Ponta Do Sol trip planner
Create a fully customized
day by day itinerary for free
Ponta Do Sol
Ponta do Sol is a municipality in the southwestern coast of the island of Madeira, in the archipelago of Madeira. The population in 2011 was 8,862, in an area of 46.19 km².HistoryThe settlement of Ponta do Sol began shortly after the discovery of the island of Madeira, around 1420.GeographyPonta do Sol is located between Ribeira-Brava and Calheta, on the southwest coast of Madeira, linked to Funchal (the capital) and surrounding communities by the main regional road.The municipality is crossed by a few pedestrian hiking trails, that usually follow the levadas (aqueducts) carrying water from the mountains.Human geographyAdministratively, the municipal government is located in the civil parish of Ponta do Sol, while local government is handled through the three civil parishes: Canhas Madalena do Mar Ponta do Sol - in 2011, the parish had a population of 4,577 inhabitants, in an area of 27.45 km²EconomyHistorically, the main sources of income in this region has been agriculture, fishing and trade. Ponta do Sol's main harbour, although small, was a crucial commercial gateway to the western part of the island. These importation and exportation businesses fostered the creation of new activities in what became the central part of the community and created a flow of goods into the hinterland (such as local and imported goods).Today, commercial activity is scattered throughout the municipality, while the port area of Ponta do Sol has declined in importance. In its place, the economy of the municipality has been dispersed to other parishes, particularly Canhas, which were essentially agricultural parishes, but have developed into important economic nodes, while still retaining its rural landscape. While agriculture remains the primary activity in the interior, and the fisheries industry has declined significantly, construction and industrial enterprises have conquered a prominent role in the municipality. The service industry, particularly tourism, has carved-out a portion of the income stream, with high-quality hotels or residential inns located in the countryside and urban centres.Make your own Ponta Do Sol vacation itinerary, with a little help from those that know the place like the back of their hands, by using our Portugal trip site.
Create a full itinerary — for free!
Plan your trip to Ponta Do Sol
Get a personalized planA complete day by day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Top tours near Ponta Do Sol
Madeira Valley of the Nuns Tour BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $20
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Amazing Skywalk, Cliff & Valleys Half day Tour in Open Roof 4x4 BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $42
Duration: 4 hours
Popular things to do in Ponta Do Sol
Places to visit with Ponta Do Sol
Recently planned trips to Ponta Do Sol
2 days in Madeira Islands BY A USER FROM GERMANY April, popular sights Preferences: April Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 4 days in Ponta Do Sol BY A USER FROM POLAND March, popular sights Preferences: March Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 12 days in Madeira BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM March, popular sights Preferences: March Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 13 days in Madeira BY A USER FROM FRANCE September, popular sights Preferences: September Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 5 days in Camara De Lobos, Ponta Do Sol & Calheta BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM April, outdoors, popular sights Preferences: April, outdoors Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 38 days in Madeira BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM September, popular & hidden gems Preferences: September Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium