Ponta de sao Lourenco walk
This is the most eastern peninsula of Madeira's Island, with length of 9 km width of 2 km, including the two islands Ilhéu da Cevada and Ilhéu da Ponta de São Lourenço.
It was declared a Natural Reserve in 1982 with the objective of preserving its fauna, flora and geological heritage.
Machico - Discoveries
Machico was the landing place where, in 1419, Gonçalves Zarco and Tristão Vaz Teixeira came ashore to the official discoverers of Madeira. However, according to local stories, about one century earlier Robert Machim and his lover Ana d’Arfet had already found shelter in this place. Whether or not there is any truth in the story, many people believe that Machico is a corruption of the original name Machim, and so the original founder has indeed been given his due. Madeira’s occupation started in 1420, when the island was divided in two administrative captaincies (capitanias): Machico and Funchal. These two centres became points of population for the North and South of the island, respectively. Due to its important role in Madeira’s early history, this settlement received a letter upgrading it to township status in 1450 and then to independent municipal status in 1996.
The charming and typical bay with a steep deep valley behind, turn Machico into an authentic picture postcard of natural beauty. As well as an active fishing port, Machico is also an attractive tourist resort. It includes the sub-districts of Caniçal, Santo António da Serra, Porto da Cruz, Água de Pena and Machico. Caniçal, a well-known fishing village, boasts the only golden sand beach of Madeira, while the Prainha (Little Beach) is very popular with swimmers.