Sign Up
Newsletter Signup
Free Fodor's Newsletter

Subscribe today for weekly travel inspiration, tips, and special offers.

Passport: Your weekly travel wrap-up
Today's Departure: Your daily dose of travel inspiration

Madeira Travel Guide

Porto da Cruz

The little fishing village of Porto da Cruz is a charming village on the northeast coast. Plenty of bustling cafés and restaurants gather round an attractive little harbor. At its western end there’s a great seawater swimming pool right on the seafront, which is popular in summer. Take the seafront promenade past here for an attractive walk to the Companhia does Engenhos do Norte, a

working rum distillery—you can peer inside to look at its giant wooden barrels used to store the aguardente liqueur. This firewater, a sugarcane brandy, can be tasted at any bar in the village. It's far more palatable when tasted as part of the island's famous cocktail, poncha, mixed with honey and lemon juice.

Read More

Explore Porto da Cruz

Advertisement

Advertisement

Trip Finder