Porto Moniz is in the most north-western point of the island.
One of the attractions of Porto Moniz is its beautiful natural salt-water swimming pools. These pools are filled by the tide with crysal clear salt-water and are surrounded by lava rocks. They are a favourite bathing venue for the locals and the tourists. An experience to try.
Porto Moniz’s main source of industry are agriculture and fishing with a small number of tourist type businesses the downtown area. At one end of the promenade is a Aquarium (the ‘Living Science Centre’ or ‘Centro de Ciência Viva’). The promenade connects the two natural salt-water swimming pools, with seating areas, coffee bars, snack bars, restuarants, and view points. Our restuarant of choice here is ‘Orca’ – fabulous menu, great views and a superb atmosphere.
Getting to Porto Moniz could be an interesting experience – it features a helipad. Other routes include driving along the north coast road via Santana from Funchal; or coming up the rift in the middle of island from Ribeira Brava; or driving around the island past Ponto do Pargo. You could also select to leave Porto Moniz and drive up to Paúl da Serra – a 1,600m high plateau! The rocks and seas at Porto Moniz are incredible, but the views from Paúl da Serra are spectacular!
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