Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools, Porto Moniz

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A tropical paradise created by natural phenomena, Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools sit in the nonwestern section of Madeira near the small town of Porto Moniz. These volcanic pools, formed ages ago by lava flow meeting the waters of the Atlantic, attract swimmers from around the world with their natural layout and sweeping views of the ocean. The surrounding rocks reflect in the crystalline pools, creating an impression of an underwater world filled with craggy stone pillars. Try to time your visit for late afternoon or early evening, when the reflections of the setting sun blur the line between sky and water. Our Porto Moniz online trip builder makes visiting Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools and other Porto Moniz attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • The place is pretty even when the pools are not very natural. As you will see, there is a lot of the man's work in this place as almost everything is covered by cement.  more »
  • Excellent surrounding and very impressive. Unfortunately due to safety reasons the pools were closed when we visited, however would definitely visit again when the weather is better.  more »
  • I can't give a higher rating as the pools were closed because of the enormous wave breaking over them but the setting is magnificent. The closure was totally justified. We were staying in the hotel...  more »
  • Absolutely brilliant. For only €1.50 you have lifeguards, changing rooms, showers and toilets and can experience the force of the Atlantic safely. Totally exhilarating. Excellent roads to travel there too, through lots of tunnels so no driving off the side of a cliff!!!
  • Great value!! Awesome location only 1.5 euro entry with good changing and toilet facilities. Then swim in the 'bracing fresh' water whilst watching the waves pound the rocks around you. Enjoy.
  • The natural swimming pools are really nice and well maintained. All the area around the pools is very nice. The place offers the option to rent a chair, there are showers and the toilets are all very clean. There is also a restaurant and the prices are nice and the food is good! A nice place to go during your holidays in Madeira
  • I loved the pools! They have life guards who watch over you, showers, changing rooms and admission is only 1.50. You can stand on a wall and let the ocean waves splash you. Super fun :)
  • Not totally natural swimming pools but are well looked after. Pools have been created from natural volcanic strata but have been managed to ensure good water supply to pool. Water is sea temperature and not naturally heated.

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