We stayed in apartment Tenda for a week and found it a lovely place to relax as well as a good base to explore the island. Calhau Grande is set in a small village about half an hour from Funchal. The hills are steep here so be prepared to tackle some windy roads! It is worth it as you will be rewarded by stunning views over the ocean!
The complex itself has a real authentic feel and has beautiful gardens as well as a small pool. The Tenda apartment is highest up and has a balcony with unobstructed views. The owner Sofia is really welcoming and lovely, she gave us a tour of the gardens when we arrived and pointed out all the different fresh herbs we could use in our cooking. There's a small village shop nearby for basics, with an older lady who to our surprise spoke some English, as well as a supermarket in nearby Calheta (5-min drive). It is also easy to get up into the mountains from here, great for touring as well as levada walks. Be aware that a rental car is required to get here and get around.
All in all we had a lovely time here and would highly recommend it for those looking for a quiet and relaxing place away from the hustle and bustle of Funchal.More
- Free Wifi
- Free Parking