Madeira’s surfspots

Paul do Mar: this surfspot according to surf experts  has the best barreling waves (also known as tubular or tunnel waves) on the island. Both stand-up surfing and bodyboarding are practised at this spot. The ISA World Surf championships have been hosted on the islands which are better known to be held in areas such as Hawaii. Paul do Mar region of the island is respected throughout the surf community as it offers eight metre high waves and fantastic tubular tunnels. The World Big Wave Championships 2001 was held at Paul do Mar.

Ponta Pequena: another perfect right-hander. Punta Pequena is situated between Jardim do Mar and Paul do Mar

Lugar de Baixo: really hollow and fast.

Sao Vicente: on the north coast is a calmer spot suitable for beginners and intermediate surfers. Here a surf school is based.

Jardim do Mar: the right-hander. Surfing at Jardim is only for the experienced as the waves break large. They start at around two metres and reeling right-handers can reach five metres sweeping along the rocky point.

Jardim do Mar was documented in Jacob Holcomb’s film “Lost Jewel of the Atlantic”.

The beaches off Funchal, Madeira’s capital, sometimes have fun left-handers.

Surfing Madeira Island

Surfing Madeira Island

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Porto Moniz

Porto Moniz  is a municipality in the northwest corner of the island of Madeira. It is located west of Santana and Machico, and northwest of Funchal, linked to Santana and Funchal by a main roadway from Calheta.

Four parishes of Porto Moniz include:

  • Achadas da Cruz – the smallest parish in population and area, sharing the highest parish definition with Ribeira da Janela;
  • Porto Moniz – the largest parish by population (1700 inhabitants) and density (81/km²), it includes the settlement of Santa Maria Madalena and main settlement of Porto Moniz, which is located southeast of Ponta do Tristão, which is the northernmost point on the island (at 332 m above sea level)
  • Ribeira da Janela – the smallest parish in density, but one of the two highest parishs in the municipality;
  • Seixal – the largest parish by area.

Porto Moniz has a few schools, a few lyceums, a gymnasium, banks, a post office, a small port, beaches and squares or plazas (praças). It also has a large open-air swimming pool, which has been mostly formed out of natural rock pools.

Porto Moniz

Porto Moniz

Natural Swimming Pool

Natural Swimming Pool

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