Ribeira Brava

Ribeira Brava

"To the west, one league from Campanário, lies Ribeira Brava...The stream (ribeira) is so furious when it is full that it sometimes takes many houses and causes a lot of damage, because it comes from great mountains and high hills, and it is for this reason they came to call it Brava (wild)."

Gaspar Frutuoso, 16th century


Ribeira Brava is one of the oldest settlements of Madeira Island. This municipality was created in 1914.

Ribeira Brava is a municipality situated on the south coast of Madeira Island, made up of four parishes, namely Ribeira Brava (municipal seat), Campanário, Serra de Água and Tábua.

These parishes have their own local government, and are situated along regional roadways.

In 2001 its population was about 12500 inhabitants, covering an area of 65.1 km2.

The main economic activities are agriculture and the fishery. These activities support the villages in this regions. However, there are also commercial services in the city centre of Ribeira Brava, which provide daily support for locals.

Must-see Places:
Promenade of Ribeira Brava
Madeira Ethnographi Museum
Belveder at Cruz - This beautiful belvedere is just a few minutes from Ribeira Brava.

Festivals and Events:
On June 28th and 29th, in Ribeira Brava, we celebrate a festival dedicated to Saint Peter.

Church of São Bento
Fort of São Bento

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