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"Camacha - Soccer played for the very first time..." Top 5 Page for this destination Madeira Island Tourist Trap Tip by Jerelis

Madeira Island Tourist Traps: 22 reviews and 29 photos

  Soccer was played for the first time in Portugal.
by Jerelis

Next to the centre square there was a small look-out point which allowed us to overlook a part of the southern side of the island. Trully breathtaking!

Finally we we visited Achada, which is the centre of this small village where the locals socialize. Arriving there we were pleasantly surprised by the monument we saw there. We read that right here soccer was played for the first time (1875) in Portugal due to the influence of the British.

But eventhough we had this last positive surprise we won't stick with the opinion of the people that say that Camacha is the most picturesque village of the island. In our opinion it has some beautiful Quintas, great craftsmen, a nice little church and a soccer monument, but it's mostly a place where busloads of tourists are blocking the way and most old traditional houses are replaced by modern ones.

Village of Camacha

Situated at the middle (bit to the north east) side of the island. It is a 18 km drive from the capital of Madeira, Funchal.

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  • Updated Oct 15, 2006
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