It’s easy to miss the island of Madeira in the North Atlantic Ocean. Madeira is an island of Portugal closer to Morocco than Portugal itself. The island is most known for its tourist attractions and cruise port.
Located in the northwest corner is a small village that brings tourism to the island. The village is known as Porto Moniz. Porto Moniz is home to natural bathing pools that fill with crystal clear ocean waters. This unique attraction is surrounded by lava rocks and creates a beautiful summer vacation spot.
The lava pools are a great opportunity to relax, sunbathe, or take a swim. The pools create a 3,8000 square meter area for guests to enjoy. A child pool area can also be found here. Lockers, a shower and changing rooms are on sight. The snack bar is open during summer months. Be sure to bring a beach towel. The only downfall is when all sun beds are taken your last resort is laying your towel on the concrete.
Five lifeguards are posted as safety a precaution. Access to the lava pools is restricted during winter months due to safety concerns. At times mother nature may also create a natural “wave pool” that poses too much danger to visitors and the pools may be closed. A first aid center is open for added safety.
You can access Madeira by plane or ferry. The closest airport is Funchal Airport located in Madeira’s largest city, Funchal. A second airport is located on the nearby island of Porto Santo. Air and sea travel is accessible between the islands. Traveling to the lava pools provides a scenic trip in itself. Drive along the north coast from Santana for beautiful ocean views or opt to visit Paul da Serra for picture perfect views.
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