Madeira island is 310 miles from the African coast and 620 miles from the European continent, which is the equivalent of a 1 hour 30 minutes flight from Lisbon.
The Madeira Archipelago, discovered by the Portuguese in 1418, is made up of the islands of Madeira, Porto Santo and the uninhabited islands of Selvagens and Desertas
The island of Madeira has a surface area of 459 square miles (741 km2), (35 miles long and 13 miles wide).
These islands, because of their privileged geographical position and mountainous relief, have a surprisingly mild climate.
East Coast from Madeira
In this part of Madeira you can find bathing areas in Santa Cruz and Machico and a small natural beach of black sand in Caniçal.
n Santa Cruz, in addition to the well-known, rocky Praia das Palmeiras with its two swimming pools, there is a new bathing complex near Ribeira da Boaventura. It has swimming pools, solariums, locker rooms and a food court.
Between the boating area and the swimming pools there is a small sheltered bay with safe access to the sea. For fans of the open sea, there is a pier near the bank at the mouth of the stream.
Here in Santa Cruz, there is also a water fun park, Aquaparque, which is next to the Ribeira da Boaventura Bathing Complex.
The park, with a capacity for more than 1,000 people, has five toboggan slides, four fast slides, two swimming pools, one of them for children (Aqualândia Infantil), a lazy river running round the swimming pools, a bar and bathing areas.
Holiday Vila at Madeira in Santa Cruz
Machico is located on a small bay which has a basalt pebble beach with a children’s swimming pool, a food court and a nice sandy beach.
Holiday Rentals at Madeira in Machico:
In, the same municipality, in Caniçal at the eastern end of Madeira, is the only natural black-sanded beach on the island. Because of its small size, it is called Praínha (Little Beach).