perfect base for sightseeing. In Caniço itself, one of the highlights is the Miradouro Cristo Rei do Garajau, Madeira's statue of Christ. You'll also find Madeira's second-largest church – Igreja de São Salvador – and the Quinta da Boa Vista stately home a short drive away.  

Fast facts for Caniço

Language: Portuguese is the official language of Madeira.

Currency: The Euro (EUR) is used throughout Madeira.

Local time: There is no time difference between Caniço and GMT/UK time.

Fly to: You will fly to Madeira Airport (FNC), also known as Funchal Airport.

Flight time from UK: Approximately 3 hours 50 minutes. 

Tourist Information: Further tourist information can be found at the official website for tourism in Madeira.

Visa and health: Before you travel, check the latest advice from The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office.

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Getting around Caniço

By bus: Regular bus services run between Funchal and Caniço if you're travelling around the island or looking to visit for a day.

By rental car: One of the best ways to get around Caniço and see the surrounding areas at your own pace is by hiring a car for your trip. Although the roads can be narrow and windy, they are generally quiet, and the ocean views make it worthwhile.

By taxi: If you'd prefer not to drive during your trip, you can easily take taxis to and from Caniço.

Events in Caniço

Nossa Senhora do Monte Festival: This is one of Madeira's most significant religious and cultural festivals, dedicated to the island's patron saint. It takes place over two days in August, with celebrations happening in most towns and cities. Expect brightly coloured garlands adorning the streets, dancing, music, and food and drink vendors serving local delicacies like espetas (traditional beef skewers) and bolo do caco, a Madeiran flatbread made with sweet potato.

Caniço Gastronomic Festival: Caniço hosts a week-long food and drink festival every August, showcasing the region's flavours. The festival is hosted in partnership with local bars and restaurants so visitors can sample their cuisine and watch performances by local musicians. 

Caniço safety and security

For up-to-date advice on travelling to Caniço and throughout Madeira, please visit the FCDO website.

Caniço weather

Temperature: 16-28 (°C)

Temperature: Caniço's weather is warm and mostly dry all year round. August is the hottest month, with average temperatures of 28˚C and no rain. January and February are the coolest months, with average temperatures of 20˚C and around eight days of rain.  

Best time to visit: The best time to visit Caniço is between June and October to enjoy the warm, sunny weather. If you're planning an active holiday involving hiking, cycling or climbing, consider visiting outside the high season – from October to April – when it's cooler. 

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