Ribeira Brava Travel Guide

  • Ribeira Brava - Madeira
    Ribeira Brava - Madeira
    by solopes
  • Ribeira Brava - Madeira
    Ribeira Brava - Madeira
    by solopes
  • Ribeira Brava - Madeira
    Ribeira Brava - Madeira
    by solopes

Ribeira Brava Things to Do

  • S João

    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....

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  • Beach

    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.

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  • St. Bento Fort

    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.

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  • Encumeada

    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.

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  • Town Hall

    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.

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  • Church details

    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.

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Ribeira Brava Hotels

  • Hotel Do Campo Eco

    Estrada de Banda d' Alem, 25, Ribeira Brava, 9350-232, Portugal

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Faja dos Padres

    Estrada Padre Antonio Dinis Henriques, 1, Quinta Grande, Ribeira Brava, 9300-261, Portugal

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Dorisol Pousada Dos Vinhaticos

    Serra d'Agua, Ribeira Brava, Madeira, 9350-306, Portugal

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

Ribeira Brava Restaurants

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    by solopes Updated Sep 25, 2014

    It was not easy to find a restaurant in Ribeira Brava for a quick meal. We ended in this esplanade, where, in the eve, we had a drink.

    Well, it was not a quick lunch, but the food was good at a normal price

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Ribeira Brava Nightlife

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    by solopes Updated Sep 25, 2014

    We had nice moments in Ribeira Brava, at night, joining st John's festivities. So good that we went there twice. Of course, the nights in common days must be different but, we must search for the opportunities, and there are many saints to celebrate.

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Ribeira Brava Local Customs

  • Popular Saints

    Like elsewhere in Portugal, the three popular saints (Anthony, John and Peter) are pretext for popular festivities. In Ribeira Brava we had fun. A pity, that it all end in June!

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  • Pig for Christmas

    Since always that the habit exists to kill the pig during the Christmas time. In the old times, acquiring meat was just for the wealth families. People used to eat vegetables that they cultivated and the animals that they created. Habitually the pig created itself during the year so that in Christmas it had meat for all. It is still today very...

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  • St. Peters feast

    Going to St. Peters feast is already a custom between the Madeirenses. In this festivity, in ends of June of 1879, the old tradition reappeared to take place. In a procession the small boat of St. Peter, brings the sacred and profane component, being later announced in 1883 the inclusion of the dance of the swords.

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Ribeira Brava Off The Beaten Path

  • Serra d'Agua

    Its name derives from the construction of a primitive device destined to the cut of wood, name that, later extended to all the parish. The parish of Serra d'Agua, is situated in a extensive, deep and pressed valley, encircled by high mountains. The scenary is impressive as you can find.

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  • Madeira History Museum

    Going up the Street of the Visconde and for the street of S.º Francisco you'll find the old House and chapel of S.º Jose. The building of the current Museum was housing of Captain Luis Goncalves Da Silva. Years later the old house was converted into an industrial unit, with a device to grind sugar canes (some of these elements still are visible in...

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  • Pico da Cruz

    Situated between a valley, Ribeira Brava has a magnificent viewpoint or miradouro, from where you can observe all the extension of the village, as well as the maritime coast, getting of this place magnificent landscapes.

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Ribeira Brava Favorites

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    by solopes Updated Dec 19, 2014

    Favorite thing: When I visited Ribeira Brava, it has been severely hit by severe flooding, but it was completely recovered - only in the beach the signs of the dragged rocks and garbage were still present. Your visit will not be disturbed.

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