Porto da Cruz is a small village, in the municipality of Machico, in the northeastern side of Madeira, a Portuguese island. It's enclosed by the mountains of Paul da Serra. Pico do Larano (765m/2509ft), Pico da Suna (1040m/3412ft) and Pico da Maiata (766m/2513ft) are the highest points. Its name derives from a cross (Cruz), that the explorers placed on a loch, that once used as a port (Porto).
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Surfing in Ponta do Sol, Ribeira Brava, Madeira Portugal
The high tableland of Paul da Serra is one of the highlights of the region. The warm seawater offers the right conditions for relaxing and enjoying the calmness that a beach can provide you with. But when the waves get mad with this calmness, they challenge you to take your board and run for surf. Ponta do Sol beach is an exposed reef break that works only with the right conditions.
Winter and autumn are the best times of the year for riding the waves. In winter, the waves swell size is from 2-3 m (6.5-10 ft) and the wind blows offshore 40%. In autumn the waves swell size is from 1.3 to 2 m (4-6.5 ft) and the 19% of the time is 2-3 m (6.5-10 ft) and the wind blows offshore 44%. In summer, the wind blows offshore 41% and we have waves with swell size 0.5-1.3 m (1.5-4 ft). In spring the waves swell size is from 0.5 to 2 m (1.5-6.5 ft) and 2-3 m (6.5-10 ft) 16% of the time and the wind blows offshore 53%.
There are surf schools with experts at your disposal, in case you need. In ponta do Sol, you can also find comfortable accommodations and other leisure activities to do.