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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Spa
“The natural swimming pools at Porto Moniz are formed by volcanic lava, naturally filled with crystal-clear sea water. The natural pools of Porto Moniz are the highlight of the village of Porto Moniz. The natural salt water swimming pools are made up of volcanic rock, into which the sea flows naturally.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Spa
“The natueral pools of Porto Moniz are a must visit, even if the weather doesn't alow a swim, it is beautiful to see and the drive up there is nice too! ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Hostel
“One of my favourite towns to visit on the North West side of the Island, it beholds magisterial landscapes created by centuries of molten lava rock freezing and solidifying to create such unique pieces of architecture. The municipality of Porto Moniz features a breath-taking natural complex of lava pools which are extremely popular to locals and tourists. ”
  • 29 locals recommend
Aquarium
“The Madeira Aquarium, in the village of Porto Moniz, represents the various habitats of the Madeira marine world over the course of 12 tanks. The Madeira Aquarium, located in Porto Moniz, next to the harbour, is an asset to the entertainment and cultural programme of Porto Moniz. The Aquarium building was constructed in the old fort of Saint John the Baptist. The ruins of the fort were bought in 1998 by the Porto Moniz Municipal Council, which restored the fort to its original design, while its interior was adapted to its new function as an Aquarium. The Madeira Aquarium is comprised of 12 exhibition tanks where the various habitats of the Madeira marine world are represented. The most imp”
  • 2 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Due to the long established fishing tradition on the island, fish plays an important role in the daily diet of the locals. Tuna, espada (black scabbard fish), bacalhau (codfish), gaiado (a regional fish treated like codfish) and potas (similar to a huge squid) feature in many main courses. A must eat is the espada with banana, which is a very successful combination of a soft white fish with a strong tropical flavour. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Campground
“Porto Moniz tem as melhores piscinais naturais de água salgada da Europa e zonas de caminhadas em várias levadas do concelho.”
  • 1 local recommends
Hostel
  • 1 local recommends

Top restaurants

Seafood Restaurant
“Due to the long established fishing tradition on the island, fish plays an important role in the daily diet of the locals. Tuna, espada (black scabbard fish), bacalhau (codfish), gaiado (a regional fish treated like codfish) and potas (similar to a huge squid) feature in many main courses. A must eat is the espada with banana, which is a very successful combination of a soft white fish with a strong tropical flavour. ”
  • 2 locals recommend

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