I will not forget - June 23rd in Portugal is to be lived in Porto or Braga, in Madeira in Ribeira Brava. The advantage is that, in Madeira, the festivities last longer, and we could attend it on the 29th, that, in the continent is reserved to St Peter. Somewhat confusing, but the saints are friends, they don't mind, and the important is to party. Isn't it?
The Fort of St Bento was ruined in the XIXth century by French pirates. In 1916 its recovery took place.Today perfectly adapted to the visual context of the village, the fort serves of Tourist Office.
On many days a fascinating display of clouds arriving from the north and curling their way down the southern slopes can be observed. At the pass don’t miss out on the opportunity of going on a very enjoyable levada walk. An overnight stay is possible in the state run Pousada dos Vinhaticos.
Next the Church you'll find the old housing of the founder of the Ribeira Brava, the Visconde of the Ribeira Brava, Francisco Correia Heredia. The City council possess a magnificent interior garden, with innumerable natural species. It is an ideal place for a small stroll folloied for the beauty of the nature.
It has its origins in a small chapel dedicated to this saint in the 15th century, that was later altered and expanded to become the parish church. The panels depicting the Virgin with Jesus, with S. Bento and S. Bernardo beside her, are of rare artistic standard. The reveal Flemish influences, as does the image of Our Lady of the Rosary, dated from the 16th century.
Beach is not the main thing in Madeira - they are few, small, and without sand.
Ribeira Brava is no exception, but is was the larger and better pebble beach that I saw in Madeira.
The towe has fantastic tles or "azulejos" dating the 15th century. The arquitecture is also unusual.The church has its main body divided by two series of five arches, into three naves.