Calheta beach
  • Madeira Beaches and Pools

      Being the island paradise that it is, Madeira has an extensive choice of beaches and pools scattered about for your enjoyment.  Whether you are hoping to lounge around and soak up the sun or go swimming in the clear waters, there is a perfect beach or pool for everybody's wants and needs. 

      If you are looking for only soft sandy beaches you have come to the wrong place!  Madeira's beaches are  mostly pebble beaches best known for their crystal clear waters and  ideal temperatures.  Madeira has a few small sandy beaches, both natural and artificial.  Porto Santo Island is well known for its long sandy beaches.  Flip through the following tabs provided to find the beach that will be perfect for you today!
  • Funchal Area - Madeira Beaches

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  • Lido PoolQuinta MagnóliaPonta Gorda PoolPraia Formosa Doca do Cavacas
        The Lido swimming pool is the most popular bathing area in Funchal and one of the best on Madeira Island. The Lido pools includes large and a small seawater pools that are filled daily and it has access to the sea. The Lido pool complex, a local favorite as well as with the tourists, offers sun beds, parasols, kindergarten, table tennis, diving centre, slides, shops,  restaurant, three snack bars, lifeguards, parking and more.
  • East of Funchal - Madeira Beaches

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  • Galo BeachBarreirinhaHeader 3Header 4Header 5
        This private beach belongs to a resort hotel in Caniço and it is only accessible through the panorama elevator. It has a seawater swimming pool, a diving base, ocean access, bar, games, kid's pool, changing rooms,  lifeguard service, medical center, besides the swimming facilities you can also find a seafood restaurant, some shops, mini-market and a terrace café perfect for sunsets.
        Parking can be a bit of an issue so it's better to arrive early.
  • West Coast - Madeira Beaches

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  • Calhau da LapaRibeira BravaPonta do SolMadalena do MarCalheta
        Great location!  This beach is located in the center of Ribeira Brava near all the restaurants and bars. The parking space is a bit limited to plan ahead.  Great facilities, two sandy areas for sport matches, canoes, and  lifeguard service.

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  • West Point and North Coast - Madeira Beaches

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  • Jardim & Paúl do MarPorto MonizLajeSão VicentePonta Delgada
        Jardim do Mar area has three beaches : Portinho, Enseada and Ponta Jardim.   This area is the surfing spot in Madeira, becoming known world wide when it hosted the 2000 Red Bull Big Wave Challenge.
        This beaches attract mostly surfers and people looking for some privacy and isolation as the usual services and facilities are not to be found here.
        Paúl do Mar beach, also known as the Ribeira das Galinhas, is one of the last in the south coast. There are no facilities, no services, but if you make it all the way here you get what you are looking for, the beach practically for yourself.

  • Northeast Coast - Madeira Beaches

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  • São JorgeRibeira do FaialLagoa BeachCaniçalQuinta do Lorde
        The São Jorge River offers a bathing complex situated at the river mouth, with three swimming pools and a restaurant. From here you will be able to take in the fantastic view of the landscape from the sea to the green valleys and mountains.
        There is sea access but it is not the best place to swim as the sea is often quite rough and uninviting. The north coast of Madeira is unpopular with most sea goers with the exception of surfers.
         Spend a summer  night out at the São Jorge beach area as it gets quite a crowd with its two popular late night bars : Calhau and Neptuno.
  • Southeast Coast - Madeira Beaches

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  • PraínhaMachicoWater ParkSanta CruzReis Magos
        Sandy Beach!!!  Praínha (Little Beach) is a great small beach with black sand located near the area of Ponta de São Lourenço. The landscape surrounding this area is much more arid the the rest of Madeira.
        This beach has changing rooms, restaurant service, parasols and sun beds, no surveillance. The access to the beach is a bit tricky with lots of stairs to go up and down.  Bring walking shoes.
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