Ribeira Brava Municipality in Madeira Island

Ribeira Brava

Ribeira Brava

Ribeira Brava Municipality in Madeira Island

Ribeira Brava has 65.40 km ² and 13,375 inhabitants (2011), divided into 4 parishes. The origin of the name is due to its river (Ribeira Brava) that in rainy seasons had a very strong flow, reaching wreak havoc over the eight kilometers of the route. Situated just fifteen kilometers from Funchal, the municipality of Ribeira Brava has a cultural heritage which are part the Ribeira Brava Parish Church, a small fortification, the São Bento Fort, the Madeira Ethnographic Museum, housed in an old house that worked from the nineteenth century as plantation of sugar cane crushing and production of brandy and a small core museum dedicated to religious art, where the treasure of the Matrix is kept.
 
We can still find the old house of the founder of the Municipality, Francisco Heredia Correia, Viscount of Ribeira Brava. In ancient manor, dating from the eighteenth / nineteenth, is located the town hall, having inside a magnificent garden with many natural species.