This quaint municipality is located on the southwestern coast of the island of Madeira. The name Ponta do Sol translates to ‘Sun Point’ and is called this as it is the region where you will find more sun throughout the year than any other part of the island. Therefore if you are looking to stay somewhere with more or less guaranteed sun this is definitely a good place to consider.
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One of the most popular places to visit in the area is Levada do Moinho. This hiking trail is mostly dirt and rock so appropriate shoes are needed, it also goes around the canyon with some drop-off sections however there is a wire rope fence to keep hikers safe. There are great views along the trail and a picnic stop about three-quarters of the way down. On the other hand, another popular site to visit is Ponta do Sol Beach, it is a pebble beach but in a beautiful setting. The nearby town too is also great for exploring as the quiet, narrow streets lead to quaint shops, bars and restaurants where you can stop off for a bit to eat or buy a unique gift to take home. Alternatively, another popular hiking trail to Bica da Cana. This incredible viewpoint offers breathtaking views of the surrounding area, especially at sunset and sunrise as you are above the clouds! Overall, this is definitely not a view to be missed if you are staying in Ponta do Sol.
There is a good selection of accommodation for you to choose from for your holiday to Ponta do Sol including a variety of hotels, apartments and villas, many of which offer beautiful views of the surrounding area. Some of the most popular places to stay include Estalagem da Ponta do Sol, Enotel Sunset Bay, 1905 Zinos Palace and Varandas do Sol - Ponta do Sol.
You will find that Madeira airport is the closest to Ponta do Sol, it will take around 40 minutes to drive to which isn’t too bad but around 3 hours 15 minutes by bus. Therefore it is a good idea to consider hiring your own cheap rental vehicle as a way of getting around as it gives you much more freedom to explore at your own leisure.
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