Ponta do Pargo

Ponta do Pargo is a civil parish in the municipality of Calheta in the Portuguese archipelago of Madeira. In 2001 the permanent population within its borders was 1145, in an area of 46 km² that extended into the interior of this diamond-shape parish on the extreme western tip of Madeira (there were about 52 residents per square kilometre of land). It is located west of the municipal seat of Calheta, and southwest of the municipality of Porto Moniz: the main regional road meanders through the parish in the interior of this coastal enclave, linking it to Porto Moniz and Santana and Funchal to the east.

The iconic Ponta do Pargo Lighthouse located at the Ponta do Pargo escarpment

The iconic Ponta do Pargo Lighthouse located at the Ponta do Pargo escarpment

The patron saint of the parish is Saint Peter, on which an annual festival is celebrated on 29 June. Meanwhile other religious celebrations are important throughout the parish, including the romeiras or processions that travel from church to church throughout the island, in addition to annual celebrations at the churches of Nossa Senhora da Boa Morte (Cabo) in July and Nossa Senhora da Boa Viagem (Amparo) in August.
Non secular highlights include primarily the Festival of the Pêro, an agricultural festival dedicated to the apple, held annually in September in the locality of Salão. Culturally, the parish is supported by a dynamic collectivity, the Associação Desportiva e Cultural da Ponta do Pargo, established on 16 July 1999, which promotes and develops sports activities with the parish. Similarly, the Grupo de Cantigas Norte a Sul da Ponta do Pargo also establishes a collective support for the arts and music.

Ponta do Pargo

Ponta do Pargo

Ponta do Pargo

Ponta do Pargo

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