Machico Madeira Portugal
Machico is the second largest town on the island of Madeira and has the claim to fame of being the islands first settlement. It is speculated that the town gets it's name from a Robert Machin, an English trader who's ship was blown off-course here with his crew and wife back in 1344. His crew soon mutinied and abandoned Machin and his wife. Machin's wife died only weeks later from exposure.
The Machico River runs through the town leading to the quay with it's adjacent marina. The town offers plenty of history with the oldest church and two forts built to defend from pirates.
Machico is situated on the east coast of the island only twenty minutes drive from Funchal. It is very handy for the airport though as the runway is just round the corner! Great location for plane spotters or as an overnight airport stop over. You might need to pack your ear muffs. The town offers a retreat from Funchal's comparative bustle! You'll find some good restaurants and cafes, some looking out over Machico Bay, which serve local cuisine along with some other international dishes, mainly Italian and Spanish.
One Madeiran rarity Machico has to offer is a beach. Although you'll have to come at low tide to enjoy the rather rocky strip of sand. There are facilities for both swimming and sunbathing.
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