Porto Moniz

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.

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Casa do Ribeirinho
Casa do Ribeirinho

A small house located in an agricultural area, surrounded by the picturesque landscape of the Madeira island.

Casa das Videiras
Casa das Videiras

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…

Travel Guide

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