Created May 6, 1914, the municipality of Ribeira Brava has an area of 65 km2 and is formed by the parishes of Belfry, Ribeira Brava, Serra de Água and Tabua, located on the southwest coast of the island. Despite being the newest municipality of wood, is one of its oldest locations, having been populated since the beginning of the 15th century and, along with Funchal and Machico, one of the first parishes to be created, shortly after the death of the infante d. Henrique in 1460. Its origin is due to the Viscount of Ribeira Brava, Francisco Correia Herédia, the result of his passion for village, came to add the name curiously Ribeira Brava to your own name. It must be the first major improvement works such as widening and opening of streets, the construction of a small theater and the rebuilding of the Forte de São Bento. This name arose by association with the river that, in times of rain, featured a very strong flow, arriving to wreak havoc throughout its massive eight kilometres (five miles) of route. These days, the economy of the County lives essentially of agriculture, retailing and tourism, to which contributes the temperate Mediterranean climate, with Summers to achieve on average 27° C and winters too mild, with temperatures around 16° c. Grow potatoes, vegetables, kitchen gardens, extensive subtropical fruits and vines, and creates birds, pigs and goats. In handicraft, embroideries reign, basketry Wicker, patchwork rugs, the stuffing of bottles, jobs in matches, the works of cana and the Madeira embroidery in the screen.
What to do in Ribeira Brava
Fajã dos Padres
Paradisiacal spot, placed on a bay, at the basis of the famous precipice Cabo do Girão. Until 1998 the access was only made by boat, but now there’s a modern glass lift. There’s a small seaside resort which includes a restaurant, great conditions to go to the beach and fishing and some tourism houses.
Museu Etnográfico da Madeira
Opened in 1996, this museum is set on the former Engenho de Aguardente da Ribeira Brava. It exhibits permanent ethnographic collections, namely about fishing, transports, weaving, water mills, viticulture and cereal treatments. On another room are the temporary exhibits, to make known other themes related to Madeira culture.
Fajã dos Padres
Space set on magnificent scenery, serving up good regional dishes, especially fish.
Igreja Matriz de Ribeira Brava
Founded in the 15th century, the Chiesa Madre (mother church) of Ribeira Brava or St. Benedict has endured several interventions over time, Manueline, Mannerist features and Baroque. It offers a varied and rich collection of painting, sculpture, jewellery and carved …
Passeio Marítimo de Ribeira Brava
Ideal spot to walk and relax, offering beautiful views over the sea and the verdant slopes of the island. Along the way are some bars and restaurants.
Fortim de São Bento
Built by Governor Duarte Sodré Pereira to defense that anchorage, this small fort was built in the early 20th century in place of a previous 16th century fortification, dedicated to St. Sebastian, however destroyed by a massive mudslide in 1803. …
Praia de Ribeira Brava
Basalt-pebble beach located in the centre of Ribeira Brava, with good conditions to sea and sun bathing. It also has football and volleyball sand fields and two swimming pools.
Núcleo das Pratas
The parish church of Ribeira Brava exposes a collection of 66 silver pieces, including crowns, chalices and other materials in the 16th and 17th centuries.
Where to eat in Ribeira Brava
Mediterranean, Portuguese, Regional
Modern and simple restaurant with large windows offering great views.
Restaurant located at the Ribeira Brava Fire Station, serving up regional dishes, specially fish an…
Simple and modern space with a large, covered esplanade.
Where to sleep in Ribeira Brava
Hotel located at the Ribeira Brava village, 50 metres away from the beach and 2km away from the mountain. It offers modern and comfortable fittings with most o…
Set of 20 well equipped apartments, located at the Ribeira Brava village centre. It has a restaurant, a party room and a bar.
Hotel located near the mountains, the water-courses, the laurisilva forest and the Parque Natural da Madeira (nature reserve). Place of great natural beauty, i…
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