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Category: Cities , Municipalities & Parishes

Santa Cruz

It is in this county on the east coast, situated about 18 km from the capital, that the Madeira International Airport is located. Throughout several cultural exhibitions that display works by regional artists and others take place at Casa da Cultura de Santa Cruz…

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Ribeira Brava

Located on the south coast of the island, the municipality of Ribeira Brava has an area of approximately 65.10 km2 with about 12,500 inhabitants. Ribeira Brava became a town in 1928. Its main economic activity is agriculture; from the cultivation of land comes sweet…

Calheta

With an area measuring roughly 116 km2 (corresponding to about 15% of the Island), Calheta is the largest municipality on the Archipelago. Situated on the far south western part of the Island, it was among the first regions to be populated. There are 8…

Prazeres

The name of this parish originates from a small chapel dedicated to ‘Our Lady of Prazeres’. Blessed by Mother Nature with an amazing beauty, this village is without any doubt one of the most picturesque of the island! This small village also offers the…

Ponta do Sol

Situated on the south coast of the island, Ponta do Sol is currently the county seat, and has about 8,200 inhabitants in its area of 43.3 km2. This is considered the hottest municipality of the island; it is also here where the sun shines…

Funchal City

The name of Funchal derives from Foeniculum vulgare plant, the fennel plant. Reports at the time indicated that upon disembarking on the island, the first sight was a dense grove valley and an abundance of fennel plants essential in food and traditional desserts. Despite the abundance…

São Vicente

The village owes its name to São Vincent possibly due to the fact that when the first settlers of this northern area descended through Encumeada and toward the São Vicente valley they found numerous crows flying over the valley, and remembered the Spanish martyr,…

Porto Santo Story

João Gonçalves Zarco and Tristão Vaz Teixeira discovered the island of Porto Santo in 1418 during the reign of Dom João I of Portugal.According to records the island was at first named ‘Holy Port’ by its discoverers as they found shelter here from a…

Câmara de Lobos

It was this traditional fishing village, situated five kilometres from Funchal, which inspired Sir Winston Churchill to paint its lovely surroundings. The village was given its name by the explorers João Gonçalves Zarco and Tristão Vaz Teixeira because of the shape of its bay and…

Santana

Characterised by its small thatched triangular houses, Santana is a beautiful village on the north coast. These small houses, built of natural stone and thatched with straw, have served the locals for centuries as stables and dwellings. This region, which comprises six parishes (Arco de São…