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Machico
Travel Guide

Machico which includes a pebble beach

Madeira’s second-largest town is home to a beautiful swimming beach and a lovely old quarter, as well as a network of numerous scenic walks. 

Machico is set in a graceful crescent-shaped bay, surrounded by green terraced slopes. Enjoy a few days of relaxed sightseeing in Machico’s idyllic setting and explore the pleasant seafront promenade that borders a town of narrow cobbled streets and whitewashed houses.

According to local legend, Machico was discovered in the 14th century by a pair of lovers who eloped from their home in Bristol. The couple were shipwrecked in the Bay of Machico after their ship was thrown off course during a storm. Both lovers died, but the ship’s crew managed to escape on a raft and brought news of the island to Portugal. The explorer João Gonçalves Zarco then claimed Madeira in 1420.

Be sure to see the Capela dos Milagres (Chapel of the Miracles). The original church, supposedly founded on the site of the lovers’ graves in the 15th century, was destroyed in a flood. The current structure, built in 1815, features a lovely rose window within its façade and a nave decorated with frescoes.

Take a look at the beautiful blue-and-white tiling found inside the Capela de São Roque. This small chapel was built in the 16th century to honor St. Roch, who is said to have saved the people of Machico from a plague.

Go for a swim at Praia de Machico, one of Madeira’s most popular beaches. Arrange a diving excursion to the nearby marine reserve or just relax in the warm sands. Go for a walk down the lively promenade and stop for a drink at a beachfront bar.

Don’t miss Miradouro Francisco Alvares Nobrega, a belvedere with panoramic views over Machico Valley and Ponta de São Lourenço. Enjoy more scenic vistas at Pico do Facho, another well-known viewpoint named for the beacon (facho), which was once lit here to warn the city of approaching pirates.

Machico is located in the eastern part of Madeira. It’s easily accessed by bus from Funchal, which is located 19 miles (30 kilometers) away.

Where to stay in Machico

Hotel White Waters
Hotel White Waters
4 out of 5
Praceta 25 De Abril 34, Machico
The price is £39 per night from 21 Jun to 21 Jun
Situated near the beach, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Machico Beach and within 3 miles (5 km) of Laurisilva of Madeira and Whale Museum. Santa Cruz Beach ...
4.3/5Excellent! (81 reviews)
"White Waters is a family owned and run hotel, and you can tell. The owners all cared so mich aboutvtgeir guests. We felt incredibly welcome and looked after from the minute we arrived to the time we left. We had to stay in our room for the first evening while we waited for our Covid results. The ..."

Reviewed on 26 Nov 2020

Hotel White Waters
Dom Pedro Madeira
Dom Pedro Madeira
4 out of 5
Estrada de Sao Roque, Machico
The price is £59 per night from 21 Jun to 21 Jun
Located in Machico, this beachfront hotel is connected to the convention centre, 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Machico Beach, and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Laurisilva of Madeira. ...
3.9/5Good! (279 reviews)
"Fan in the bathroom didn't work."

Reviewed on 1 Jun 2021

Dom Pedro Madeira
Quinta Do Lorde Resort Hotel Marina
Quinta Do Lorde Resort Hotel Marina
5 out of 5
Sitio Da Piedade, Canical, Machico
Nestled on the beach, this Machico hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Madeira Whale Museum, Sao Lourenco Point and Whale Museum. Santa Cruz Beach and Machico Beach ...
4.3/5Excellent! (183 reviews)
"very nice hotel with excellent staff. my second time here and will be back later this year."

Reviewed on 19 Mar 2020

Quinta Do Lorde Resort Hotel Marina
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Beach House, Single Location Directly on the sea
Beach House, Single Location Directly on the sea
Dr. Abel De Freitas Sitio Casas Proximas, Machico, Madeira Region
Located in Porto da Cruz, this holiday home is 1.8 mi (3 km) from Laurisilva of Madeira and within 6 miles (10 km) of Faial Beach and Santo da Serra Market. ...
5/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)
Wunderschöner, erhohlsamer Urlaub
"Wir hatten von Anfang bis Ende einen sehr schönen Urlaub auf Madeira in der Villa Lumera. Die Lage ist einzigartig. Vielen Dank an Hr. Ehlers für die nette Betreuung und die Vermittlung von Flugtickets und Mietwagen im Vorfeld. Wir können das Ferienhaus uneingeschränkt weiterempfehlen."

Reviewed on 11 Jul 2019

Beach House, Single Location Directly on the sea
Casas da Avenida e do Pico
Casas da Avenida e do Pico
Caminho do Larano 11, Machico, Madeira
This family-friendly Machico apartment building is located on the boardwalk, within 3 mi (5 km) of Machico Beach, Whale Museum and Laurisilva of Madeira. Santa ...
5/5Exceptional! (9 reviews)
"Perfect stay. Great apartment, very clean and with everything needed, even toys for the kids!"

Reviewed on 28 Nov 2018

Casas da Avenida e do Pico
Porto da Cruz Holiday Cottage
Porto da Cruz Holiday Cottage
Caminho Velho do Massapez 35, Machico, Madeira Region
Located in Porto da Cruz, this historic cottage is 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from Laurisilva of Madeira and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Faial Beach. Madeira Theme Park and Santo ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (34 reviews)
Porto da Cruz Cottage
"Clean and tidy with everything which we needed for our stay. Plenty of information on hand for visitors not familiar with the island. The village is pleasant with a choice of places to eat, and in practice nowhere is too far away on Madeira. The property is characterful, nicely situated, and well ..."

Reviewed on 12 Nov 2019

Porto da Cruz Holiday Cottage
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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