Things to do in Caniço, Portugal

Our most recommended things to do in Caniço, Santa Cruz Municipality

From Funchal: Roundtrip Transfer to Pico do Arieiro Trail

1. From Funchal: Roundtrip Transfer to Pico do Arieiro Trail

Enjoy an affordable and flexible transfer to Pico do Arieiro to enjoy the famous hike all the way to Pico Ruivo. Trek up to the highest and second-highest mountains on Madeira at your own pace and enjoy pickup and drop-off at your accommodation. Instructions will be given by the host, regarding schedules and where you will pass by. The day before the hike, you will receive the exact pickup time and a weather forecast, in order for you to be as prepared as you can be. Get picked up at your accommodation in Funchal and dropped off at the entrance to Pico do Arieiro to begin your self-guided hike. Experience the most amazing natural scenery as you walk from mountain to mountain on the #1 hiking trail on Madeira Island. Once you're finished exploring, the end of the hike and pick-up location is at Achada do Teixeira, in the parking lot area. On the way back to your accommodation, pass through the city of Santana for close-up views of the traditional triangular homes and you will have a tasting and the end of the hike, produced by locals.

Sunrise Transfer To Pico Do Arieiro And Hike To Pico Ruivo

2. Sunrise Transfer To Pico Do Arieiro And Hike To Pico Ruivo

Explore Madeira Island's highest mountain on paths that are only accessible by foot with this guided hike from Pico Do Arieiro to Pico Ruivo. Enjoy a convenient transfer in an airconditioned minivan from Funchal or Canico to Pico Do Arieiro. Be picked up early in the morning from your accommodation in Funchal or Canico. Sit back and relax in a spacious minivan as you ride through the countryside to Pico Do Arieiro, the 3rd highest mountain on the Island. Hike to the top before sunrise and take in the myriad of colors that paint the sky. Take your time as you walk and set your own pace or join others in the group. It takes 4 and a half hours to complete the hike but it can take longer depending on the agility level of the group. Travel from Pico Do Arieiro to Pico Ruivo, the highest mountain on Madeira Island with 1862 meters of altitude.  Keep an eye out for vibrantly colored birds as you walk above the clouds. Pass thorugh tunnels and go up the famed Stairway to Heaven path. Continue on to Achada Do Teixeira where you can board the minivan for the ride back to your accommodation. 

Madeira: Nature & Wine 4x4 Tour from Funchal or Caniço

3. Madeira: Nature & Wine 4x4 Tour from Funchal or Caniço

From Funchal, head to Serra d'Agua, a valley at the center of the island. Afterward, take a nice off-road drive with fantastic views over Porto Moniz, Ribeira da Janela, Paul da Serra, and São Vicente. Then, have a fabulous experience with a very important wine producer in Madeira, enjoying a guided tour through the vineyards, followed by wine tasting. Enjoy a professional explanation about traditions, wine culture, and wine production given by an oenologist. Finally, move on to Cabo Girão, the highest cliff in Europe and second in the world at 589 meters, known for its suspended glass floor balcony that offers a spectacular panoramic view over the Atlantic, Câmara de Lobos, and Funchal.

Funchal/Caniço: Pico Do Arieiro & Pico Ruivo Hike Transfers

4. Funchal/Caniço: Pico Do Arieiro & Pico Ruivo Hike Transfers

Benefit from a morning transfer service from Funchal or Caniço to embark on your self-guided hike of Pico do Arieiro and Pico Ruivo. After pickup from your accommodation, drive to Pico Do Arieiro in the late morning where the hike starts. Your driver will provide a briefing with all the information needed about the route and the timings. You can walk on your own or join other people in the group. Walk from Pico Do Arieiro to Pico Ruivo, the highest mountain on Madeira Island with 1862 meters of altitude. You will have 4 and a half hours to complete the hike, which is plenty of time even for slow hikers. Admire breathtaking views along the trail and feel as if you are walking above the clouds. On the challenging path, you will find a few tunnel walks and the famous stairs to heaven. Finally, arrive at Achada Do Teixeira, the ending point of the hike. Your driver will be waiting there to bring you back to your accommodation.

Madeira: Half-Day Kayak and Snorkeling Tour

5. Madeira: Half-Day Kayak and Snorkeling Tour

Experience the best of the Underwater Nature Reserve of Garajau on this half-day snorkel and kayak tour. After a quick safety briefing and introduction to kayaking, head to the Lido Galomar beach complex, where your activity begins. Enjoy a relaxing kayak journey to a private beach that is only accessible by sea. Upon arrival at the beach, take some time to snorkel and swim in the crystal-clear waters of the park. Keep an eye out for the park's native sea animals. On the way back to the beach, kayak through some beautiful small caves before getting dropped off back at your hotel.

Pico do Arieiro: Private 4x4 Sunrise Trip with Hot Drinks

6. Pico do Arieiro: Private 4x4 Sunrise Trip with Hot Drinks

Watch the sunrise above the clouds on this private guided 4x4 trip starting with pickup from your accommodation in Funchal or Caniço. Travel through the mountains 1,818 meters high to Pico do Arieiro, Madeira Island’s third highest peak. Hop on a Land Rover 4x4 directly from your hotel and head toward Pico do Arieiro, one of the few mountain peaks on the island accessible by car. Make a toast with a hot cup of coffee in hand and plunge back under the clouds.  Admire the mountain’s lush vegetation, including heather, moss, and the impressive purple Echium candicans, known as the pride of Madeira. Continue your adventure off-road and immerse yourself in the nature of the island before returning for drop-off at your hotel. 

Madeira: 3-Hour Cabo Girao, Camara de Lobos 4x4 Tour

7. Madeira: 3-Hour Cabo Girao, Camara de Lobos 4x4 Tour

Discover the real Madeira countryside visiting Cabo Girão sea cliff, one of the highest in Europe. Explore the traditional hidden villages that site on the side of the coast. Buy souvenirs from the Camara de Lobos fishing village. Learn how the locals fish, inspired from a long history of fishing. This tour also visits Fontainhas, Boca dos Namorados and Estreito Camara de Lobos. Compare each village to the next, and see how culture transpires from one town to the next.  See the best that Protugal has to offer on this tour. Ride in comfort within a 4x4 wheel drive, with an open top. See the sights around and above you while driving. You can be comfortable with your family and meet new friends on this tour. Learn more about local fauna, flora, fruits, history, culture. This tour is ideal if you want a morning half-day tour. This tour generally runs between 3 and 4 hours.

From Fuchal: East Tour Madeira 4x4 Jipe Tour Santana Houses

8. From Fuchal: East Tour Madeira 4x4 Jipe Tour Santana Houses

Discover more of Madeira with a 4x4 excursion to the eastern part of the island. Travel from Funchal to see sights like Pico do Areeiro peak and Ponta de São Lourenço natural reserve. See how rum is made with a visit to a sugar cane factory. Be picked up from your hotel in Funchal and drive to the Pico do Areeiro to see the views from the third highest peak on the island. Continue to the charming Ribeiro Frio village. Take a leisurely walk to Balcões viewpoint in the lush heart of the Laurissilva forest. Jump back in the jeep and drive through São Roque do Faial parish, Cruzinhas viewpoint, and the mountain village of Lombo Galego. Take the off-road trail Cova da Roda. Pass through Pico das Pedras right in the middle of the Ponta de São Lourenço reserve. Head towards Santana, where you can go get lunch. Visit the Porto da Cruz sugarcane rum factory. Finish with panoramic views of the Atlantic at the reserve.

From Funchal or Caniço: Private Hiking Trip with a Local

9. From Funchal or Caniço: Private Hiking Trip with a Local

Discover the stunning natural landscape of Madeira on a private hiking trip with a local guide. Enjoy a customized tour to suit your preferences, whatever your physical fitness level. Whether you want to see waterfalls, forests, high mountains or sea cliffs, your local guide will suggest the perfect trip.   Start with pickup at your hotel or apartment, then listen to your guide's commentary as you drive to the start point of the hike. Walk through beautiful nature and experience the most magical places in Madeira. If possible you can finish with a cold or hot drink (not included), before being dropped off back at your hotel. In this experience i'm suggesting some of the most beautiful walking trails in Madeira Island. All the tours are scheduled in the less busiest day in each area to provide you a calm and relaxing experience out of the crowds. The schedule for the week will be the following: Monday: 25 Fountains and Risco levadas and waterfalls - Distance: 11km / Difficulty Level (1-5): 3 Tuesday: Larano coastal & forest trail - Distance: 11km / Difficulty Level (1-5): 4 Wednesday: Caldeirão Verde Levada - Distance: 13km / Difficulty Level (1-5): 2 Thursday: Fanal Ancient Forest - Distance 12km / Difficulty Level (1-5): 3 Friday: Levada do Rei - Distance 10km / Difficulty Level (1-5): 1 Saturday: Ponta São Lourenço - Distance 7km / Difficulty Level (1-5): 2 Sunday: We will suggest a different trail according to the group needs and physical conditions. You can search for these names to have a look at the sceneries before booking.

South & Sunset 4x4 Jipe tour - SOUTHWEST COAST MADEIRA

10. South & Sunset 4x4 Jipe tour - SOUTHWEST COAST MADEIRA

Embark on an unforgettable sunset trip to the south coast of Madeira starting with pickup at your accommodation in Funchal or Caniço. Stop at Ponta do Sol, Calheta, Jardim do Mar, and more. End with a mesmerizing sunset and time for dinner.  Start your discovery of the south coast of the island towards Ponta do Sol, where you’ll make your first stop. Then, head towards Calheta, famous for its sandy beach.  Stop at Jardim do Mar next and fall in love with the typical streets of this rustic village. Continue to Paúl do Mar and then to Ponta do Pargo.  Once in Ponta do Pargo, enjoy time for dinner (costs not included) and then have the opportunity to be dazzled by the best Atlantic sunset.

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What people are saying about Caniço, Portugal

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 207 reviews

The transfer is very well organized and also very practical if you don't have a rental car and don't want to go there and back for the hike. The details of the hike were explained to us in great detail, although 4.5 hours for the hike seems very long at first, but we would have liked to have had an hour more...

simply great! I didn't even know lokoloko Madeira. Been to Madeira several times for hiking. After a hiking tour was canceled I booked a kayak and snorkel tour. What a great experience. Thanks to lokoloko Madeira and especially to Hidde, who gave us great coaching. I experienced a whole new living space.

Amazingly good organized tour with a very careful and thoughtful driver! We very much enjoyed the hike with the people we met in our transfer and will certainly keep it in good memory.

Not well known but an amazing dimension of Madeira.

it was amazing. the driver was really good and kind