Porto da Cruz

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Church in Porto da Cruz

Porto da Cruz
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Porto da Cruz (Madeira)
Porto da Cruz
Basic data
Autonomous Region: Madeira
Concelho: Machico
Coordinates: 32° 46′ N, 16° 50′ WCoordinates 32° 46′ N, 16° 50′ W
Residents: 2597 (as of June 30, 2011)[1]
Area: 25.22 km² ( as of 1 January 2010)[2]
Population Density: 103 inhabitants per km²
Height: 0 m

Porto da Cruz ([ˈpoɾtu dɐ ˈkɾuʃ] Eng. Port of the Cross) is a municipality in the district of Machico in the northeast of Madeira. As of 30 June 2011, Porto da Cruz had 2597 inhabitants in an area of 25.2 km².

Local parts

  • Achada
  • Cruz da Guarda
  • Casas Próximas
  • Folhadal
  • Larano
  • Maiata de Baixo
  • Maiata de Cima
  • Massapez
  • Referta
  • Ribeira Tem-Te-Não-Caias
  • Serrado
  • Terra Baptista

Location description

In the small central square of the village, there are several small shops, a pharmacy and a taxi rank, in addition to the church. In addition to the municipal administration, the town centre (Casas Próximas) also has a primary school, a large sports hall, the community centre, the local health centre and a home for the elderly. There are two small hotels and other private accommodation as well as several restaurants and bars.

Porto da Cruz is regularly served by local buses to and from the island’s capital Funchal and the island’s airport.[3]

Places of interest

Sugar cane factory

Founded in 1927, the sugar cane factory still produces using the same process as when it was established. A striking feature is the 26 m high tower, whose steam is visible from afar, drawing attention to the sweet production of rum and honey molasses.

Beach and sea water swimming pool

In 2004, the bathing complex ‘Praia da Alagoa’, a beach resort with modern facilities, was opened. The black sand beach is also popular with surfers as a start to the waves. However, bathing there is usually only possible when the sea is calm and the tide is low. There is also a seawater swimming pool, which operates in the tourist season, at one end of the small beach promenade of the village. Since it is located in a pool completely separated from the sea, bathing there is actually always possible during the season. Only in case of high waves, breakers can spill into the pool.

Eagle Rock

The Eagle Rock

About 1 km northwest of Porto da Cruz is the Eagle Rock, Portuguese Penha de Aguia, a famous mountain of Madeira.


  • José Ornelas Carvalho SCJ (* 1954), Portuguese clergyman, former Superior General of the Dehonians and Bishop of Setúbal
  • Padre Dr. Caetano Alberto Soares


Porto da Cruz is famous for its ‘Vinho seco americano’. This dry red wine is made from the grape variety ‘Americana’. In September every year, the big wine festival ‘Festa do Vinho’ takes place to celebrate the grape harvest.

Individual references

  1. – Indicator Resident population by Place of residence and Sex; Decennial in the database of the Instituto Nacional de Estatística
  2. Overview of code allocations of freguesias on

Web links

Commons: Porto da Cruz– Collection of images, videos and audio files