Poça das Lesmas
Poça das Lesmas
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Viktorija A
Vilnius, Lithuania92 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
This beach was one of the most beautiful beaches in Madeira! Black sand beach, beautiful mountains, natural waterfalls.

But be careful, we swam there and husband got hit hard by huge wave and one ear was in strong pain. The waves there are huge and strong, only few people were swimming there.
Also, this was the dirtiest beach of all, because once you enter the water - the seaweeds gets all wrapped up around your feet, then the whole body+the tiny tiny sand pieces, different size of corals kept falling off my bikini which was a bit disgusting… Still, it’s nature, just didn’t know that it was that full seaweeds. Throughout the week I kept finding sand pieces in my ears.. the whole week.. so it’s better to avoid those huge waves, because they smash you under the water and you just end up diving under the waves.
There’s a shower and natural waterfall where you can clean your body after this kind of swimming (in the photo you can see all of the “goods” that kept falling out of the bathing suits on the ground that doesn’t look very nice).
The parking in there is free.
Written 12 November 2023
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mw196905
Manchester, UK153 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
beautiful beach , kids loved the waves but be aware , need to be a strong swimmer. gorgeous setting . black sand .
Written 6 November 2023
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Galafield
Belper, UK29 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Be aware that the wall that protects the sewage works was damaged in June 23 and now the sewage works gets breached in high seas. We went today hoping to swim but the brown sewage was clearly visible from the cliffs above. Disgusting. Not sure how long it would take for the water to clear after that. Had hoped to swim this week but not now.
Written 29 October 2023
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Tommy
Garstang, UK107 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Wonderfully clear natural pools to swim in. Not as much in the way of facilities as the ones nearby in Porto Moniz, but the more natural look may appeal to some. In addition they are free. There is some on road parking at the top of the hill, changing rooms & toilets (small and grubby to be honest) halfway down, a single outdoor shower at the bottom. Supposedly there is a snack bar too, but it was closed when we visited. There are two pools here, one with step access that can be a little slippy. The other with 'beach' access - I see a few reviews calling it a black sand beach which is honestly misleading. The 'beach' is mostly quite large rocks and pebbles. Those reviewers might mean the nearby Praia Seixal, but we didn't visit there.

The hill to access the pools is quite steep and will take you 5 mins to walk down, maybe 7-12 mins to return.

I did read in my research that these pools can be dangerous at high tides or when the sea is rough, and whilst it wasn't too bad when we visited, I would say that is likely true. Waves did keep crashing over the wall and carelessness could lead to endangerment. There are NO lifeguards here and the water is DEEP.

In regards to busyness - we visited around 11am - 1pm on a friday, late May 2023 - there was probably about 30 others swimming between the two pools. It felt busy, but not so busy that it was frustrating.

Overall, I would recommend visiting both these pools and the nearby ones in Porto Moniz as both gave slightly different experiences and were both a joy to swim in.
Written 27 May 2023
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Martin Nel
Bellville, South Africa436 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
This is a very beautiful setting in Seizal. You have the black sand and coastline and natural tidal pool called Praia de Seixal. Plenty of parking and restaurants. Just a warning that the public toilets are disgusting.
Written 7 April 2023
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Laura T
Middlesbrough, UK7,658 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
As a volcanic island, Madeira’s beaches are mostly volcanic rocks and stones, but the black sand beach at Seixal has soft, fine sand to walk on. We enjoyed walking along the beach and dipping our toes in the water. Walk to the other end of the beach to stand under a small waterfall and discover small caves to explore. We didn't stay to relax on the beach as we had an action-packed touristy day ahead of us.

We visited to experience a black sand beach (which was great), but also we had read that there are sea caves at the Seixal natural pools that you can swim in. I read, "The natural pools are easily accessible via the concrete stairs and the pools are calm to swim in, even if the sea just outside is rough. Remember to bring towels to lie out on. Entrance is free." Maybe it was low tide or something? but we totally did not experience anything like this! The rock pool we saw is located just across the concrete walkway from the black send beach, yes there are concrete steps down but these just lead to an area with very large pebbles/stones that is extremely difficult to walk on. The water is far away and so shallow you would have to wade out for a long long way, not at all feasible on the treacherous large pebbles/rocks. There was an archway that looked like it might be a sea cave but we couldn't get anywhere near it. (see photos)

That was the only disappointing part of our trip though. There is a mini viewpoint that just takes a couple of minutes to climb up to and from there you can see lovely views across the natural pool to the sea.

There are showers, toilets and a cafe next to the beach. Parking is free, but aim to arrive early before 11am as after that it gets very busy.

Note: when driving to/from Seixel, visit the nearby Miradouro do Véu da Noiva to see a waterfall that leads straight into the ocean. This viewpoint is beautiful and extremely easy to reach as only a few seconds walk from the nearby parking lot.
Written 16 March 2023
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J.Stevens
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Family
Please be aware of how dangerous this place is. My sister almost drowned being swept into the sea by a huge wave, although she was more then 3metres from the edge! Later we heard this is called 'the pool of death' by locals and 7 people drowned recently by being swept into the sea. This place is unguarded so help is 20-30 minutes away. My sister barely made it. Its a beautiful place, but dont underestimate nature's force and stay away from the edge, meaning at least 4-5 meters! Be warned!
Written 19 November 2022
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martasD7193TV
London, UK33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Couples
Lovely place!! Amazing view. I recommend to see this place, to get there you need to have a car, around 40 min from Funchal centre. The route is easy with nice surroundings. Really nice place to chill.
Written 13 March 2022
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Christian M
Copenhagen, Denmark5,343 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
The natural pools in Seixal are highly recommended. “Entrance” is free, just bring your bikini, maybe bathing shoes (not necessary) and a couple of towels to lie on.

The pools are easily accessible on the concrete stairs, and you can have a proper little swim - even if the sea just outside is rough.

We went here in December, temperature was 20 degrees Celsius, a sunny day perfect for a bit of tanning. You can lie on concrete decks - it’s better than it sounds!
Written 26 December 2021
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I W
Leicestershire, UK316 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
This is the best black sand beach we went to on Madeira. The cliffs gave it a 'Jurassic Park' feel! We just went off a swim to cool down in October, during a 4x4 island tour, but the beach is shallow, so a great place for young kids.
Written 4 November 2021
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