Ponta Do Sol - Madeira Hotels
Mini guide to Ponta Do Sol - Madeira
Ponta do Sol, meaning 'Sun Point', is a region blessed by more sunshine throughout
the year than any other part of Madiera. It boasts breathtaking landscapes and
encompasses the three parishes of Ponta do Sol, Canhas and Madalena do Mar.
Nestled dynamically on each side of a deep ravine is the district capital of
Ponta do Sol. The city's houses are scattered on both sides of the River Ponte
do Sol, which flows down from the Pico da Arco Mountain. Ponta do Sol was founded
in the 15th century by a Flemish sugar grower. The major site here is the 15th
century Church of Ponta do Sol.
Ponta do Sol offers excellent bathing conditions, although the beach is made
up of pebbles instead of sand. You'll find other major beaches in Madalena do
Mar, Anjos and Lugar de Baixo. The warm sea water and the excellent sunbathing
areas are perfect for relaxing downtime.
Madalena do Mar belvedere is 10kms from Ponta do Sol and offers spectacular
views along Madeira's southwestern coastline. Extended forests and the high
plateau of Paúl da Serra are the highlights of this area.
Ribeira Brava ('wild stream') is a small town on the southwest coast of the
island. The town boasts many street cafés and shops, and is certainly
the place to spend a few hours taking in the sights and sounds. Many new facilities
keep the locals entertained; while the long sunshine hours on the western coast
attract many bathing fans.
The quickest and most convenient way to reach Madeira is via a flight from
Lisbon, taking just 1 hour, 30 minutes. There are between 9 and 13 daily flights,
depending on the season. In addition, TAP has four direct flights daily and
British Airways flies non-stop three days a week from London to Funchal. Trip
time is four hours. In Madeira, airplanes arrive at Aeroporto de Madeira, east
of Funchal, at Santa Cruz.
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