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 honour 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 kilometres) away.

Where to stay in Machico

Hotel White Waters
Hotel White Waters
4 out of 5
Praceta 25 De Abril 34, Machico, 9200084
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is Rs5,059 per night from 4 Sep to 5 Sep
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Machico. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (119 reviews)
Excellent Family Run Hotel
"We wanted a relaxing seven night break and that was exactly what we got. Machico is quite small and compact and thankfully is largely flat, with easy strolls to most restaurants nearby. This family run hotel is well maintained, within a couple of minutes walk from a wonderful sandy beach and provides ..."

Reviewed on 17 Jun 2022

Hotel White Waters
Dom Pedro Madeira
Dom Pedro Madeira
4 out of 5
Estrada de Sao Roque, Machico, 9200
The price is Rs10,507 per night from 1 Sep to 2 Sep
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Machico. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a beach locale. Our guests praise the pool and the bar in their reviews. Popular ...
3.9/5 Good! (310 reviews)
"Beautifully appointed, view excellent. Staff welcoming."

Reviewed on 23 Jun 2022

Dom Pedro Madeira
Residencial Família
Residencial Família
3 out of 5
Sítio Pé Da Lareira, 22, Machico, 9200-088
Stay at this 3-star golf pension in Machico. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Popular attractions Machico Beach and Whale Museum are located ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (26 reviews)
Great experience all around
"Seu Antônio is very friendly and caring. He made everything possible to accommodate any requests I had. The family works really hard in the restaurant and hotel. Breakfast was simple but very good and fresh. The area is very central in Machico, 5 minutes walk from the beach. Many restaurants and ..."

Reviewed on 11 Jul 2022

Residencial Família
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.
In the Village, Between the sea and the Mountains - Madeira Surf Camp I
In the Village, Between the sea and the Mountains - Madeira Surf Camp I
3.5 out of 5
Rua da Piedade nº4, Sitio das Casas Próximas, Machico, Madeira Region, 9225
Stay at this 3.5-star property in Machico. Enjoy WiFi, barbecues and a furnished balcony. Popular attractions Faial Beach and Santo da Serra Market are located ...
In the Village, Between the sea and the Mountains - Madeira Surf Camp I
Quinta da Vila Madeira
Quinta da Vila Madeira
3 out of 5
Rua dos Leais 4, Machico, Madeira, 9225-051
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Machico. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a free airport shuttle. Popular attractions Faial Beach and Santo da Serra Market ...
5/5 Exceptional! (5 reviews)
Amazing stay will be back
"Had amazing stay. Very comfortable and friendly host. You got everything you need and good WiFi."

Reviewed on 19 Mar 2020

Quinta da Vila Madeira
Residencial Prisma
Residencial Prisma
3 out of 5
Sitio Da Bemposta Agua De Pena, Machico, 9200-012
Stay at this 3-star residence in Machico. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an on-site winery. Our guests praise the breakfast in their reviews. Popular attractions ...
3.5/5 Good! (13 reviews)
Very horrible!!
"I arrived at 11:30pm and the owner appeared wearing an undershirt and a pair of jeans with his belt unbuckled.seemed like he was getting up of bed.I said that I had a reservation and he said that I was not on his sysyem.i wanted to show my reservation on my phone and he didn't want to see it.he didn't ..."

Reviewed on 27 Sep 2021

Residencial Prisma
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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