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Ten facts about Calheta district and
Paul do Mar

Ten facts about Calheta district and Paul do Mar in Madeira

  1. Calheta takes its name (creek) from a small inlet on the coast. It was raised to town status by royal charter in 1825
  2. Calheta was first discovered in June 1502 and governed by Zarco´s children making it one of the oldest regions in Madeira. It was originally a customs post for sugar exports.
  3. Paul do Mar and Jardim do Mar were venues for the World Surfing Championships held in Madeira in 2001
  4. Paul do Mar was only accessible by sea and by mountain paths until the 1970’s
  5. The south-west coast of Madeira, the Calheta and Ponta do Sol coasts are the hottest and sunniest.
  6. Calheta district is the Madeiran district with the most forest. The laurel forests of Madeira have been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
  7. There were at least eight sugar cane processing factories in the District.  Only one of them ‘Engenhos da Calheta’ now also a museum is still operating today with 200 year old steam crushing machines.
  8. The international award-winning ‘Casa das Mudas’ art centre in Calheta is divided into two parts, a mansion built in the 16th century that belonged to a granddaughter of João Gonçalves Zarco, the discoverer of Madeira, and a new, modern wing that blends in perfectly with the surrounding scenery.
  9. Calheta was one of the first areas in Madeira to be farmed.
  10. Also, it was one of the first places in Madeira to industrialise agriculture.

Paul & Iva Abbiati are contacts for private holiday houses and apartments in Calheta district and Funchal the capital of Madeira.

‘Sunny House’ Paul do Mar, Calheta district for example sleeps 5 and is 50 metres from the ocean front between banana fields in Paul do Mar. Its licensed by the Calheta authorities as a holiday house rental.

Call us today to find out more on 00351291872036 or e-mail us at: info@pauldomar.com

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