The dark sand beaches in Madeira Island are famous for their rocky origin, which before, with sea action, is transformed into black sand.
You can locate four black sand beaches around Madeira Island: Praia da laje, Praia do Club Naval do Seixal, Praia Formosa, Prainha and Praia da Lagoa in Porto da Cruz.
Praia da Laje, also known as Jamaica, this black sand beach is located on the north part of the island, close to Seixal. With good installations such as open air showers, changing rooms, snack bar and lifeguard surveillance during the summer.
Praia do Club Naval do Seixal is a Great quality beach located near the Seixal´s harbor, not only does it offer a black sand beach, but also a large natural swimming pool and with a range of facilities, easy access to sea and lifeguard surveillance during the summer.
Praia Formosa is located in the centre of Funchal and is known as one of the largest free public beaches on Madeira Island. It consists of four sand and pebble mixed beaches that include various facilities and also lifeguard surveillance.
Prainha is one of most well known black sand beaches in Madeira Island, can be located in Caniçal, near Ponta de São Lorenço. The beach has easy access for the handicap, great facilities, lifeguard surveillance, a bar and restaurant.
Praia da Lagoa – Porto da Cruz is probably the best sand beach in the north of Madeira. It’s recommended for swimming and also surfing, with a newly renovated sundeck with good sea access, lifeguard surveillance throughout the summer and offering good facilities.
If black sand beaches isn´t what you want, Madeira still offers great golden sand beaches, like the famous golden beach of Porto Santo.
We hope you enjoy using our dark sand beaches! Make the most of your vacation in Madeira Island.