About Municipalities

About Municipalities

The Archipelago of Madeira is composed by Madeira Island, Porto Santo Island, Desertas and Selvagens Islands. Noweadays, Madeira Island has about 300 inhabitants throughout its 11 municipalities. These are: Funchal, Santa Cruz, Machico, Santana, São Vicente, Porto Moniz, Calheta, Ponta do Sol, Ribeira Brava, Câmara de Lobos and Porto Santo. Each municipality has several Parishes. The municipalities situated in the southern coast of Madeira Island are Calheta, Ponta do Sol, Ribeira Brava, Câmara de Lobos, Funchal, Santa Cruz and Machico. The others, namely Santana, São Vicente and Porto Moniz are situated in the northern coast of Madeira Island. Funchal is the capital of Madeira and thus, is the biggest municipality on the island. It comprises 10 Parishes, such as Imaculado Coração de Maria, Monte, Santra Luzia, Santa Maria Maior, Santo António, Saõ Gonçalo, São Martinho, São Pedro, São Roque and Sé. Santa Cruz only has 5 parishes: Camacha, Caniço, Gaula, Santa Cruz and Santo António da Serra. Also comprising 5 parsihes is Machico municipality. These are Água de Pena, Caniçal, Machico, Porto da Cruz and Santo António da Serra. Santana, located in the northern part of the island, comprises 6 parishes, namely Arco de São Jorge, Faial, Ilha, Santana, São Jorge and São Roque do Faial. São Vicente is one of the smallest municipalities. It Only has three parishes, such as Boa Ventura, Ponta Delgada and São Vicente. Porto Moniz has Achadas da Cruz, Porto Moniz, Ribeira da Janela and Seixal, as civil parishes. Calheta is the second largest municipality on the island. It comprises 8 parishes, namely Arco da Calheta, Calheta, Estreito da Calheta, Fajã da Ovelha, Jardim do Mar, Paúl do Mar, Ponta do Pargo and Prazeres. Ponta do Sol only has three civil parishes, such as Canhas, Madalena do Mar and Ponta do SOl. Ribeira Brava comprises 4 parishes: Campanário, Ribeira Brava, Serra d´Água and Tabua. Câmara de Lobos has five parishes, namely Quinta Grande, Jardim da Serra, Estreito de Câmara de Lobos, Curral das Freiras and Câmara de Lobos. Last but not least, Porto Santo Island only has one parish, which is Porto Santo.


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