Calheta, Madeira

Discover what to see in the population of Calheta, in Madeira.

Calheta, Madeira
Calheta
©Francisco Correia - Turismo da Madeira

Calheta is the most important population of the Southwestern coast of Madeira. It is a fertile region of orange roofed houses lost in a sea of banana trees, vines, and sugar plantations.

Here, the garden of each house is decorated with beautiful geraniums of different colours, mauve bougainvillea and lush passion flowers of.

A good moment to visit Calheta is between the 7th and 8th of September, when the Nossa Senhora de Loreto festivities are held and the streets are covered with flowered carpets.

In the town, it is worth highlighting the Igreja da Calheta Church which, although plain in the façade, has a fascinating inside. There you will find a huge ebony silver tabernacle donated by the king of Portugal Manuel I, and a wooden roof in Mudejar style.

Attached to the church is found the sugar syrup factory, adding a sweet smell.

In this city you can also visit the Centro de Artes Casa das Mudas Art Centre, which has two branches, a stately home dating from the 16th century, and a new wing characterised by its modern architecture.

In the surroundings, it is worth visiting two churches: Loreto, 2 km far from Calheta; and the Capela dos Reis Magos Chapel, settled in Lombo dos Reis.

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