Calheta Travel Guide

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  • Calheta
    by MarioPortugal
  • Calheta
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Calheta Things to Do

  • Recreation port

    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.

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  • Art Centre of Casa da Mudas

    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...

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  • Paul da Serra

    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.

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  • Jardim do Mar (Sea Garden)

    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.

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  • Prazeres

    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!

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  • Paul do Mar

    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...

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Calheta Transportation

  • by mrsJBuk Written Jul 31, 2007

    Calheta is a vey small town with everything you need at the beach front which you can cover in a 5 minute walk! This review is to warn you about travelling around Maderia if you stay in Calheta. If you want to visit the many attractions in Madeira do not stay in Calheta. It is remote and not on the main tourist route. To get to many destinations you need to go from Funchal which is a half hour drive from Calheta. The hotel does offer excursions but this is a minibus and very few places available. Stay in Calheta if you want to relax in the sun. If you do want to see some sights make sure you book the excursions immediately upon check in.

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    • Beaches
    • Fishing
    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons

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Calheta Local Customs

  • Sugar

    Calheta lies surrounded by vineyards and banana plantations (an abundant crop in Madeira). It also used to be the centre of the sugar-cane production, but today there is only one factory left where cane syrup is turned into rum and which is open to visitors.

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  • Shear

    During June, the traditional ones still have Shear, point of meeting between cattle creators. For the curious ones, it is a chance to make contact with the reality of the mountain ranges.

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Calheta Off The Beaten Path

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    by salinhopt Updated Mar 6, 2005

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    Part of the village is sitting on a rock, of which traditions says that it is protected by Saint Amaro so that Faja da Ovelha doesn't fall onto the village of Paúl do Mar lying below at the sea side. Only locals know this place. Nature at it's best is what you'll find here.

    Calheta - Faja da Ovelha Chapel

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