"Seaside historic town." Machico by Jerelis

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Two old forts.

This seaside historic town has two old forts which bear witness to the local defence against the many pirate attacks on the village. Both forts (Nossa Senhora do Amparo and Sao Joao Baptista) date back till the 17th century and are worth a visit.

We visited Machico twice. We saw the oldest church of the island and had a great tuna steak at a restaurant which was located at the beach. A stroll from the beach back to the centre brought us near the small chapel of S. Roque, built in the 16th century. A nice little chapel, a bit hidden in the rocks, with precious paintings in stained-glass windows.

Valley between two mountain chains.

Machico is located in a valley between two maintain chains from which spring the waters that flow down its streambed. The banks of the Machico River have lush vegetation and are spotted by whitewashed houses. The city has a nice beach and facilities for both swimming and sunbathing.

Machico is probably the most historically interesting town on the island. Here was the landing point of the first discoverers of Madeira. Therefore you will find quite some beautiful old buildings like the oldest church of the island. "Capela de Nossa Senhora dos Milagres" was built in 1425. It has some beautiful paintings and tile works inside. The baroque retable in golden sculpted wood in the main chapel is the most interesting 17th century object.

  • Last visit to Machico: Jul 2002
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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