Machico Vacations

12 miles (19 kilometers) to the east of Madeira Island, is Machico, a great place to delve a little deeper into this fabulous region. If you are coming from the Madeira Airport in Madeira Island, Machico is 2 miles (3 kilometers) to the northwest.

Machico is within easy reach of a range of colorful Madeira Island’s attractions. Among the most interesting places to explore are the fabulous Santo da Serra Golf Club and the fantastic Faial Beach. And if your schedule allows, be sure to visit the Palheiro Gardens and the Palheiro Golf Club.

Do try to see some of the nearby museums and galleries, which help make this region the special place it is. Discover the various museums and collections in the Madeira Story Centre Museum in Funchal.

If the sun is out, follow the locals and make the most of the nearby parks and reserves. Visitors of all ages love to hang out in places like the Pregetter's Orchid Garden in Funchal and the Funchal Ecological Park Recreation Center. There is a charming atmosphere here and pretty garden beds and trees.

Visitors to Madeira Island should not miss out on Quinta Palmeira in Funchal. The Church of Nossa Senhora do Monte in Funchal offer visitors to Madeira Island the opportunity to better understand the role religion has played in the area.

If you are looking to buy souvenirs, fashion and food, you’ll love the boutiques, stores and stalls at the Funchal Farmers Market in Funchal.

Madeira Stadium, Funchal is the perfect place to catch a game of soccer, and to see local legends, the C.D. Nacional, in action. On game days follow the sea of black, yellow and white, to the stadium, then after the final siren sounds, join local soccer lovers at a nearby pub, bar or cafe for a post-game drink.

After a long day seeing the sights around Machico, get a good nights sleep in one of the area’s popular bed-and-breakfasts, hotels or short-stay apartments. The Dom Pedro Garajau, Canico, the Choupana Hills Resort and Spa, Funchal and the Hotel Windsor, Funchal are just three of the best places to stay while you are enjoying this special area.

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