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Ribeira Brava Beach

Nestled in a monumental valley on the west coast of the island, the village of Ribeira Brava reaches its climax in a serene sea. Click on Things To Do On Madeira for information on what to visit in Madeira. And read What To Do In Funchal at Night to discover the city.

  • Coordinates: 32.670746, -17.066649

Address: Marginal da Vila da Ribeira Brava

On the west side, near the city centre, with free access and a blue flag, it is monitored by lifeguards during the summer season. It boasts 2 fields (for football, handball, or volleyball), 2 swimming pools, one for adults and one for children, and excellent beach support infrastructure.


However, the bathrooms and changing rooms are paid. Sun loungers and umbrellas can be rented.

There is a parking lot in the vicinity.

The beach is inviting and peaceful, with pleasant temperatures and a gentle summer breeze. The average water temperature in the summer is 22 degrees Celsius, perfect for a refreshing swim.

Although not extensive, the beach is easy to walk or swim enough to enjoy the shallow waters, which is ideal for families with small children. With its breathtaking views, warm waters, and plenty of sand, it’s the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the summer.

By the seaside, we have magnificent views, with bars and terraces dotted along the coastline.

It’s a place for a walk, with gentle waves caressing the shore and palm trees swaying in the breeze.
The village of Ribeira Brava is named after the watercourse that runs through it, with a rebellious flow.

It houses an important cultural heritage reflected in the Ethnographic Museum of Madeira. Currently, agriculture is the main activity in Ribeira Brava.

Thanks to the fertility of its soils and favourable weather conditions, it is possible to grow bananas, grapes, and various types of vegetables.

Restaurant & Grill Muralha Terrace

With a charming view of Ribeira Brava beach and a magnificent sunset, the restaurant features a stunning outdoor area.

The octopus à lagareiro is recommended for 2 people.

Don’t forget to try the bolo do caco with garlic butter. Perfect for any time, whether as a snack or a complement to a meal.

Things to do nearby?

Campanário Viewpoint

On a left curve of the road from Campanário, we find this stunning view, stretching from Ponta do Sol to Ribeira Brava. It’s like floating above the island, observing the commanding ocean and the village’s coastline.

Ponta do Sol Beach

Just 5 km from Ribeira Brava, we found the charming Ponta do Sol Beach, a small and picturesque pebble beach on the west coast. Protected from wind and waves, it offers warm waters all year round.

Calheta Beach

It’s a true treasure. It’s an artificial beach with sand from Morocco, protected by breakwaters. The waters are calm and warm.

Fajã dos Padres

A few kilometres away, the Fajã Cable Car reveals a magical little beach, where the experience of a sunset is unforgettable. Fresh fish dominates the menu at the local restaurant.

Cabo Girão Skywalk

It is home to the highest cliff in Europe, with an incredible vertical drop of over 500 meters to the ocean below.

Formosa Beach

Just a 10-minute drive from Funchal, it features a vast expanse of 2 kilometres of volcanic sand.