Holidays to Canical
One of the oldest villages on the island of Madeira, Canical is a laid back destination that is known for its pretty harbour and its local fishermen. Set against the rugged eastern shores of the island, it spreads towards the deep blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean, with a coastline that stretches across rocky headlands, soaring cliff sides, and private sandy bays where you can discover your own space beside the sea.
Canical’s local lifestyle is largely unspoiled by tourism, and so its gives its visitors the chance to experience some authentic culture, served up with a side of history, nature and lashings of peace and quiet.
Most come to this beautiful village to divert away from Madeira’s beaten tourist trail, and settle into a friendly, local destination. Around the village’s harbour you can watch the fishermen return with their daily catch, which you can later sample in one of the local restaurants for dinner, which specialise in tasty, fresh seafood.
Along the village’s coast you will find some rocky headlands and craggy shores, but around a ten minute drive from the centre is its beautiful sandy beach. If you would rather not venture that far you can head to the village’s public outdoor swimming pools, which are set under the sun and filled with sea water. The pools are placed near a terrace where you can enjoy a drink and a snack as you take in views across the Atlantic.
What to do in Canical
- Canical’s infectious laid back atmosphere makes it the ideal destination for romantic breaks, as couples can spend their time exploring the countryside, taking wandering strolls along the coast, or cosying up for a candlelit meal at a local restaurant.
- Families looking to relax will find the perfect setting in this village, with plenty of natural landscape to adventure across, and lashings of local culture to soak up.
- Adventurous groups will discover the ideal playground surrounding Canical, with a huge stretch of soaring mountains, deep green valleys and untouched coastline sprinkled with hiking trails and stunning natural viewpoints.
Why you’ll enjoy Canical
Holidays in Canical are the perfect option for anyone who wants to escape the busy, tourist filled resorts of Madeira, and instead head to a local destination, which still offers the chance to experience life as the locals do. Its position amidst the island’s famed lush countryside also makes it the ideal destination for adventurers and active travellers, who want to explore the natural sights and delve across the striking local landscapes of beaches, cliff sides, hills and valleys.
Those looking for hot sunshine on their Canical holidays should visit from June to September for the hottest days, although the rest of the year is still fairly mild. Late September also plays host to the colourful local festival.