Machico is a Portuguese town on the east coast of the holiday island of Madeira. Originally the island's capital, it is said to be the landing place of the explorers who discovered Madeira in 1419. Machico lies amongst the headlands of the Bay of Zarco and offers holidaymakers a peaceful resort rich in history.
Who is Machico suitable for?
Those looking for a quiet holiday in a cultural setting should definitely consider a holiday to Machico. As a working town it's not as developed for tourism as some other resorts on the island, making it less busy and providing a relaxed atmosphere many will love.
Some holidaymakers choose to base themselves in Machico, allowing the option to easily access its busier neighbour of Funchal, the island's capital. This offers the best of both worlds, with bustling Funchal and its many sights, shops and restaurants just a bus journey away.
Sightseeing in Machico
First stop on your list for sightseeing on your Machico holiday is the tourist office, for obvious reasons, and also because it is housed in a restored fortress originally built in 1706.
Machico is also home to Capela dos Milagres, the oldest church on the island and the Museu da Baleia which is a museum showcasing the history of whaling how important it was to the island's economy.
For the adventurous among you why not spend a few hours climbing Pico do Facho? You'll be rewarded with breathtaking views across the island.
Eating out in Machico
There's a variety of dining options on Machico holidays, ranging from beach side stalls to fine dining restaurants. It's a town that loves its food, hosting an annual Gastronomic Week that celebrates local cuisine.
Be sure to sample delicious daily caught fish, fresh local fruits and vegetables, traditional skewered meat and the area's honey cake.
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