Ten facts about Calheta district and Paul do Mar in Madeira
- Calheta takes its name (creek) from a small inlet on the coast. It was raised to town status by royal charter in 1825
- 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.
- Paul do Mar and Jardim do Mar were venues for the World Surfing Championships held in Madeira in 2001
- Paul do Mar was only accessible by sea and by mountain paths until the 1970’s
- The south-west coast of Madeira, the Calheta and Ponta do Sol coasts are the hottest and sunniest.
- Calheta district is the Madeiran district with the most forest. The laurel forests of Madeira have been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
- 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.
- 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.
- Calheta was one of the first areas in Madeira to be farmed.
- Also, it was one of the first places in Madeira to industrialise agriculture.
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‘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.
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