Calheta is on Madeira’s sunny southwestern shoreline. Here, mountains rise precipitously above the sea, affording panoramic views. Calheta is home to Madeira Island’s only sand beach, a manmade, golden strand. Deep-sea fishing charters and sleek yachts set out from Calheta’s modern marina. Cabo Girão, east of Calheta, is one of Europe’s highest sea cliffs.