This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Porto da Cruz. To help you make friends with Porto da Cruz before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Porto da Cruz, Portugal, is located at the northeast coast of Madeira. The archipelago is a very attractive tourist destination all year round. Madeira is situated around five hundred kilometres from the Portuguese mainland. The biggest attraction of Porto da Cruz is the beautiful nature and the surf. It is a well-known surf spot and offers some delicious local wine, as well. Only around two thousand five hundred people permanently live in the civil parish, which was originally founded in the sixteenth century. Getting there is easy -- you can take a bus service or rent a car in Funchal.
Most accommodations such as guesthouses and hostels in Porto da Cruz, Portugal, are comparatively small and cosy. You won't find large hotels or hostel chains. Most places offer free Wi-Fi and free parking. In addition to that, many places have a beautiful view onto the sea, so relaxation is really easy. If you want more options and if you are flexible, Funchal has numerous accommodations of every kind.
Water sports are very attractive in the area. Surfing and swimming are popular among tourists and locals. A local surf school offers courses for beginners. If you do not want to surf on your own, it is also good fun to watch the local surfers catch some waves. The village is also renowned for its wine. Check out the vinho seco americano (in English, dry red wine), which is made of a type of grape called americana. In September, you can also attend the so-called festa de vinho, a wine festival to celebrate this delicious local product. History lovers should walk up to Fortim do Porto da Cruz, the scenic ruins of a fort built in the eighteenth century. The small museum Museu Engenho Velho mainly displays a collection of antique tools and machinery, which were used on the island to produce wine and other goods.
Written by local enthusiast for Porto da Cruz hostelsFlo