About 16 km from Funchal, this is one of the oldest settlements in Madeira, with the name coming from the stream that comes from the mountain. It may become furious under strong rain (brava means wild, or furious) and that happened a couple of years ago during the severe flooding.
The small pebble beach was invaded by tons of debris, but didn't spoil the beauty of the place.
Beach is not the main thing in Madeira - they are few, small, and without sand.
Ribeira Brava is no exception, but is was the larger and better pebble beach that I saw in Madeira.
May-June, when the heat comes but people don't flock to beach... yet, is festivity time.
All pretext is good to gather people eating, drinking, dancing, and having fun.
The popular saints, in June, are celebrated all over the country, each village concentrated in one of the saints, to free the other to the neighborhood.Being so touristy, Madeira couldn't be an exception, and, by the end of June the party was still on.
We had great fun in Ribeira Brava!
I will not forget - June 23rd in Portugal is to be lived in Porto or Braga, or, in Madeira, in Ribeira Brava.
The advantage is that, in Madeira, the festivities last longer, and we could attend it on the 29th, that, in the continent is reserved to St Peter.
Somewhat confusing, but the saints are friends, they don't mind, and the important is to party.