Calheta Municipality in Madeira Island

Calheta

Calheta

Calheta Municipality in Madeira Island

Calheta has 115.65 km ² and 11,521 inhabitants (2011), subdivided in 8 parishes.
The Calheta is the Madeira largest municipality in extension. It was the area chosen by João Gonçalves Zarco, the Madeira discoverer to make a large donation of land to his son João Gonçalves da Câmara and Beatriz Gonçalves.
 
Calheta became a village 72 years after its founding, on July 1, 1502, through a charter signed by King Manuel I. House of nobles and knights, perpetual region their names in local place names: Lombo do Doutor e Lombo do Atouguia.