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M01PSL04 - Prainha

Prainha © Brum da Silveira

Geosite ID: M01PSL04

Name: Prainha

Thematic category: Geomorphology, Sedimentology and Paleontology

Geographical location on orthophotomap  - M01PSL04

Municipality: Machico

Civil parish: Caniçal

Location area: 10 -1000 ha

Coordinates(1):32°44'34.7'' N 16°42'59.1'' W

Altitude: 24 m

Accessibility: Moderate

Distance to nearest paved road: 100 m

Conditions of observation: Good

(1) Coordinates of the geosite and / or the best viewpoint


Brief description

Praínha is one of the few permanent natural sand beaches on Madeira Island, an island characterized by steep cliffs and beaches made almost exclusively of pebbles. Its rarity is due to the lack of hydrodynamic, sedimentary and geomorphological conditions that allow the accumulation and permanence of sand on the beach. These sediments originate from the Holocene-aged aeolian deposits (old dunes) that are upstream, and which, constitute the main source of the beach sand.


Relevant notes

Visiting a site of geological interest is the sole responsibility of the user.
The user must take precautions when visiting the site, taking into account the conditions of the terrain, weather conditions and other hazards, so that they do not create situations that put themselves or others at risk.
The user must respect private property. Access to private areas requires prior authorization from the owners.
The user must respect natural heritage, keeping it intact. The impact of your actions should be minimal.


How to Cite

BRUM DA SILVEIRA, A.; PRADA, S.; RAMALHO, R.; MADEIRA, J.; FONSECA, P.; CANHA, E.; BRILHA, J. (2012). Inventariação do Património Geológico da Ilha da Madeira. Secretaria Regional do Ambiente e Recursos Naturais - Relatório Final, 414 p. In:

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