With plenty to see in the area, hire a car and make the most of your time here.
Once the centre of the whaling industry, Canical now has a very interesting whaling museum which is definitely worth a visit. There’s also a beautiful sandy beach which you should dedicate a few hours to.
If you visit in September, you will be able to witness the Festival of Our Lady of Mercy. Watch the beautifully decorated boats sail to the chapel Nossa Senhora da Piedade. Enjoy the lively atmosphere alongside the plentiful food and drink on offer.
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Visit the Ribeiro Frio Natural Park. In a steep valley surrounded by mountains, it is a beautiful area to spend some time walking along the nature paths and spotting the trout farm pools.
Journey to the extreme west of the island where you will find Ponta do Pargo. It's well-known for the Apple Festival held in September, as well as the stunning cliffs and the lighthouse that rests on top.
If you fancy a round or two of golf, then Palheiro Golf is a great place to head to. Take on the challenge of this 18 hole, 72 par course then why not relax after a hard day at the spa. Santa da Serra Golf is also only a short distance away by car, so soak up the mountainous backdrop whilst playing a game.
Drive further down the coast and you will reach Funchal. You could arrange a whale watching trip, or even swim with dolphins if you wish. There are beaches here too so if you simply want to soak up the sunshine and relax, there are plenty of places that will tempt you.