A word of warning if you have any walking difficulties, Canico my not be the best place for you as everywhere is either uphill or downhill
My review is based on a week at the Vila Ventura for end of August into September.
The accommodation is self catering ,although there is a restaurant on the premises, We had Room 11 on the ground floor , the room was not huge but adequate for 2 people, a small kitchen area just in the door with 2 ring hob, fridge, microwave,sink and extractor hood, we asked for a toaster and kettle both were supplied immediately. There are 2 beside tables, a dining table and another side board type unit , good sized wardrobe and safe (charged extra for key 8 euros for week and 5 euro deposit),and a smallish but adequate bathroom,my only small gripe about the Vila Ventura was the shower head was towards the corner of the wall and you could not change the angle. a terrace outside with 2 good comfortable chairs and a small table, then a bonus, a little bit of garden between the apartment and the boundary wall. There are plenty of greenery and palms there so we never felt over looked ( the garden is about 10 foot above pavement height). We had a reasonable view of the sea between a couple of buildings
The Vila is spotlessly clean,all the reception staff are really friendly and very helpful with anything you need i.e car hire , taxi or advice on where to visit. and speak excellent English.
The Garden restaurant is up 3 short flights of stairs and is partailly covered, it has a nice relaxed atmosphere and the food is superb , especially the skewers.
Madeira is a very friendly, relaxed island probably better suited to the more mature traveller.
Canico is a small town with everything you could need but limited on choice for shopping other than daily essentials, We found it an excellent base for getting out and about to see more of the island The scenery is breathtaking in the mountains
We really enjoyed our stay and I can highly recommend The Vila Ventura ( would have given it 6 stars if I could)