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Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools

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Address: Rua do Lugar, Porto Moniz, Madeira 9270-156, Portugal
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+351 291 850 190
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Lovely pool

Worth to go! Cold ocean water but still nice to try unique pool. free to enter just grab a drink and jump to the water ;)

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Worth to go! Cold ocean water but still nice to try unique pool. free to enter just grab a drink and jump to the water ;)

Thank Edvinas B
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

In May we visited Porto Moniz. This place is small and known for its natural swimming pools between the rocks next to the see. There are two areas, we went to the one that was free (the other one has a small entrance fee). Despite the fact that it was windy and not too warm I went into the water.... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well, the water temperature was not very high in May... 18 degrees, but still it was a nice and refreshing swim and sought for chance to both get some sun and cool down. Beautiful views! Beautiful village. Dont forget the lava caves when in Porto Moniz.

Thank Peter S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great for a swim but even more for the pictures. Too many bus tourists that spoil the place though. But surely a must see. Swim will cost you 1 euro 50, a bargain. Bring swimming suit and towels and have fun with the sometimes big tidal waves...

Thank golfingaround
SF, California
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The town of Porto Moniz is small and other than the pools, restaurants and few shops and aquarium there is not much there. However the view of the sea is reason enough to visit.

Thank seafare74
Shaftesbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took a local bus [No: 139, fun by RodoEste] which took us along the south coast to Cabo Girao - where the spectacular views both east and west are as superb as the glass platform over the 500 ft drop to the ocean! Then on to Ribeira Brava, and the bus zigzagged up into the central mountains via Encumeada.-... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We found out that there are some pools free of charge and a paid pool. It was cold, so not many people entered the free pools, and the paid pools were closed. It seems the paid pools have more of a wave, while the free pools are quite still. However, it was a quite enjoyable adventure to enter the pool... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There are two main areas where you can swim or paddle - one to the left of you as you face the sea where you pay and can swim in pools which, the other to your right which are free. I guess the free ones have less places you can access the water but they seem more natural to me... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The natural rock pools were formed as a result of ancient volcanic activity and the remnants of lava are very evident, at this North Western tip of the island. Whilst one or two of the pools have dried out, most of them are constantly being replenished by the boiling seas. It wasn't a particularly rough day when we visited but... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

spent several days in Porto Moniz absolutely loved the rock pools. The water was still quite cold but we managed to swim everyday loved the waves crashing over the wall in the one pool. The stairs into the pools make it easy for anyone to get in or out they had painted the stairs with a paint which doesn't get... More 

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