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Praia de Machico, Machico

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Praia de Machico (English: Machico Beach) is a beach located near the town Machico, on the island of Madeira, Portugal.

It is one of the few sandy beaches of Madeira, with sand imported from North Africa. However, these sand-imports were quite controversial, as the sand was taken from Western Sahara, a Non-Self Governing Territory which has been largely occupied by Morocco since 1975. The imports are considered to be a violation of international law, as the consent of the people of the territory is required in the exploitation of the territory's resources.
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  • Lovely sandy beach, probably one of the few on Madeira. Beautiful scenery. Because it is not crowded, it is ideal for relaxing.  more »
  • We came here twice during our holiday - once for a short stop whilst exploring the island and then again specifically to sunbathe and swim. We were particularly impressed by the disabled friendly...  more »
  • Nice beach made with sand shipped from Morocco. They have showers and changing rooms. There is a platform you can jump into the water from. No waves, good for kids. There is great ice cream nearby!
  • À beach with Morocco blond sand if you need something not local. But nice, and easy swim with young kids. Black sand beach closed to this beach if you prefer. The town is small. A few restaurants around the place

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