Ponta do Sol Travel Guide

  • Paul da Serra - Madeira
    Paul da Serra - Madeira
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  • Paul da Serra - Madeira
    Paul da Serra - Madeira
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Ponta do Sol Things to Do

  • Flora

    Used to admire the luxurious vegetation in almost all the island, crossing Paul da Serra may seem a waste of time, due to its poor vegetation. However, it is completely different, with some endemic species, whose protection is forcing the government to forbid the cattle that we may see at ease in the area.I'm not a botanical expert to explain the...

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  • Rabaçal

    If I had to choose a place to follow a "levada", this should be the one. Rabaçal seems to have two of the most spectacular trails in the island. We had no time for it, but in the third visit I will not miss.

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  • Landscape in Paul da Serra

    It's worthwhile to go up the mountain to see the absolutely different look of the landscape, in the platform where most of the water carried in the "Levadas" is caught. Yellow is the dominant colour, the road becomes straight and levelled, and, though the governmental efforts to eliminate cattle in the area to preserve the endemic flora, we may see...

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  • Levadas

    Before visiting Madeira I read a lot to prepare the visit. I understood that "levadas" are a must see, and tried to find a compromise between the best ones and my available time. No way. The best ones seem to be here, in Rabaçal ("Risco" and "25 fontes"), but demand a full day.It is in my agenda for the next visit.

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  • Zinos Palace

    This is one of the few British Palaces to be found in Madeira and Ponta do Sol.The palace was totally restored by the local government and is a unique example of the power British had in poor Madeira last century.

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  • Lugar de Baixo

    The new concept of style versus nature arrived to Ponta do Sol in Lugar de Baixo. A new and modern restaurant with a fantastic bird watching point and reserve. The natural lagoon was totaly clenead up and visitors now can admire the birds drinking a fresh orange juice. :)

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  • Madalena do Mar 2

    The village was totaly restored. This location now has a volley ball area, a restaurant/bar, shower facilities and of course the lovely beach.Ideal for sunbathing, it offers crystal clear waters at warm temperatures and an unsually calm sea.

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  • Madalena do Mar

    Visitors stopping at the Madalena do Mar belvedere, 10 km from Ponta do Sol, can enjoy spectacular views along Madeira's south-western coastline. This place was once overcrowded with camping tents.. but they have long since dissapeared.

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  • The beach

    Ponta do Sol Villages or "Sun Point" is one of the sunniest villages in Madeira. It has excellent bathing conditions, although you won't find sand here... more a pebbly beach.

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Ponta do Sol Hotels

  • Estalagem Da Ponta Do Sol

    I'll have a long story here very soon, but it's still happening :-)

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  • Hotel Baia do Sol

    Rua Dr. Joao Augusto Teixeira, Ponta Do Sol, 9360-

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel da Vila

    Rua Dr. Joao Augusto Teixeira, Ponta Do Sol, 9360 - 215, Portugal

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

Ponta do Sol Local Customs

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    by solopes Updated Sep 25, 2014

    To preserve the endemic flora regional government has forbidden cattle in Paul da Serra area.

    Well... forbidden... you know... people have to live...

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Ponta do Sol Favorites

  • Bananas at Madalena

    Madalena do Mar has the biggest plantation of bananas in the island. 50% of the production are exported to Africa and Portugal. The banana planted in the Madalena do Mar is of Chinese origin.

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  • Some more

    The sugar was the main currency of exchange with the kingdom that, since the beginning, was requested for the national merchants. People changed a great variety of necessary products (tools, cloths, fabrics, roofing tile, ware, iron, salt, oil). It was sufficient for the consumption of the islands and the kingdom, and still enough to export to the...

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  • Some history

    There's no doubt that this town still appeared in century XV and due to its port and fertile lands. Progressed so quickly that, before 1486, already the population had its church, attributing itself it construction to Rodrigo Enes, one of the first colonists of Ponta do Sol.

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