We have just returned from a ten day stay at the Hotel Oasis Atlantic in Canico de Baixo and are very happy to report that it is a lovely place to stay. The rooms are very large and well furnished and all have a mini bar size fridge which is perfect for keeping drinks and sandwich fillers etc. The décor is slightly dated but it had absolutely no bearing on the cleanliness, the friendliness of the staff and the beautiful location.
If you drive yourself from the airport, leave the highway at exit 16. Turn left at the junction and follow the road towards the sea. The hotel is signposted so it’s very easy to find. It is located in a very quiet resort but that only serves to ensure that you get a good night’s sleep and come home totally relaxed. We had a hire car and always managed to get parked either in the hotel’s car park or on the road outside.
We were on a B&B basis and the choice of breakfast foods was huge. They cater for all nationalities but if you wanted a cooked breakfast then everything was available – including baked beans! All the cold cuts, cheeses, breads, cereals, yoghurts were also available daily and loads of fresh fruit.
Beaches: Madeira only has one natural black sand beach & it is no distance from Canico. It is up the east coast in Prainha. The free car park is on the road & it is then a steep walk down but there is a well set out paved path. The beach is in a lovely natural cove and has a café which also provides sunbeds & parasols. The yellow sand, man made beach is located at Calheta which is along the west coast. At this beach you also pay for parking which works out to about 5 euros for 5 hours and the cost of the beds/parasols is slightly more expensive than Prainha.
To drive into Funchal old town, leave the highway at exit 12 for Campo da Barca. Follow the signs all the way to the seafront and then turn left at the roundabout. If you get into the left hand lane, you will find your way into a multi-storey car park right beside the Madeira Story [which is very well worth a visit] and the edge of the old town.
Other recommendations: Porto Moniz to spend a lovely day in and around the natural volcanic rock pools complex. A small Sunday market at Santo de Serra – a nice little town with a lovely small church. The town of Canico a couple of miles up the road from the hotel & a lovely restaurant on the corner of the church square. We would recommend the scabbard fish with bananas and the limpets if you like fish & seafood.
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