Ponta do Sol

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Ponta do Sol featuring general coastal views

Visit this pleasantly secluded village, known for its dramatic sea cliffs, stunning coastal views and sunny weather. 

Explore Ponta do Sol to discover a charming town filled with red-roofed houses, quaint cobbled alleys and historic architecture. Meaning “sun point,” Ponta do Sol is said to receive more sunshine throughout the year than any other part of Madeira.

The town was once primarily an agricultural center and has a long history of prosperous sugar cane production. Today, Ponta do Sol is filled with lush banana plantations. Banana cultivation may be the backbone of the area’s economy, but new restaurants, bars and hotels are appearing steadily as Ponta do Sol’s repute as a vacation destination grows.

Take a look inside the town’s lovely 19th-century church, Nossa Senhora da Luz. Notice the biblical scenes painted on its wooden ceiling, the green ceramic baptismal font and gorgeous 17th-century tiles.

Walk down Rua Principe Dom Luis I and look for the John do Passos Cultural Centre. This facility honors the esteemed 20th-century American writer whose grandparents lived in the Ponta do Sol. The town is proud of its connection to this great writer, known for his U.S.A. trilogy novels. Spend some time in the cultural center learning about the writer; read some of his work in the library, browse artifacts in the exhibition dedicated to do Passos and see if there are any events on in the auditorium.

Go for a swim at the town’s main beach, Ponta do Sol Beach. Although this modest beach is covered with grey stones rather than sand, it’s an enjoyable place to take advantage of Ponta do Sol’s consistently mild weather.

Head up the hillside of Lugar de Baixo to see Zinos Palace. Originally built in the 19th century, this Romanesque building is considered to be an important example of Madeira’s historic architecture. After being abandoned for decades, the palace was renovated in the early 21st century and now hosts meetings, parties and other events.

Make Ponta do Sol your base for visiting Paúl da Serra, Madeira’s largest and highest plateau. At an altitude of 4,593 feet (1,500 meters), you can see stunning views over the surrounding valley and mountains.

Ponta do Sol is located on the southwestern coast of Madeira. It can be reached in about 30 minutes by car from Madeira’s capital, Funchal.

Villa Alto Boutique Hotel
Villa Alto Boutique Hotel
3 out of 5
Lombo De São João, Ponta do Sol
The price is £60 per night from 18 Oct to 18 Oct
Situated in the mountains, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Church of Our Lady of Light, Beachside Square and Ponta Do Sol Beach. Ethnographic Museum of ...
3.8/5 Good! (9 reviews)
Peaceful characterful hotel
"This hotel is uphill from Ponta do Sol and, having arrived from Funchal by bus, we were prepared to walk what looks on the map like a couple of kilometres. However, we decided to take a taxi and were glad we did, as the journey by road is more like 6 or 7 kms. The taxi was 10eu, quite reasonable. ..."

Reviewed on 1 May 2015

Villa Alto Boutique Hotel
Estalagem Da Ponta Do Sol
Estalagem Da Ponta Do Sol
4 out of 5
Caminho do Passo, 6, Ponta do Sol
The price is £103 per night from 7 Nov to 7 Nov
Situated near the beach, this spa hotel is steps away from Beachside Square, Church of Our Lady of Light and Ponta Do Sol Beach. Ethnographic Museum of Madeira ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (42 reviews)
"Beautiful hotel set in an amazing location. The outdoor swimming was lovely. Staff extremely friendly and helpful. I would highly recommend this hotel!"

Reviewed on 17 Mar 2020

Estalagem Da Ponta Do Sol
1905 Zino's Palace
1905 Zino's Palace
4 out of 5
Palacete do Lugar de Baixo, VE3 10, Ponta do Sol
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £89 per night from 21 Oct to 21 Oct
Situated by the ocean, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Church of Our Lady of Light, Beachside Square and Ponta Do Sol Beach. Ethnographic Museum of Madeira ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (5 reviews)
"Alles super goed. Alleen te weinig parking en geen lift"

Reviewed on 29 May 2021

1905 Zino's Palace
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Escarpa - the Madeira Hideaway
Escarpa - the Madeira Hideaway
3 out of 5
Caminho dos Anjos 16, Casa 4, Ponta do Sol, Madeira
Situated by the sea, this holiday home is within 1 mile (2 km) of Beachside Square and Ponta Do Sol Beach. Church of Our Lady of Light is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) ...
5/5 Exceptional! (5 reviews)
"Pool and views were amazing."

Reviewed on 10 Oct 2021

Escarpa - the Madeira Hideaway
Tabua Suite - ETC Madeira
Tabua Suite - ETC Madeira
3 out of 5
Estrada Regional 222, No. 321, Ponta do Sol, Madeira
Situated in Ponta do Sol, this beach apartment building is within 3 miles (5 km) of Ethnographic Museum of Madeira, Church of Our Lady of Light and Beachside ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (5 reviews)
Fantastic Stay, Staff & Holiday!
"With such a friendly welcome, It was such an amazing stay here at Tabua Suited. My friend and I came for 3 night, we were greeted by such a friendly lady (Unfortunately not sure of her name) however she made a lovely fruit platter upon arrival, went through the sanitization process upon arrival, ..."

Reviewed on 6 Oct 2020

Tabua Suite - ETC Madeira
Casa Marisa By Madeira-Alojamentolocal
Casa Marisa By Madeira-Alojamentolocal
3 out of 5
ER 222 Porta 134, Ponta do Sol, Madeira Region
Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Church of Our Lady of Light, Beachside Square and Ponta Do Sol Beach. Cabo Girao and ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
"La maison bénéficie d’une bonne localisation pour rayonner sur l’île"

Reviewed on 2 Mar 2019

Casa Marisa By Madeira-Alojamentolocal
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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