About 45 min. drive from the airport, 35mins to Funchal. Great location for the western side of the Island. Groceries nearby but a vehicle seems to be needed (although we didn't check the bus service). You will need a little courage to drive on the island as well as get down and up the steep driveway. But don't be too afraid, this rental is closest to the water. It gets excellent southern exposure and the pool is perfect for a dip to cool off. Obviously the climate is cooler in the winter (Feb) however, on the warmest day of 22C we were happy to jump in. The unit is modern and the cupboards are well stocked with utensils, dishes etc you need to cook some of your favourites. And take advantage of the outdoor grill for cooking some Dorado or other seafood favourites! Host was friendly, pleasant, and provided some suggestions for places to see and eat at.