Hi I'm off to stay in Canico and have 3 days sat-mon (6-9th Sept) to see and do.
Would like recommendations of things to do and places to eat in Canico too
Caniço is a small hilly village with not too much to do. ( presumably you mean 2018?) For popular tourist things (cable car, hoponhopoff buses, Island tours,sea trips, gardens, etc) you need to be in the City area. Funchal is easily accessable by bus/taxi and there is lots to do in and around Funchal
your Hotel should have a free bus into and out of Funchal, if you wish to use the public bus its around 2.20 euros. taxis would be 20.00-25.00 euros, for trips out check out Maderia Happy Tours they will pick up and drop off at your hotel for a small extra charge, if you are not staying in the village but are staying by the sea (Canico De Baixo) there are a number of resturants in the village who will collect you from and drop you back at your hotel, the hotel can arrange this for you, if eating in Canico De Baixo the one place you must try is Habeas Corpus as in this posters opinon they do the best steak on a stone on the whole island, if you could tell me which hotel you will be staying at i can help you further with directions etc.Edited: 02 October 2017, 22:21
If you take a bus to Funchal, there are lot's of things to do there. You could take a boat tour to see dolphins and whales, or go to one of the tropical gardens. Funchal also has lots of nice shops and cafes, so you can easily spend a day there, checking out the city.
We are currently at the four views oasis in canico and having a fantastic holiday. Hotel bus into Funchal was great we have done the yellow hop on and off bus with a trip to Cabo Girao the glass platform 580 metres above sea level.
We have taken a walk out each evening and Habeas Coppus was fantastic for steak on the stone. We have a catamaran trip planned for tomorrow. Only been here 4 days and planning our return trip already! I was worried the area wouldn't offer enough for us (couple in our 30's) but we love it.
It's always good to hear that visitors are enjoying the Island, especially first timers. Caniço is a nice area, close to the Rapida, but not for everyone. That is part of the attraction of Madeira, it caters for those who want to be away from the hustle and bustle of the City and surrounding locations as well as those who want to be in and around the busier areas.
You have had some great weather also, September is a good time to visit. The cat trips are fantastic, made even better if you see sealife, very likely with the hot sun, the resident dolphins tend to be more prolific, also sometimes turtles can be seen, enjoying sun on the top of the waves.