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CALHETA

 

If you’re looking to visit Madeira, it is paramount that you visit Calheta. Why? Because this small municipality on the southwest coast of Madeira is home to stunning views, rich history, and diverse Portuguese culture.

And there are so many things to do in Calheta. Whether you’re looking for idyllic Mediterranean beaches, delicious Portuguese food, and gorgeous parishes, Calheta has precisely that!

The Calheta region is home to 12,000 locals. And the town is between the southern and the western end of Madeira. Historians believe the name derives from the small bay or cove serving as its port. That area is where Zarco entered when he docked – leading to the name Calheta.

Furthermore, The Municipality of Calheta has a total of eight parishes, these include: Arco da Calheta, Calheta, Estreito da Calheta, Fajã da Ovelha, Jardim do Mar, Paul do Mar, Ponta do Pargo and Prazeres.

Here are our Top 10 reasons to visit Calheta Madeira:

Calheta Beach

Calheta Beach

Calheta Beach Madeira is one of the most incredible beaches on Madeira Island. The village opened the artificial yellow sand beach in 2004 – it has attracted countless visitors ever since. Visitors love the idyllic blue seas, endless sand, and sunbathing area of over 7,300 square meters.

Also, Calheta is the first town in Madeira with an artificial beach, and the village imported the sand from Morocco! But regardless, it is perfect sand to relax on!

Ponta do Pargo Lighthouse

Ponta do Pargo Lighthouse

The Ponta do Pargo Lighthouse is 290 meters above sea level, and locals lit the lighthouse on the 5th June 1922. Ponta do Lighthouse dominates the skyline, situated on the cliff’s top, it remains a superb attraction in Calheta Portugal.

Moreover, visitors enjoy outstanding views from the lighthouse – and it is a beautiful hike because you’ll be able to appreciate Calhetas beauty from 322 meters!

Mother Church of the Holy Spirit

Mother Church of the Holy Spirit

Locals built the Mother Church of the Holy Spirit in the late fifteenth century and finished it in 1639 in a Manueline and Mannerist style. And it remains classified as a heritage building because of the architecture and religious significance.

And the parish celebrates three festivals: the Holy Spirit, the Blessed Sacrament, and the Feast of Nossa Senhora. It is a great spot to see in caCalheta Portugal.

 Sugar Cane Factory

Sugar Cane Factory

The Sugar Cane Factory has a history that dates back over half a century. And you can find some of the oldest sugar cane in Madeira. Locals founded the Calheta Milling Company during an era of significant industrial development in the second sugarcane boom, towards the end of the 19th century.

Furthermore, it is a prime example of historical sugar cane production, and with 50 years of history, it is one of Maderias oldest mills and heading here is a top thing to do in Calheta!

Art Gallery of Prazeres

Art Gallery of Prazeres

Calheta dedicated the Art Gallery of Prazeres to the development and diffusion of plastic arts. And the Gallery of Prazeres emerges in a rural environment, joining a project created to develop cultural traditions in the local population.

Also, there are different art exhibitions at different times, and it’s a good idea to check out what’s on before. It is the top gallery in Calheta Portugal.

Casa das Mudas Arts Centre

Casa das Mudas Arts Centre

The Casa das Mudas Arts Center has earned international awards for its architecture and sleek integration into the landscape. And the gallery hosts various exhibitions, musical performances, plays and lectures.

Furthermore, the gallery covers a construction area of 12,000 m², and the gallery built an extension to the existing Calheta Culture House, where the gallery currently operates in Calheta Madeira.

Ponta do Pargo Lighthouse Museum

Ponta do Pargo Lighthouse Museum

The Ponta do Pargo Lighthouse Museum first opened in Calheta Portugal in 2001. And the museum presents various stones of Madeira's lighthouses, photographs, documentation, and a panel exhibition regarding the history of Madeira.

And in 1999, the island regarded it as local heritage, but the initial lighthouse has stood at 300 meters above sea level since 1922.

Paúl do Mar Beach

Paúl do Mar Beach

The Paúl do Mar Beach is a peaceful beach in Calheta Madeira. Locals also call the beach the Ribeira das Galinhas beach. Surfing fanatics regard the beach as one of Europe’s best surf beaches, hosting a Billabong Challenge and the National Surf Championship in 2000.

Moreover, the beach is full of biodiversity and the main fishing beach in the archipelago.

Santo Antão Viewpoint

Santo Antão Viewpoint

The Santo Antão viewpoint is on the cliff top of Achada de Santo Antão. And the viewpoint offers a superb view over Madalena do Mar and Calheta. It is one of the greatest views of Calheta Madeira.

Also, visitors will be able to see the stunning sea seas, rugged coastlines, and luscious cliffs of Calheta.

Piarro Viewpoint

Piarro Viewpoint

The Piarro viewpoint is on a slope that overlooks Calheta beach, and visitors will see incredible views of the beach, the Village Marina, and the Casa das Mudas Arts Center from here.

Furthermore, you can find the viewpoint in Lombo do Doutor site and the view will bless you with spellbinding views of Calheta Madeira, be sure to bring your camera as the views of the idyllic blue coastline is sublime!

As you can see, there are so many incredible things to do in Calheta, Madeira. The region is heaven for surfing enthusiasts, hikers, architecture and art lovers, and people looking to relax on beaches.