Ribeira Brava – (enchanted) valley
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If you are passing through Ribeira Brava you should know that the town is located on the south coast of the island, and the origin of its name is due to its river, which in rainy seasons the waters bravely coming down toward the sea.
The village itself is set in a beautiful landscaped setting, contrasting urbanization with the lush green mountains that connect the valley from one side to another.
Find out the main points you should pass over this municipality:
São Sebastião viewpoint, with a privileged view of the Atlantic coast, here, you can marvel at the visual panel below the village and look at the most mountainous points.
Espigão viewpoint, located on the site of São Paulo, high zone of one of the hill that cover the valley, offers you a beautiful view over the Ribeira Brava town, Serra de Água and Encumeada.
If you are thinking to dare yourself on a Levada walk know that the municipality of Ribeira Brava have which is waiting for you!
Levada do Norte, formed by a section among Boa Morte and Serra Serra de Água (Hydroelectric Power Station) and traces: Boa Morte – Eira do Mourão – Espigão – Ribeira do Pico – Ribeira do Poço- Ribeira da Achada (Hydroelectric Power Station).
The Municipal Beach, is located in the town center area and it has good conditions to take long baths in the sun and even enjoy with your partner the magnificent sunset.
In this space you will find two swimming pools, restaurant and bar, bathrooms and dressing room.
Calhau da Lapa, located in Campanário, and is situated on the hillside background.
To arrive on this little hideaway know that the only ways of access are by locomotion, but be aware it is a steep descent, or by boat, mooring at the pier.
Arriving you will encounter a series of caves dug between the mountain which gives a peculiar beauty and also some houses of local residents.
Historical and Culturar Patrimony
If you are looking for monuments of great historical and cultural heritage worth your visit São Bento Church, built in the center area and, with festivities scheduled for June in honor of the saint.
Sagrada Família viewpoint chapel, built on Eira Mourão was founded by a madeiran emigrant. In this spot you can find several living spaces where you can spend a beautiful day with your family, while enjoying the views.
Also deserving highlight is the Madeira Ethnographic Museum, with the propensity to research, documentation, conservation and diffusion of traditional Madeiran culture as well as the Solar dos Herédias, which is currently the town hall head office.
Joining these spaces is the São Bento Fort, which currently is the tourist office.
If you are in the Fort you should not fail to notice the lighthouse erected on the mountain, and walking through an old tunnel is the port.
In direction of Encumeada, it’s a mandatory stop passing by one of of the most famous taverns in the area, located in Serra d’Água, so you can drink the famous regional Poncha accompanied by peanuts or lupines
To end your journey through Ribeira Brava take the chance to buy a souvenir in the village, a memory of the trip.