Machico Beach & Pico do Facho Viewpoint

Madeira Island beaches - Machico beach

Last September I visited Machico a couple of times. To surf, to swim, to go sightseeing, to start a stunning Vereda do Larano walk…

Here is our September 2019 gallery of the Machico beach and the interesting, though often overlooked by tourists, Pico do Facho viewpoint.

Machico Beach – pictures

The beach in Machico consists of two parts – natural (pebble) and artificial (sand). I wrote about this and many other beaches in Madeira in my latest post BEACHES IN MADERA – don’t forget to check it out. 

Plaże na Maderze - Plaża w Machico. Hotel Dom Pedro Madeira
Plaże na Maderze - Plaża w Machico. Hotel Dom Pedro Madeira
Madeira Island sandy beaches - Machico beach
Plaże na Maderze - Plaża w Machico. Hotel Dom Pedro Madeira
Swimming in Madeira Island - Machico beach
Sandy beaches in Madeira Island - Machico beach
Swimming in Madeira Island - Machico beach
Plaże na Maderze - Plaża w Machico. Hotel Dom Pedro Madeira. Hotele przy plaży na Maderze.
Plaże na Maderze - Plaża w Machico. Hotel Dom Pedro Madeira
Plaże na Maderze - Plaża w Machico. Hotel Dom Pedro Madeira
Madeira Island beaches - Machico beach
Madeira Island beaches - Machico beach

Machico beach and the Pico do Facho Viewpoint are great spots for plane spotting. 

Miejsca do obserwacji samolotów na Maderze - Plaża w Machico

For those who are wondering whether fall is a good time for swimming in Madeira – the answer is definitely yes! September and beginning of October are one of my favorite periods to visit Madeira.

See also: AUTUMN WEATHER IN MADEIRA

Plaże na Maderze - Plaża w Machico. Hotel Dom Pedro Madeira
Best beaches Madeira Island - Machico beach

Pico do Facho – pictures

From the Pico do Facho viewpoint (seen in the picture below) you will have an amazing view of Machico valley, Machico beach, and the Cristiano Ronaldo Airport …

Plaże na Maderze - Plaża w Machico. Hotel Dom Pedro Madeira. Hotele przy plaży na Maderze.

… while if you turn around and look East, you will see the stunning Ponta de São Lourenço. 

Best viewpoints Madeira - Pico do Facho viewpoint in Machico. Plane spotting Madeira. View on the airport runway and Machico beach.
Best viewpoints Madeira - Pico do Facho viewpoint in Machico. Plane spotting Madeira. View on the airport runway and Machico beach.
Best viewpoints Madeira - Pico do Facho viewpoint in Machico. Plane spotting Madeira. View on the airport runway and Machico beach.
Best viewpoints in Madeira - Pico do Facho viewpoint in Machico. View on Ponta de Sao Lourenco

Pico do Facho isn’t the most popular viewpoint on Madeira, but I think it is probably because tourists are not aware of it. It’s definitely worth stopping at Pico do Facho for at least 5-10 minutes.

You can get to the top of the hill by car, which you can park right next to the observation deck.

Best viewpoints in Madeira - Pico do Facho viewpoint in Machico

Then, if you are brave enough, you can also climb some rocks for a truly panoramic view. However, be careful because it is often very, very windy there.

Pico do Facho, is a great spot for observing and photographing planes taking off and landing. Sometimes, you can also meet there whale and dolphin spotter, who are in contact with boats on the ocean and help them to get as close to animals as possible.

SEE ALSO: DOLPHIN AND WHALE WATCHING TRIPS ON MADEIRA

Best viewpoints in Madeira - Pico do Facho viewpoint in Machico

Most of these pictures were taken just before heading off to the absolutely amazing Vereda do Larano hike, which I will soon describe on my blog. 

 

And you? How did you like Machico and Pico do Facho?​

 

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