Calheta Beach

Calheta Beach enjoys a winning location on the golden sands of Calheta Beach at the foot of dramatic cliffs. The hotel boasts a large indoor and outdoor pool with sea views and sunbeds, and indoor and outdoor pools for the little ones, too. A well-equipped gym and spa provide the perfect excuse to indulge in plenty of pampering, while the on-site restaurants and bars deliver on a great night out. The hotel offers plenty of activities for all ages, including Portuguese lessons and aqua-aerobics sessions. Rooms are modern and fresh, with air-conditioning supplied as standard. Sea views are available as an optional extra.

Overview of Calheta

On Madeira’s southwest coast, Calheta is a small, laid-back town with two sandy beaches and a marina. Framed by a lush mountainous landscape, the beach is perfect if you want to laze on fine sand and cool off in calm waters on your holidays to Portugal. Thanks to its sub tropical climate, Madeira is home to banana plantations, rum distilleries, vineyards and sugar-cane production which give the region an exotic feel.

Things to do in Calheta

Calheta is a great place to discover Madeira’s cultural charms. After a day spent relaxing at Calheta Beach, head to the marina and tuck into a dish of espada, a black scabbard fish typical of Madeira, or lapas, limpets cooked face up in lemon and butter. Well fed, you can hit the beach for some windsurfing, scuba diving and water-skiing – just some of the exciting activities on offer. Calheta is also the ideal place to sit back and enjoy a glass of Madeira wine on a balmy evening. Evenings may be low-key here, but they are overflowing with wonderful food, drink and Portuguese culture. Welcoming bars along the marina throw their doors open for evening service as the sun sets over those incredible mountains. Calheta is packed with great food, drink and friendly locals. Add hours upon hours of sunshine and long stretches of sandy beach to the mix, and you’re pretty much guaranteed the perfect holiday.

Resort Summary

Calheta is located on the southern coast of Madeira. It’s a small town that sits in the middle of green hillsides of vineyards and forest. Its buildings are clustered around a picturesque marina lined with restaurants. You’ll find some interesting attractions to visit here, but Calheta holidays are really all about the two beaches near the harbour. They’re made with golden sand imported from Morocco, making them almost unique on an island that’s generally characterised by pebbly beaches.

These two bays are sheltered by sea walls, and the calm waters mean children can swim here without difficulty. Soak up the sun as you lounge on the sand, or if you’re feeling active, you can check out some of the many watersports on offer. Canoeing, water skiing and wind surfing are some of your choices.