Machico

Machico
The discovery of Madeira
Machico is the second largest town in Madeira. Its name comes from the legend of Machim that tells the story of a young man called Roberto Machim who escaped England in 1377 with his lover, Ana Arfet, heading for France. A storm led them astray and after drifting for days they disembarked in what is today the bay of Machico. Legend has it that when the Portuguese first got to Machico they found a wooden cross, which supposedly told the story of their adventure and marked the grave of the two lovers.
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