Located in the north of the island of Madeira, the current name of the municipality of Porto Moniz is due to one of the first settlers of the island, Francisco Moniz, an Algarve nobleman married to a granddaughter of the navigator João Gonçalves Zarco, considered a great driver of the settlement that grew around the chapel of Nossa Senhora da Conceição, which he also ordered to be built. Today, the municipality of Porto Moniz is betting on a more diversified economy, in which strong growth in the tourism sector stands out, especially in the area of restaurants and hotels. Porto Moniz is a municipality graced by mother nature, where sea and land combine into unforgettable and surprising landscapes.
What to do in Porto Moniz
Aquário da Madeira
The Madeira Aquarium is installed in a replica of the São João Baptista Fort and is made up of twelve exhibition tanks, representing the different marine habitats of the archipelago, with different species of fish and the recreation of various environments. The central tank holds 500,000 liters of salt water, an imposing body of water, similar to that of the …
Floresta Laurissilva de Chão da Ribeira
This area of the parish of Seixal covers a portion of the vast area of laurisilva, Madeira's original forest that currently occupies 22% of the island's surface. It is characterized by a humid subtropical climate and large trees, mainly laurel, whitewood and cedar, constituting an ecosystem of high importance. It is classified as a World Natural Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Teleférico de Achadas da Cruz
Cable car that connects Achadas da Cruz to the beach, with views of Porto Moniz. It is not recommended for those who suffer from vertigo, but it allows a panoramic view of the green slopes and the ocean.
Piscinas Naturais do Seixal
Located in the picturesque town of Seixal, these natural pools are formed by black volcanic stone, and are equipped with showers, bathroom, solariums and bar.
Piscinas Naturais de Porto Moniz
Located between the rocks, these pools are the perfect place to relax, swim and sunbathe. They are formed from volcanic rocks that gave them peculiar shapes. It has 3800 m2 of swimming area and 3200 m2 of solarium area, open …
Miradouro do Véu da Noiva
Viewpoint on the old road that connects São Vicente to Seixal. The viewpoint is called Véu da Noiva (Bride's Veil), due to the proximity of a waterfall, which gushes a strong torrent down the slope. Its foam is reminiscent of …
Frente de Mar do Seixal
Walk by the sea, in the town of Ribeira da Lage, characterized by steep cliffs.
Forte de São João Batista / Aquário da Madeira
Replica of the old São João Batista Fort located there, built in 1730, due to the pirate attacks on Porto Moniz. In 1998, the town's Municipal Council acquired the ruins, completely restoring it and giving it its original appearance, in …
Praia de Ribeira de Lage
Small black sand beach, hidden between rocks and endowed with unique beauty. Also known as Jamaica Beach, due to the existing palm tree plantation. This set is surrounded by lush green mountains that contrast with the blue sea.
Praia de Porto Moniz
Beach next to the natural pools of Porto Moniz, a true highlight of the region. These peculiarly shaped volcanic rock formations create water basins, with a large tourist charisma, where bathing is possible.
Miradouro de Ribeira da Lage
The cliffs of Ribeira da Lage offer stunning views of the sea, and you can see the small islets that dot the coast of this area of Madeira.
Espaço Multiusos de Porto Moniz
Space prepared to host exhibitions of community interest, currently featuring the permanent exhibition Laurissilva – UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Formações Rochosas e Poças de Porto Moniz
Rock formations on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, forming a set of small natural pools. This bathing complex is supervised by five lifeguards, and has a bar, children's playground, access for the disabled, car park and first aid station.
Levada dos Cedros
Levada dos Cedros is one of the many typical irrigation canals in Madeira, originating in the outcrops of Lombo do Cedro, at around 1000 meters above sea level, on the eastern slope of Ribeira da Janela. Along the canal, it …
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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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