"Machico - Discoveries" Machico by salinhopt

Machico Travel Guide: 25 reviews and 48 photos


Machico was the landing place where, in 1419, Gonçalves Zarco and Tristão Vaz Teixeira came ashore to the official discoverers of Madeira. However, according to local stories, about one century earlier Robert Machim and his lover Ana d’Arfet had already found shelter in this place. Whether or not there is any truth in the story, many people believe that Machico is a corruption of the original name Machim, and so the original founder has indeed been given his due. Madeira’s occupation started in 1420, when the island was divided in two administrative captaincies (capitanias): Machico and Funchal. These two centres became points of population for the North and South of the island, respectively. Due to its important role in Madeira’s early history, this settlement received a letter upgrading it to township status in 1450 and then to independent municipal status in 1996.

The charming and typical bay with a steep deep valley behind, turn Machico into an authentic picture postcard of natural beauty. As well as an active fishing port, Machico is also an attractive tourist resort. It includes the sub-districts of Caniçal, Santo António da Serra, Porto da Cruz, Água de Pena and Machico. Caniçal, a well-known fishing village, boasts the only golden sand beach of Madeira, while the Prainha (Little Beach) is very popular with swimmers.

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  • Pros:All the history, the cathedral and the nice gastronomie!
  • Last visit to Machico: Nov 2003
  • Intro Updated Mar 15, 2004
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  • polardabar's Profile Photo
    Dec 1, 2005 at 2:23 PM

    wow, this place looks amazing! the beaches, the blue water & that crazy fortress... ;) obrigado for all the interesting tips! muito bem, polar*

  • madamx's Profile Photo
    Dec 1, 2005 at 12:01 PM

    Looks like the perfect place to just relax! Beautiful shoreline pictures. ~ Helen

  • vyxxyn's Profile Photo
    Apr 24, 2005 at 9:40 PM

    Other than Palau, Machico sounds like a pretty neat honeymoon destination! Clear waters and hills to climb, yum!

  • jgacis's Profile Photo
    Aug 3, 2004 at 8:16 PM

    You took some very beautiful pictures! Great job, and thanks for sharing!

  • pepples46's Profile Photo
    Jun 12, 2004 at 8:02 PM

    I never get bored on VT meu amigo ^..^ and what a fine page you have here, Santo da Serra looks inviting and I will definitly drive around Madeiras rich Landscape. thank you for sharing Goncalo

  • Jun 4, 2004 at 11:42 AM

    Could you had some comments about Machico's restaurant. My father comes from Funchal but he didn't remember about the name of his favourite restaurant at Machico! at Machico, this restaurant is very popular and near the beach. It's also a cake shop.

  • sachara's Profile Photo
    May 2, 2004 at 8:05 AM

    Thanks, your pages of Madeira make me always very happy. Next year I will be back.

  • kazander's Profile Photo
    Apr 16, 2004 at 9:57 AM

    I saw your Ponta de Sao Lourenco on the home page and I was drawn in! Really beautiful page, thanks!

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Apr 4, 2004 at 11:57 PM

    Good photography, good tips.

  • andal13's Profile Photo
    Mar 28, 2004 at 6:32 PM

    Your pages are probably the best way to learn about the history of Portugal... and to enjoy those dazzling landscapes!


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