Porto Moniz

Porto Moniz
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Located in the north of the island of Madeira, the municipality of Porto Moniz has about 3,000 inhabitants distributed over a geographical area of 80.40 km2.
Porto Moniz was finally connected to the rest of the island after World War 2, when the emblematic road connecting Porto Moniz to the municipality of São Vicente was built. This road was literally dug into the hillside, and is occasionally crossed by waterfalls that flow into the sea. This is considered one of the most beautiful roads in wood. For safety reasons, due to falling rocks, today there are tunnels that shorten the distance, but still allow the passage through the most emblematic places along the road.
 
Besides Porto Moniz, three parishes make up this municipality: Achadas da Cruz, Ribeira da Janela and Seixal.
 
Porto Moniz
Porto Moniz owes its name to Francisco Moniz, married to a granddaughter of Gonçalves Zarco, who gave his name to the port and later it extended to the lands near it.
 
The natural pools of Porto Moniz are the ex-libris of the municipality, which is a major tourist attraction. This holiday complex consists of pools formed from volcanic rocks with very singular shapes, where the sea comes in naturally always providing fresh and clear waters.

In Porto Moniz, we can visit the Living Science Centre and Madeira Aquarium.
Achadas da Cruz
 
The parish of Achadas da Cruz is located in the extreme northwest part of the island of Madeira. It took long for Achadas da Cruz to have inhabitants, due to its altitude. Today, it is estimated that this parish has about 220 inhabitants.

Here, there is an annual traditional Cattle Fair, with an enclosure suitable for the event, where various products and materials related to agriculture are shown, and there are also many cultural and recreational activities.
When you visit this parish, you can take the Achadas da Cruz Cable Car for a nice trip, a secure and comfortable means of transportation linking the parish to the sea. This trip provides magnificent views of the green spaces of Porto Moniz and hills overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
 
Ribeira da Janela
Its name comes from a small island, which rises about 100 meters from the mouth of the stream, and which has an opening that looks like an open window. This parish has about 750 inhabitants living in traditional houses, in an environment of great calmness and tranquility.

In relation to economic activities, agriculture, some services and tourism homes in rural areas stand out.
In Ribeira da Janela we find the Viewpoint of Traquada that offers a wonderful view over the north of the island. This Viewpoint has tables and benches which can be used for picnics.

At the mouth of Ribeira da Janela there is a campsite with excellent facilities and various services and infrastructure to support campers.
 
Seixal
The parish was created in 1553, and currently has about 1,200 inhabitants. It is thought that the name descends from ‘seixo’, meaning stone or pebble. However, it is also said that its origin may stem from ‘seixo’, designating a plant species.

It is a land with conditions that attracts anyone who goes there, with a strong focus on natural resources. Regarding its cuisine, the main dish is the trout, a freshwater fish that grows locally. There are rural tourism units and small hotels.

Here you can enjoy pleasant moments at the Natural Pools of Seixal. This bathing area allows contact with the sea in pools formed by volcanic black stone, with a view of the mountains and nature that surrounds them.

Along the old road that connects the parish of Seixal to the town of São Vicente there is the “Véu da Noiva” Belvedere, from where you can view a waterfall that pours a strong load of water down the slope, reminding us of a bride’s white veil.

In this parish is the Chão da Ribeira, a wide valley surrounded by a rich variety of plants and vegetation belonging to the Laurissilva Forest, classified as a World Natural Heritage Site. Seixal also has a trout farm.
 
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