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Refreshing swims, The natural swimming pools of Porto Moniz, Coasts, Madeira
Refreshing swims

Shaped by the effects of erosion, Porto Moniz is to be enjoyed in both summer and winter.

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The natural swimming pools of Porto Moniz Portugal
By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Discover The natural swimming pools of Porto Moniz

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.

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The natural swimming pools of Porto Moniz

Ponta do Tristao, The natural swimming pools of Porto Moniz, Coasts, Madeira
Ponta do Tristao

The town was called Ponta do Tristao until 1533.

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A small, isolated town, The natural swimming pools of Porto Moniz, Coasts, Madeira
A small, isolated town

The town has only been accessible since the Second World War, once the road leading here was built.

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Refreshing swims, The natural swimming pools of Porto Moniz, Coasts, Madeira
Refreshing swims

Porto Moniz is home to natural pools of volcanic origin.

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Walking on the seafront, The natural swimming pools of Porto Moniz, Coasts, Madeira
Walking on the seafront

Porto Moniz boasts a promenade, lined with numerous shops, which runs down the length of the coast.

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The Madeira aquarium, The natural swimming pools of Porto Moniz, Coasts, Madeira
The Madeira aquarium

This aquarium is located in the historic fort of Joao Batista, built in 1730.

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