Machico Holidays, Madeira
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
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
For the adventurous among you why not spend a few hours climbing
Pico do Facho? You'll be rewarded with breathtaking views across
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