Ribeira Brava is a vibrant town on the south coast of Madeira, with panoramic views of the dramatic coastline. Ribeira Brava means 'wild river', as when it rains heavily in this area, the rain water rapidly runs down the mountains into the sea. It is a picturesque town surrounded by banana plantations, vineyards and fruit treas. There is a man-made black sand beach, a selection of restaurants, small shops and a large sports centre. The town is relatively untouched by tourism compared to other areas in Madeira and still relies on traditional industries such as agriculture, fishing and the production of Madeira wine. The local church Igreja de São Bento is open to the public and worth a visit to see its selection of preserved and valuable paintings from the 16th century.
We stay in the contemporary four star Hotel do Campo, located on the cliff side with extensive panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. This recently refurbished hotel includes a variety of facilities such as an outdoor pool, outdoor Jacuzzi, heated indoor pool, gym, games room and if you wish to really relax in style, you can use the hot tub, sauna and book a massage treatment for an additional fee. The hotel also has its own restaurant, a lounge and a reading room!
We stay in modern pastel coloured en suite bedrooms equipped with a hairdryer, desk, TV, telephone, safe, air conditioning, mini fridge, tea and coffee making facilities. Most rooms have a balcony facing either the pool or the sea.