At the north-western tip of Madeira, Porto Moniz is renowned for its natural swimming pools formed in the volcanic reefs. Much sought after in summer, these pools filled with water renewed by the successive tides are flanked by cement terraces where you can lay out a towel. In the off-season, Porto Moniz also deserves a stopover due to its spectacular rocky coast whose basalt has been transformed into a stone filigree by the backwash and erosion.
The town was called Ponta do Tristao until 1533.© EASYVOYAGE
The town has only been accessible since the Second World War, once the road leading here was built.© Tetyana Bondar / 123RF
Porto Moniz is home to natural pools of volcanic origin.© Roman Plesky / 123RF
Porto Moniz boasts a promenade, lined with numerous shops, which runs down the length of the coast.© dinozzaver / 123RF
This aquarium is located in the historic fort of Joao Batista, built in 1730.© Henner Damke / 123RF