Seixal is an unassuming town surrounded by a lush landscape of vegetable plots and terraces filled with grapes. Stroll along charming black-sand beaches, wade into natural swimming pools or venture out to explore the charming countryside scenery around the town.
Go for a walk through the cobbled streets of Seixal’s lovely lower town, which overlooks a stunning coastline bordered by rugged mountains. The grapes grown in the nearby vineyards are said to be the finest on the island, so be sure to stop by one of the town’s restaurants for a glass of local wine.
Head to the small harbor, where fishing boats bob peacefully in the calm water. Nearby, you’ll find Praia do Club Naval do Seixal, an attractive beach with a large natural swimming pool.
Be sure to visit Praia da Laje, also known as Jamaica Beach, which is found further down the coast and is nestled in a bay. Covered with black sand and pebbles, this tranquil beach is a perfect place to stretch out in the sun or cool off with a swim in the blue waters. Not far from Praia da Laje, you’ll find more clear pools at Piscinas Naturais do Seixal, which are also ideal for swimming.
Don’t miss Véu de Noiva, a waterfall located along the old road between Seixal and São Vicente. Tumbling into the ocean, this gorgeous waterfall takes its name from a Portuguese expression meaning “bridal veil.”
Take a trip to Chão da Ribeira, a town set in a valley overlooking Seixal. With farmland and plough sheds dotting the bed of a seasonal river, the valley is a picturesque spot to snap a few photos of the island’s countryside scenery. Chão da Ribeira is surrounded by Laurissilva Forest, part of the 37 acres (15,000 hectares) covering Madeira that have been collectively designated as a UNESCO site.
Seixal is located midway between São Vicente and Porto Moniz. It can be reached by bus or car from Funchal, along the road leading to Ribeira Brava.