Madeira and its Landmarks
PART FIVE A VISIT TO MACHICO
Machico was the original capital of the island in the early days of its settlement. It was first settled in 1491. As I understand it, Machico was only favoured until they discovered Funchal, which is about 20 minutes or 17 kilometres further West.
In the town square, you can see an old public water fountain circa 1929. The architecture shows evidence of Machico being a very old city, and much of the streets are cobble stone, and feature a rustic look.
The large mountains act as a protector of the small town.
A small feline Machiquenise resident of the town of Machico.
A bridge crossing a creek in the town. The creek leads to the ocean and beach area.
An East facing view of the town. As you can see, there are mountains in the East and West of the town, with the beach at the southern tip.
The southern tip of Machico- the beach with imported sand. During the winter months, the locals are rarely at any beach as they describe 20 degree Celsius weather as “too cold”. Most of the people here are all tourists from colder regions. Regardless of the temperature, the view is lovely.