Madeira is an excellent destination for plane spotters, as it is possible to watch the full process from landing to take-off.
There are several spots in Machico where the hair-raising moments can be observed.
The airport has a 2781-metre-long runway, of which 1100 metres extend out over the Atlantic Ocean. In 2004, engineer Segadães Tavares was awarded the OStrA - Outstanding Structure Award by the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE), the highest recognition in the civil engineering world for his work on the extension.
Discover the best plane spotting areas in Machico: