Located on the sunny southern coast at the foot of a dramatic gorge
and only 20 minutes drive from Funchal you will find Ribeira Brava.
This village with a bustling seafront promenade, numerous shops and
restaurants is perfect for a one day stop. Ribeira Brava is one of the
first parishes of Madeira and became an important staging post on the
trade route during the 15th Centuary.
The village prospered in the cultivation of sugar which at the time
was the islands primary crop. The proceeds of the flourishing sugar
trade was used to help build the surprisingly grand parish church found
here in Ribeira Brava called the Igreja do São Bento.
You may find the town hall a little further on set in beautiful
gardens and jacaranda trees. This was built in 1765 and was once the
home of a wealthy sugar merchant.
The Ethnographical Museum is found a few minutes walk from the Largo
das Herédias, this museum was once a rum distillery which later became
a water-powered sugar cane and cereal mill. In 1996 it became a museum
which is dedicated to local crafts which give an insight to do the
development of the fishing and weaving trades. On the main road you may
find the João Carlos Abreu Collection which is museum where you may
find a wonderful collection of model horses.
Ribeira Brava is said to have gotten its name from the wild river
that used to flow here and which comes still comes alive after some
One of the main highlights in Ribeira Brava is it´s annual music
festival which takes place in October and the Festa de São Pedro at the
end of June.