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Porto Moniz

By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Our Editorial team's advice

Porto Moniz was named after one of the first settlers to come here: Francisco Moniz. The city is a small seaside town that attracts tourists but also the locals for its natural water holes, wonderful for swimming in. Many hoteliers have seen an opportunity to establish their business so ever since then, many hotels have cropped up in the area. Nevertheless, the downtown area remains 'intact' and retains its natural charm. Just 45 minutes away from the airport, Porto Moniz has a large variety of hotels to choose from. Remember that camping is forbidden in Porto Moniz.

To see

Porto Moniz has wonderful natural pools. These pools were created by secretions of volcanic lava, which have formed small steps at the foot of the cliff. The developments on the island allow you to get there without any problem. However, they are quite busy during the summer. If you stay in this area during summer, the city organises numerous events such as festivals and regattas.

To do

Make a brief visit to the cultural and scientific center, it's interactive and is a source of much fun for visitors young and old. The aquarium of Porto Moniz is installed in a replica of the fort of Sao Joao Baptista. Abandonned, the city bought it back in 1998 to restore it as it was in the past.

pros

  • +  The natural swimming pools.
  • +  The landscapes.

cons

  • -  The crowds in summer.

To think about

Visit in the autumn as the weather is a very pleasant 17°C to 20°C. In the spring, wait until March to avoid the rains. For a typical but very comfortable stay, choose a quinta (an old house transformed into a charming hotel). The cuisine is generally excellent, however, the swimming pool, proportionate to the number of rooms, is much smaller than in the larger hotels.

To avoid

For climbers, avoid climbing the Pico Ruivo (a 3 hour walk away from Pico Arieiro) due to the unpredictable weather.

To try

From swordfish to rabbit, octopus or cod - this is all typically Portugal. The corossols (cinammon apples), mangoes, papayas, passion fruit are a delight. For dessert or tea time, have a snack in one of the bakery-cafés in the centre of town with small cream cakes or cinnamon doughnuts.

To bring back

Stock up on local Madeira wine, gingerbread cakes (which keep for several months), hand embroidered fabrics in the form of tablecloths, towels, table napkins, handkerchiefs and shirts and basket items. To buy wine from Madeira, start by trying some in a factory. Visit the embroidery museum in Funchal to learn how to distinguish the authentic hand made product from the rest.

Weather Porto Moniz

These indicators are used as a set of criteria to predict overall weather conditions in Porto Moniz . The different indicators are there to help you prepare for your trip to Porto Moniz so you can make plans based on the weather forecast, whether it be a trip to the beach, walking, visiting attractions and museums or winter sports... Here you'll find a precise, overall weather score for each week in Porto Moniz , which takes into account temperature indicators, bad weather predictions, sunshine levels and wind speeds.

Weather November
Overall rating 57/100
  • Temperature indicators 62% Mild

    Maximim temperature between 20°C and 22°C, the perceived temperature is <30°.

  • Bad weather indicators 74% Light showers

    Light showers - averaging between 10.5mm and 17.5mm per week.

  • Sunbathing indicators 42% Sunny intervals

    Cloudy with sunny intervals (40% to 60% cloud cover).

  • Swimming indicators 46% Refreshing

    Sea temperature between 20 °C and 22°C. Wind speed between 4 mph and 7 mph.

  • Wind indicators 42% Breeze

    Moderate to strong winds (between 12mph and 18mph).

  • Humidity indicators 72% Normal

    Slight feeling of discomfort due air humidity registering higher than 65%.

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