A true hidden gem in Madeira is Poço dos Chefes. Situated in Curral das Freiras, this pool is becoming very popular with locals from the island to cool off in the summer heat.
Poço dos Chefes is a natural reservoir where swimming and diving into its refreshing waters are allowed. It was created by locals who built a dam around the sides of the river to create a deeper pool. Poço dos Chefes is located in one of the most beautiful areas of Madeira in the Valley of the Nuns (Curral das Freiras) and can be accessed by public buses directly from Funchal in under an hour.