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 potatoes, beans, vegetables, some cereal, fruit and wine.

The Church of São Bento, built in the fifteenth century and situated in the town of Ribeira Brava, boasts beautiful panels of clear Flemish influence, representing the Virgin and the Child, São Bento and São Bernardo. São Bento is the patron saint of Ribeira Brava, for whom the inhabitants express special devotion.

On 29th of June they celebrate with one of the most sought for festivals of the island in honour of Saint Peter.

The parishes belonging to this municipality are Campanário, Ribeira Brava, Serra de Água and Tabua.

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Text by Visit Madeira