Porto Moniz Travel Guide

  • Porto Moniz
    Porto Moniz
    by hdv63
  • Porto Moniz
    Porto Moniz
    by hdv63
  • Porto Moniz
    Porto Moniz
    by hdv63

Porto Moniz Things to Do

  • The natural pools

    They call them "natural pools", but the bathing area is artificial enough to be safe. The view is nice, with the black colour of the rocks heavily contrasting with the light blue of the ocean, and the white foam.There are several natural small ponds in the wild rocks, and the complex is very beautiful.The use of the pools is paid but cheap, from...

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  • Wild coast

    I think that Porto Moniz has the most volcanic look of Madeira - the dark and aggressive rocks, contrasting with the bright blue of the water and the white of the foam compose a very beautiful image, with the secluded natural (?) pools inviting to swim, with the sea raging around.

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  • "Mole" islet

    A small islet in Porto Moniz was used to install the lighthouse. It is called "Mole" which means soft, but I can´t understand the name - the look is so hard as everything else in the area.

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  • Aquarium

    The old fort of Sj João Baptista, built in 1730 to fight the pirates, was recovered and transformed in Aquarium, housing more than 70 of local species.

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  • Cultivations

    The old village is not by the sea but a little bit high. This is because of pirates, who liked to pay a visit to Porto Moniz from time to time. As there was not a lot of space left, cultivations were done in terraces, which received water thanks to the famous levadas.Visiting the terraces is a nice walk from the town centre. Separated by only few...

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  • Natural Pools

    Porto Moniz is famous for its sea natural pools. There are two groups of pools: the west group is more “artificial” with plenty of facilities; the east group are more “natural”. I enjoyed going from one corner to another taking pictures from different angles. The second group was really beautiful! I guess that in summer time it gets really crowded...

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  • Fort Sao Joao Batista

    This fort was rebuilt in 1998. The original fort (1730) protected the village against pirates’ attacks. Legend says that Porto Moniz has an ancient furnace hidden in the rocks. It was used by its inhabitants to hide their values from pirates. Maybe a pot full of gold it is still waiting to be discovered!Nowadays the fort hosts the city Aquarium. It...

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  • Whale Watching

    The Madeiran waters are very rich in cetaceans, with at least 22 species recorded. After 40 years of hunting, whales and dolphins are now legally protected in Madeira. Fortunately, whales were not hunted to extinction, and today the whale and dolphin watching in Madeira can be a great experience of a day boat trip. Many agencies organise these boat...

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  • The Fishing Port

    Wandering around the fishing port is a good way to see a little bit of local life. When I was there in the afternoon it was very quiet. I suppose that it is busier in the morning, when the ship market with its fresh products is also opened. The port is small but its colorful boats are a good opportunity to take nice pictures.Next to the port there...

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  • Main Square

    Leaving the sea area behind, I start climbing some stairs until the old village. This is how the main square looks like. It is a nice place which offers nice wide angle perspectives and where one can find everything he needs in the village: the town hall, a bank, the cultural centre, some fresh water for hot summers . . .The black and white...

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  • Levada da Ribeira da Janela

    This is a nice hike at only few km away from Porto Moniz. This hike will allow you to discover the most wild places in the primary forest . La Levada da Ribeira de Janela was built in 1960 to feed the hydroelectric plant. It took 5 years for its construction because the topography was difficult and weather conditions were very bad at that time.The...

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  • The Church

    This is maybe the church that I liked most in Madeira. Standing in the middle of a small square with views over the sea, it is built in the traditional colonial style of Madeira.Inside, decoration is very simple: wooden furniture and white stucco. The vault is painted with many, many colours but it is not very painful to see. I liked how the local...

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  • The Island Divide

    The best part of our journey to Porto Moniz from Cabo Girao was the drive up to the Encumeada Pass summit with great roadside views.The now fast road that runs North from Ribeira Brava (meaning 'Wild River' or 'Wild Ravine') on the south coast continues over the centre of the island to Sao Vicente on the north coast. This route forms a natural...

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  • Porto Moniz - various info

    Several notes about different faces of Porto Moniz:1. Do not hesitate to ask for info in Moniz Tourist Office (opposite to the natural pools entrance). The service there is unbdouptedly well-oriented and helpfull.2. Do not be surprised when suddenly in the calm Moniz you see crowds of vistitors. Usually about midday to the town arrive the buses of...

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  • Porto Moniz surroundings

    Things to do in Porto Moniz region in accidental order:1. Bathing in Seixal (nice dark-sand beach) - see my Seixal tip on Madeira Island Page (MIP)2. Telesferico in Achadas da Cruz - village situated to south-west of Moniz. You can enjoy the travel of cable railway from hill to the coast.3. Lighthouse in Ponta do Pargo (west end of Madeira) -...

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  • In the Porto Moniz

    This is not a metropolis. It's not a corporate holidays resort too. In Moniz you will not find discotheques, kebabs, rollercoasters and thousends shops with Ronaldinho t-shirts or bathing towels with Pamela Anderson.So what can you do? (in accidental order):1. Natural swimming pools - main attraction (see my separate tip on Madeira Island page)2....

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  • Seixal Village

    Before you reach Porto Moniz Village you'll find another really picturesque village known as Seixal. There's a black sand beach with really good conditions. Worth visiting! Wear sandals on the black sand beach because dark colors absorb heat, makingthis sand hotter than at a normal beach. Also, lay a pallet beneath your beachtowel so the black sand...

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  • The promenade

    Walking in Porto Moniz is always a pleasure. Nice cafes with ocean view and well kept gardens will welcome you.

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Porto Moniz Hotels

  • Moniz Sol

    Vila do Porto Moniz, Porto Moniz, 9270-095, Portug

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • Residencial Salgueiro

    Vila do Porto Moniz, Porto Moniz, 9270-095, Portugal

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 2 out of 5 stars

  • Euromoniz

    Vila De Porto Moniz, Porto Moniz, 9270-095, pt

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

Porto Moniz Transportation

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    Taxis in Madeira

    by Wakanki Written Sep 4, 2011

    The best way to discover Madeira is by car. However buses connect all the main villages and have several departs per day.
    Some hikes’ starting points are difficult to reach by public transport. In this case taxi is a good option. You can arrange with the taxi driver the time and place to pick you up again once the hike is finished. For these kind of arrangements there is not a fix price and you can negotiate a little bit.

    Taxis in Madeira are not expensive at all, at least for European standards.

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Porto Moniz Local Customs

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    Azulejos

    by Wakanki Written Sep 4, 2011

    The azulejos technique was introduced by the Arabic people (al zulayd) in the XIIIth century. Since then azulejos -white ceramic tiles painted with different mottives- are very common in Madeira and are used to decorate spaces indoors and outdoors. Some churches on the island also have some azulejos panels inside, which tell about the saints’ lives.
    The exclusive use of blue colour comes from the influence of Chinese faiences, which used cobalt to get the blue colour.
    The azulejo on the picture decorates the main façade of Porto Moniz Church.

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Porto Moniz Off The Beaten Path

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    Natural carwash

    by myriam_c Updated May 3, 2003

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    On the northern coastal road between Porto Moniz and Seixal there are many waterfalls. Because of the numerous tunnels that have been built to make the driving easier, you cannot come close to these waterfalls ... unless you take the old road in the opposite direction: from Seixal to Porto Moniz. Follow the signs "Antiga 101". The road is in bad conditions and it's high on the cliffs but they made it a one-way road, so there won't be any oncoming cars which make it possible to stop from time to time under a waterfall to have your car washed. Like we did!! The water really rumbles down. (Some parts of the Antiga 101 may be closed).

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Porto Moniz Favorites

  • Narrow road

    The road to Porto Moniz was realy dangerous some years ago. Fortunatelly new tunels solved the problem. The old roads are still used by tourisme buses.

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  • The village

    I passed through the village moments that never I will never forget. The green that encircles the village makes us feel in perfect harmony with nature. The giant waves over the pools!

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  • The road between Porto Moniz and Seixal

    A very scenic drive is the northern coastal road between Porto Moniz and Seixal. 16 km of beautiful scenery with high cliffs, waterfalls, terraces with vineyards, etc.See more pictures in the travelogue.

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