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Porto Moniz Natural Pools

The Natural Pools of Porto Moniz are natural treasures carved by nature, sculpted in volcanic rocks over countless cycles of history. For more information on Madeira, check out “Things To Do In Madeira“. To learn more about Funchal, visit “Things To Do In Funchal Madeira“.

  • Coordinates: 32.868036, -17.166351

The natural saltwater pools are adorned with marine life, creating a small, translucent mirror of the Atlantic’s ecology. The sound of waves crashing against the rocks sets the sunny and relaxing afternoon soundtrack.

Relax on the sun deck, rent a lounger and take a refreshing dip in the saltwater!

The natural pools of Porto Moniz are a wonder, with a swimming area of 4,000 m² and a sun deck of 3,000 m².

The best part is that you’ll never have to worry about touching the rocks, as the average depth is 2 meters!

The area is monitored by lifeguards year-round and proudly flies the blue flag.

There is also a playground, parking, bar, changing rooms, first aid station and rental services for loungers and umbrellas.

In 2018, CNN highlighted 52 of the best beaches in the world, one for each week. Portugal claimed two spots: Praia da Marinha in Lagoa, Algarve, and the natural pools of Porto Moniz in Madeira.

Water Temperature

The average annual water temperature is around 21 °C, higher in the summer, especially in September.


  • For visitors over 3 years old, the entrance fee is 3€. If you’re 4 years old, it’s time to count your coins!
  • Students and seniors can enjoy a discounted rate of only 1.50€.

Opening Hours

Open year-round, from 9am to 5pm in winter and from 9am to 7pm in summer.

Address & Contacts:

Morada: Praça Do Lyra Vila De Porto Moniz, 9270-053 Porto Moniz

Phone: 291850180

Where can I find the natural pools of Porto Moniz?

The Porto Moniz natural pools are in the northwest corner of Madeira island.

From Funchal, take Regional Road 101 towards Ribeira Brava. After driving for 14 km, you will reach a roundabout where you should take the third exit heading north on VE2.

After another 15 km, we take the third exit onto Regional Road 101 towards Porto Moniz. Continue for a few more kilometres until you reach your destination. The total distance is 50 km (50 minutes).


Madeiras Hotels

Where to Stay?

Aqua Natura Madeira

Nestled next to the natural pools, Aqua Natura Madeira boasts stunning views, modern rooms, local cuisine, and exceptional service. Book now for an unforgettable stay in Porto Moniz!

Things To Do Nearby

Porto Moniz is a charming municipality in Madeira that was isolated from the island and survived for decades as a fishing port specialized in whale hunting.

Originally called Ponta do Tristão, it marked the boundary between two captaincies: Zarco and Tristão Vaz Teixeira.

Though invisible, it was of great importance in the island’s history.

While in Porto Moniz, don’t miss the Madeira Aquarium, a subaquatic sanctuary that reproduces the different marine habitats of Madeira.

On your way to Seixal and São Vicente, you’ll pass by two must-see viewpoints: Eira da Achada Viewpoint and Véu da Noiva Viewpoint.

Oh, Porto do Seixal beach… It’s a scene that seems to have come out of a dream. Majestic mountains surround the beach, as if protecting it.

If you think you’ve seen everything in life, it’s because you haven’t visited the São Vicente Caves yet, where the rock formations make it seem like you’re in a science fiction movie!

To the southwest, the Achadas da Cruz cable car takes us to a small corner on the island’s northwest coast, surrounded by high cliffs on one side and the ocean on the other.

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