Machico - Madeira Hotels

Mini guide to Machico - Madeira


Machico is a quaint fishing village on the island of Madeira, favoured by more mature travellers who come to enjoy the traditional resort atmosphere, excellent shopping, wonderful dining and, of course, the magnificent plant-life of the surrounding area.

The charming and typical bay, along with the steep deep valley behind, turns Machico into an authentic picture postcard of natural beauty. As well as being an active fishing port, Machico is also an attractive tourist resort. The main church, built in the 15th century in the Manueline style, is the most impressive building.

Another major attraction in town is the intriguing Museum of the Whale, featuring a whaling boat, a cachalot whale (made of glass fibre), windows made from whalebone and whale jaws, plus photographs and prints. The Machico Tourist Office is housed in the triangular fort of Santo Amaro. Built in 1706, the fort has withstood the onslaught of many pirate attacks.

Dishes such as black swordfish, tuna steak, tuna escabèche and the traditional espetada (meat brochettes), served with fried corn (a regional staple) and the very tasty bolo do caco (a round, flat loaf - typical of Madeira), are traditional dishes which are served in Machico's fine restaurants.

One of the greatest tourist attractions of the island of Madeira is its spectacular landscape, which is best seen by car. A typical drive will reveal a vast array of exotic plants of every form and colour. North of Machico, follow the road up to Pico do Facho. This place offers a panoramic view over the Machico valley and the peaks at the centre of the island, including São Lourenço.

Point of entry is the Aeroporto de Madeira, about five kilometres south of Machico. Planes arrive from Lisbon and also directly from London, taking 1 hour, 30 minutes and 4 hours, respectively. The quickest and most convenient way to reach the town is to take a taxi, which can set you back around €5 to €10.

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