The recreation port of Calheta offers two hectares of gardens and landscaped zones, 18 commercial spaces, a building for the nautical club and a brand new marina. Inspired in the Expo 98 in Lisboa, the new port revitalized this village in many aspects. Due to the new facilities, boats from all over the world travel to here.
Recently, a new visitors’ attraction was added to this enchanting place by the sea. The Art Centre of Casa das Mudas, where alternating high-quality exhibitions will be on display, is an ambitious architectural project designed in complete harmony with its surroundings. The best expositions in Madeira are here right now. Funchal is no longer the only cultural centre in the island.
In the central highlands, you find a high plateau called Paul da Serra, about 1.400 meters above sea level - a flat plateau inhabited by sheep, grass and heather making a strong contrast to the steep, surrounding mountains. A great pace to start hiking trails.
Jardim do Mar became the island’s meeting point for the international surfing community. Due to its location, the Madeira archipelago is a privileged spot to receive swells of the North Atlantic and has all sorts of waves, from point breaks to reef breaks. The world championship of surf was once here.
The entire parish is sitting on an enormous terrace from where you can enjoy breathtaking views over the ocean and the surrounding area.
Don’t just drive by, make a stop and take some moments to delight at this amazing scenery!
Paul do Mar is one of the most important fishing centres of the archipelago. The ocean provides this parish with an incredibly rich variety of fish, to such an extent that it has become a reference in the world of gastronomy.
Paul do Mar beach, also known as the Ribeira das Galinhas (Chicken’s River) beach, is the perfect place for those looking for a quiet secluded beach. Even when it offers sunshine galore, it has the advantage of never being overcrowded.
Ponta do Pargo's name came from its location on the extreme coastal west point (Ponta) and for being rich in a species of fish called 'pargo'.
Due to its plane terrain this is a very distinguished area on Madeira Island. Tranquil and peculiar, this parish maintains its charm almost all year round, becoming especially alive when religious festivals occur. Another event that makes it shine is the Apple Festival.