Porto Moniz, Madeira, Portugal

Every time I surf Pinterest looking for things and places to add to my bucket lists, I am almost always completely mesmerized and awed by the fact that there is still so much of the world, completely foreign to me, things I would never have believed existed. And believe me, was I surprised, to discover the occurrence of these natural swimming pools along the Portugal Sea.

Porto Moniz is in the northwest corner of the island of Madeira. The Locale features a natural complex of lava pools that are popular with locals and tourists. The Natural Pools of Porto Moniz are swimming pools formed by volcanic lava, where the sea enters naturally brings crystal clear water. They are the great “ex-libris” of the village of Porto Moniz. The area, which has an area of 3.800 m², also has a children’s pool, playground and disabled access. This beach also has a car park, locker rooms and changing rooms with lockers to store personal belongings, snack bar open in the summer season, first aid, sun loungers and parasols for hire.

The gates of this paradisiacal Ort are open during summer from 9:00 to 7:00 p.m. and in winter from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The island of Madeira is lapped by the waters of the Gulf Stream with warm comfortable summers and mild winters that make it an enchanting holiday destination all year round. There are a lot of things to do, when visiting, Including-

  • Eating Out
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping
  • Scuba Diving
  • Surfing
  • Santa Cruz Aqua Park
  • Madeira Theme Park
  • Levada Walking
  • Whale and Dolphin Spotting
  • Fishing
  • Santa Maria Ships
  • Cable Cars
  • Ferry to Porto Santo
  • Riding, Tennis and Golf
  • Balloon Rides
  • Monte Toboggan rides
  • Madeira Story Centre

The madeira-web.com rightfully describes the journey as “Once you arrive you’ll probably think there’s nothing much to do around here. Life seems to have stopped or only to be moving very slowly in this place. But, the attractions of this small parish are hidden and you’ll have to take a closer look to find them. One of them is the old sugar cane factory, which is still operating the same way, as it was when it started with the sugar production in 1927. It boasts a 26 meter tall tower and when it’s working you might even see steam coming out! Also not to be missed is the place known as Penha d’Águia, an imposing rock that separates Porto da Cruz from Faial. Getting up there might be a challenge, as the road is very steep, but the songs of the birds will help you on the way up and once you get there you’ll be sure it was definitely worth it. The views from Penha d’Águia are absolutely amazing!”

Porto da Cruz is also famous for its wine. Known as ‘vinho seco americano’ (dry red wine made of a type of grape called americana), this local product is the theme for a celebration usually happening in September (Festa do Vinho).Take a moment to enjoy some of the fish and shellfish of the north coast, and don’t forget to try the grilled limpets!

Yet another wondrous adventure awaits you at the steps; of the blue and white landscapes of this awe-striking place – Porto Muniz!

Here, ‘Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.” (Muir)


About Moulshree Rana

A lost and quiet soul, searching for something here and there, fuelled by wanderlust. With thoughts that wander off the edge of the world - Hand me a pen and my hand now has its own mind, gliding over pages expressing the incomprehensible. Over-thinker. Dreamer. Dauntless. Awkward. Clumsy. A little crazy. Sunshine mixed with a little hurricane. Easily inspired and awed; and that's what keeps me going – knowing that there's still another nook to find. Still another idea to pen. An Avid Poet and a humble blogger @ wordsweavesuchmagic.blogspot.in


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