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The view from our balcony

We spent a week staying in the Pestana OPcean Bay Hotel and we had a great view of this 'beach... read more

Reviewed 28 September 2017
Livingston, United Kingdom
good sunsets

nice sunsets but large stones on beach , good prom for walking along quite nice good beach... read more

Reviewed 20 September 2017
Steve S
Bognor Regis, United Kingdom
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“large pebbles”(8 reviews)
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Estrada Monumental, Funchal, Madeira 1000, Portugal
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Reviewed 3 November 2017

Lovely walk along coastal path from our Hotel Pestrana Grand. You have to walk down to a cliff front restaurant and through a tunnel that overlooks a cliff cave where small sharks come in on a calm day. The walk goes all the way to...More

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank thundachild
Reviewed 15 October 2017

I am staying at a hotel on the beach, view is wonderful but the sea is difficult to access across large rocks. It is also difficult to get in and out of the water the waves can be brutal. I got caught up in one...More

Date of experience: October 2017
2  Thank Susan L
Reviewed 14 October 2017

It was very nice ,a lot of cafe and restaurants near the beach but many rocks . A great rock rising from the ocean and when you enter in the water you can find area without rocks.This is a public beach near by Estrada monumental.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Gabriel T
Reviewed 14 October 2017

Suitable more for lunch than dinner but good quality and value. Situated on the end of Praia Formosa it gives a wonderful view of Cabo girao at night and now the refinery has moved to canical a very pleasant place to sit and soak up...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank sumel2016
Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

Although we knew Madeira was not the island for a typical beach holiday, we still wanted to spend some time at the beach and get into the water. Praia Formosa seemed a good place to go, as it is close to Funchal. If you don’t...More

Date of experience: October 2017
2  Thank Happiness550248
Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

What do you expect from a relatively new island (geologically speaking)? It's a volcanic island made from black basalt. The beach is made up from large rounded pebbles and rocks. The only areas of sand that there are, are small isolated patches. Top tip:- get...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank RandK8269
Reviewed 28 September 2017

We spent a week staying in the Pestana OPcean Bay Hotel and we had a great view of this 'beach' from our 6th floor balcony. Had to admire the brave souls who went down to the sea over the very stony beach, also the people...More

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank Brucestewart
Reviewed 20 September 2017

nice sunsets but large stones on beach , good prom for walking along quite nice good beach restaurants to eat and drink at

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Steve S
Reviewed 7 September 2017

A lovely spot to enjoy the Atlantic ocean water swim, snokle, and sunbathe. A few good restaurant by the beach for cool relaxing drink and view the sun set

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank margied65
Reviewed 4 September 2017

The Beach is savage,genuine ,but with big stones,hard to reach. From the Promenade to the beach you must to go through a illuminated tunnel.This is nice :)

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank MickyB199
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11 August 2016|
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Response from jscuba61 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, Very fine dercription from Ana Pedro. It is about 3 km plenty of lovely things and landscapes. Most probably, you will have the chance to see the old cars exhibition too. Cheers, Joao
Denise F
7 October 2015|
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Response from jscuba61 | Reviewed this property |
I totally agree with LadyMalfoy. There are many restaurants always open. Also, you can dispose of a large supermarket, maybe a little more in terms of walking (east), inside the shopping centre Forum Madeira, at Estrada... More