Beach was super clean, and the staff very sympathetic. And the water... 24°C in October. Wow.
Not a big place but really nice one. In summer should be very crowded.
Nothing special here, just an artificial beach with toilets and a few restaurants, to be fair the local shops are worth a visit, wouldn't go out of my way to visit unless you want to see golden sand.
So I come from a country where all beaches are sand. In Madeira all the beaches were solid rock and this one is maybe the only sand one and probably artificial one. But don't let that confuse you, the beach is really clean, the umbrellas are for free and the water is really clean. Around the beach there are wonderful mountains and you can see the airplanes landing and taking off from Madeira airport that is behind the hill. Lovely.
There are around of accommodations around the beach, ice cream, food etc. You can reach it with bus from Funchal and the ride is about 1 hour. Only con Is that the beach is way smaller than it actually looks on pictures. Don't expect much free space.
From local guide Marco I know that this white sand was brought to Machico from Marocco. Unfortunatelly inside the sand were scorpions who were not welcomed on this iland. So what local did ? They have send back scorpions to Maroccoo !!
Great for a day out with the kids.
We decided to take a shared taxi for 6 rather than the cheaper bus from Funchal to Machico.
Sunbeds were good value at €1.5 as were the parasols also at €1.5 each.
There was a floating platform to swim out to and a good area was roped off just for swimming which was sheltered and safe.
A nearby cafe provided a good selection of refreshments and drinks & a small hut served bacon and cheese toasted paninis
Great day out only slightly hampered by a small amount of rain in the morning so worth looking at the forecast before deciding on the day to visit.
A wonderful sandy beach set a few metres from great cafes and eateries. Sunbeds and umbrellas can a purchased for a very reasonable fee. The cove is very safe for small children and offers older children a great pontoon for diving from in deeper waters. Paddle boards and canoes are a available close by for rent. Toilets and changing facilities are very close by for convenience. An excellent clean beach with a great atmosphere. Perfect for all ages ranges.
Very popular beach with all you need, changing rooms, shower and toilet. Very close to coffee shops and restaurants.
Beautiful place to spend the day.
Yes. It’s a yellow sand beach in Madiera - perfectly pleasant for an afternoon in the sun. A breakwater gives a lot of shelter from the waves and the incline into the depths is very gentle so pretty safe for families. Machico has a pretty regular bus service to Funchal and is 15 mins in a fast taxi so if all you want is yellow sand then it’s a lot easier than the boat to Porto Santo. There’s a black sand and pebble beach on the other side of the breakwater where the water seems to be a little bit warmer and the waves are a whole lot bigger. Plenty of wee snack bars and cabins on the waterfront. Toilets, changing rooms and showers are also on site.
Madeira has a couple of artificial sandy beaches. Machico sand is cleaner, the facilities are better and the general location is better for food drink and location than Calheta.
Tried both this year in a relatively cool May. The sea may have felt slightly warmer at Calheta but we were there later in the day so maybe benefited from more hours of sun.
There are a few fixed straw parasols for shade but the locals tend to nab them pretty early and one is a bit close to the toilets.
There is a beach volleyball court.
The water is clear and when you swim close to the retaining piles of rocks you can see many fish .
Quite easy to get to by local buses. One of quickest ways is Aerobus from Funchal €8 return and take a taxi each way for the last couple miles from the airport.
Madeira is volcanic so this lovely, golden sandy beach was imported from Morocco. Most of the beaches are black sand, if there is any at all, or just rocky. The area beside it is protected by a harbour wall and so very safe for swimming. The views out to the ‘deserted islands’ is beautiful.