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Madeira Travel Guide

Ribeira Brava

This pleasant village, with a pebbly beach and bustling seafront fruit market, was founded in 1440 at the mouth of the Ribeira Brava (meaning "wide river"), hence the name. It's one of the island's sunniest spots and makes a popular destination for boat trips from Funchal. Head up the main Rua Visconde da Ribeira Brava for some quirky local shops—it also passes the back of the town’s handsome church.

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