Located in the northern part of the island of Madeira, Porto Moniz County covers an area of 80.4 km2 and comprises the parishes of Porto Moniz, Achadas da Cruz, Ribeira da Janela and Seixal. The parish which gave origin is one of the oldest in the North of the island, referred to in Royal Charter of March 12, 1574, being elevated to the category of municipality the October 31, 1835. Interestingly, this Council came to be suppressed and again established on three occasions: between 1849 and 1855, between 1867 and 1871 and finally extinct for the last time in 1895 and restored the February 13, 1898. The current name of the County is due to one of the first settlers of the island, Francisco Moniz, nobre Algarve married to a granddaughter of João Gonçalves Zarco, browser had as big settlement booster who settled around the chapel of Nossa Senhora da Conceição, which also built. This agglomeration was devoted mainly to cattle breeding, grain planting and timber extraction. Later, around 18TH century, activities turned to viniculture and the culture of potatoes which, in the 19th century constituted the productive base and livelihood of the population. Today, the municipality of Porto Moniz bet on a more diverse economy, which highlights a strong growth of the tourism sector, in particular in the field of catering and hospitality. Aware of this development, increases the quality of life of inhabitants and visitors, greatly because of the County's investment in basic infrastructure such as accessibility and education, culture, health, defense and preservation of the environment or the sewerage. Porto Moniz is a municipality bestowed by mother nature, where the sea and the Earth combine in unforgettable and amazing landscapes.
What to do in Porto Moniz
Floresta Laurissilva de Chão da Ribeira
This area of the parish of Seixal encompasses a portion of the vast area of laurissilva forest of Madeira original currently occupies 22% of the surface of the island. It is characterized by a humid subtropical climate and large trees, mostly Lauraceae, white wood and cedar wood, forming an ecosystem of high importance. Is classified as a UNESCO World Natural …
Teleférico de Achadas da Cruz
A teleferic that connects Achadas da Cruz to the beach, with views of Porto Moniz.It is not advised for those who suffer from vertigo but gives a panoramic view of the green slopes and of the ocean.
Aquário da Madeira
Madeira's Aquarium was inaugurated in September 2005 and is located in a replica of the fortress of São João Baptista.It is composed of eleven exhibition tanks that represent the different maritime habitats in the archipelago with several fish species and the recreation of various atmospheres.
Piscinas Naturais do Seixal
Located in the picturesque village of Seixal, these natural swimming pools are formed by the black volcanic stone and have showers, bathrooms, soalriums and a bar
Piscinas Naturais de Porto Moniz
Sown among the rocks, these pools are the ideal place to relax, swim and sunbathing are formed from volcanic rocks that it gave peculiar shapes. Provides 3800 m2 of swimming area and 3200 m2 area of solarium, are open all …
Miradouro do Véu da Noiva
A belvedere located on the old road that links São Vicente to Seixal. The belvedere is called Véu da Noiva (Bride's Veil) due to the proximity of a waterfall that flows strongly downhill. Its foam reminds one of the most …
Centro de Ciência Viva de Porto Moniz
A Centre of Live Science open since 2004 as a new leisure space allied to science. It has science exhibitions and the visitors may interact with the exhibited items. The museum has an area where one can use computers and …
Forte de São João Batista / Aquário da Madeira
A replica of the ancient Fortress of São João Batista that stood in the very same place, built in 1730, due to the pirates attacks on Porto Moniz. In 1998, the Town Hall acquired the ruins and recovered them fully …
Praia de Ribeira de Lage
A small black sand beach, hidden among rocks that has a unique sort of beauty.Also known as Praia da Jamaica (Jamaica Beach) due to the existing palm tree plantation.This complex is surrounded by the green mountains that contrast with the …
Praia de Porto Moniz
A beach by the natural pools at Porto Moniz, a true "ex-libris" of the region.These peculiarly shaped volcanic rocky formations create water basins, great for tourism, where one can do some beach.
Frente de Mar do Seixal
A walk by the sea, at the village of Ribeira da Lage, charcaterized by its steep cliffs.
Levada dos Cedros
The Levada dos Cedros is one of many irrigation channels typical of wood, originating in the outcrops of Lombo do Cedro, at about 1000 m altitude, on the hillside East of Ribeira da Janela. Along the canal, you can see …
Up to date tourist information about the city's top attractions
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Where to eat in Porto Moniz
Mediterranean, Portuguese, Regional, Seafood restaurant
A restaurant located in a tradtional building, unique because it is on a rock surrounded by the oce…
Restaurante dos Apartamentos Gaivota.
A restaurant located at the Seixal fishing port area, near Porto Moniz, with a simple and welcoming…
Mediterranean, Portuguese, Regional
A restaurant of regional specialities, with a magnificent sea view.
Mediterranean, Portuguese, Seafood restaurant, Vegetarian
Situado numa pacata vila do norte da ilha, o edifício onde se encontra o restaurante Vila Baleia fo…
Brazilian, International, Portuguese
Where to sleep in Porto Moniz
The Casa das Videiras (House of the Vines) was built in 1867 and later restored and adapted for tourism. A special note to the magnificent garden thet surround…
A small house located in an agricultural area, surrounded by the picturesque landscape of the Madeira island.
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