: Funchal, Madeira
: Santa Cruz
: Various local bars/cafes
: Santo da Serra
A considerable amount of investment has recently been made in the sea-front areas in Machico (15 mins by car), Santa Cruz (7 mins by car), Canical (20 mins by car) and Canico de Baixo (10 mins by car). All provide excellent swimming and sea front facilities for holiday makers; throughout the winter, the sea temperatures (18-22 degrees) are often 2-4 degrees higher than the air temperature. Costs for refreshments and lunch at these centres, are very reasonable by European standards, even in Funchal a lunch (dish of the day and pudding with a glass of wine and a coffee) can be had for €5.50. A 30 minute coast walk can be enjoyed at Santa Cruz where there is also an impressive modern aquaparque near Sao Pedro.
If you enjoy walking, you will be spellbound by the unique experience of the famous Levada walks, a number of which can be found in the area. There are excellent walking alternatives on this enchanting island - most are accompanied by a vital element; water, and an ancient Forest which has survived from the tertiary era; the Laurissilva Forest (UNESCO World Heritage site). These factors make walking on Madeira island totally unique and the hillsides in this locality are an excellent place to start.