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Ponta Do Sol Beach
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Ponta Do Sol Beach featuring a coastal town, a pebble beach and swimming

This pretty beach is an ideal place for a relaxing stroll along the coast. It’s also the perfect starting point for diving excursions. 

Ponta do Sol Beach is a pleasant pebble beach surrounded by rugged cliffs and lined with charming cafés. Known for being one of the sunniest places in Madeira, the beach is a wonderful spot to relax and bask in the warm sun and go for a dip in the calm coastal waters.

Tucked away in a little cove, the beach’s grey pebbles stretch for 525 feet (160 meters) along the coast. The Atlantic Ocean moderates the climate in Ponta do Sol, creating constant spring-like weather throughout the year. Dive off the platforms above the beach’s emerald waters, or simply lie on a sun lounger and listen to the crash of the waves.

Join a game of volleyball on the beach’s court or walk along the peaceful waterfront promenade, which runs from one end of Ponta do Sol village to the other. Bordered by palm trees, the promenade offers lovely views over the bay. Look for the 19th-century jetty, which served as the town’s only connection to the rest of the world until the mid-20th century.

Cool off with a drink at one of the bars or restaurants found nearby the beach. Linger in the late afternoon to watch a spectacular sunset.

Sign up for an excursion with a local diving school. The most popular trip explores the wreck of the Bowbelle, a dredging ship that operated on London’s River Thames before infamously colliding with a cruise ship in 1989. After being sold to a company in Madeira, the ill-fated ship sank off the coast of Ponta do Sol, where divers can see it today.

Take trips to nearby beaches such as Madalena do Mar and Lugar de Baixo. Madalena do Mar offers more excellent spots for swimming, while Lugar de Baixo’s waves make it a popular destination for experienced surfers.

Ponta do Sol Beach is located in southern Madeira in the town of Ponta do Sol. Parking is available by the beach.

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Estalagem Da Ponta Do Sol
Estalagem Da Ponta Do Sol
4 out of 5
Caminho do Passo, 6, Ponta do Sol
The price is $124 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26
Situated near the beach, this spa hotel is steps from Beachside Square and Ponta Do Sol Beach. Church of Our Lady of Light and Ethnographic Museum of Madeira ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (41 reviews)
"Beautiful hotel set in an amazing location. The outdoor swimming was lovely. Staff extremely friendly and helpful. I would highly recommend this hotel!"

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2020

Estalagem Da Ponta Do Sol
Enotel Baía do Sol
Enotel Baía do Sol
4 out of 5
Avenida 1 de Maio, Ponta do Sol
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Situated near the beach, this hotel is steps from Church of Our Lady of Light and Ponta Do Sol Beach. Beachside Square and Ethnographic Museum of Madeira are ...
4.3/5Excellent! (195 reviews)
nice stay overall
"Great location and spacious room with a delicious breakfast. Downside room keys deactivated before check out 12 o’clock and got locked out."

Reviewed on Jan 6, 2020

Enotel Baía do Sol
Da Vila
Da Vila
Rua Dr João Augusto Teixeira, 6, Ponta do Sol, Madeira Region
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Situated in Ponta do Sol, this hotel is steps from Beachside Square and Ponta Do Sol Beach. Church of Our Lady of Light and Ethnographic Museum of Madeira are ...
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Estalagem Da Ponta Do Sol
Estalagem Da Ponta Do Sol
4 out of 5
Caminho do Passo, 6, Ponta do Sol
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Enotel Baía do Sol
4 out of 5
Avenida 1 de Maio, Ponta do Sol
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4 out of 5
Estrada Regional 358, Ponta do Sol, Ponta do Sol
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Luxury Apartment With own Private Garden,entrance and Terrace
Luxury Apartment With own Private Garden,entrance and Terrace
Ponta do Sol, Madeira Region
Luxury Apartment With own Private Garden,entrance and Terrace
Luxury Apartment With Its Own Private Garden, Private Entrance And Terrace
Luxury Apartment With Its Own Private Garden, Private Entrance And Terrace
Ponta do Sol, Madeira Region
Luxury Apartment With Its Own Private Garden, Private Entrance And Terrace
Ponta do Sol Villa, Sleeps 7 with Pool
Ponta do Sol Villa, Sleeps 7 with Pool
Ponta do Sol, Madeira Region
Ponta do Sol Villa, Sleeps 7 with Pool
Sunflower House Overlooking the sea and Mountain
Sunflower House Overlooking the sea and Mountain
Ponta do Sol, Madeira Region
Sunflower House Overlooking the sea and Mountain
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The Little Nest
Ponta do Sol, Madeira Region
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