The best beaches in Madeira
The Island of the Eternal Spring… the island of the eternal sun, the island of the best people, a place to call home while on vacation, the Island of Madeira welcomes you arms wide open to enjoy a unique exotic experience. The best beaches in Madeira are, of course, counted among the main reasons people have been coming here year after year.
Have you ever dipped your feet in black sand? The volcanic origin of the sand here makes beaches appear black. These conjure up the idea of high class and, coupled with cerulean waters and warm weather all year round, turn Madeira into one of Europe’s favorite island destinations.
Here are finally some of the best places to lie in the sun:
If you are staying in the capital city, Funchal, some 25 minutes’ drive away you can visit the small secluded natural volcanic beach called Prainha. Good swimmers especially will be excited to challenge the waves here.
Praia Formosa is another unique beach, with its volcanic pebbles. It is locate in the suburbs of Funchal city and grants the possibility to visit the village of Porto da Cruz half an hour’s drive.
If you still haven’t become comfortable with the idea of black sand, don’t worry: there are especially created golden beaches with imported sands in Calheta and Machico.
The golden isle of Porto Santo, a tiny island some 50 km away from the northern coast of Madeira, offers a golden beach of about 8 km!
If you are traveling with your family, children will be particularly appreciative of the sunny beach of Calheta, with its imported white sandy beaches.
One last thing to remember: the best way to travel in Madeira is with Madeira airport transfers.