Ribeira Brava ( port. Ribeira Brava ) is a village on the south coast of the island of Madeira , in the Autonomous Region of Madeira ( Portugal ), with a population of 5941 people (2001). It is the administrative center of the homonymous district (municipality) with an area of 65.10 km² and a population of 12,494 people (2001)  , which is washed by the Atlantic Ocean in the south, borders with the municipality of Ponta do Sol in the west, and the municipality of San in the north Vicenti and in the east - Camara di Lobos . Funchal, the island's capital, is 15 km away.
|History and Geography|
|Population||12,494 people ( 2001 )|
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In the past (before the entry into Madeira of the autonomy charter in 1976), the village was part of the Funchal Administrative District.
The patron saint of the village is considered to be São Bento ( port. São Bento ).
Village holiday - June 29 .
- 1 History
- 2 Demographics
- 3 Composition of the municipality
- 4 Economics
- 5 Tourism
- 6 Gallery
- 7 famous people
- 8 Notes
- 9 References
Ribeira Brava is one of the oldest settlements on the island. Its occurrence falls on the second quarter of the 15th century, as a crossroads in different directions of the island . In fact, the village arose at the mouth of a small river, which conditionally divides the island into two parts. The importance of this inner part of the island with its coast, as well as fertile soils led to the rapid growth of the village. The main activity of those times was the cultivation of sugarcane . In 1904-1908 a small harbor was built, for this purpose part of the western rock was destroyed  .
Establishment of a municipality - May 6, 1914 by separation of several municipal communities from two neighboring municipalities: Ponta do Sol and Camara di Lobos . The status of the village is from 1928.
|Municipality population by years|
|14 132||16 394||19,793||13,480||13 170||12,494||12 523|
Composition of the municipality
The municipality includes the following areas:
- Campanariu ( port. Campanário )
- Ribeira Brava ( port. Ribeira Brava )
- Serra de аgua ( port. Serra de Água )
- Tabua ( port. Tabua )
The economy of the municipality is dominated by agriculture and tourism . A significant part of its territory is mountainous, where livestock is concentrated.
The main mode of transport are buses and taxis.
Among tourists, the main Matrij church ( port Igreja Matriz da Ribeira Brava ), which was built in the 16th century, as well as the Ethnographic Museum of Madeira and the fortress, are popular. The building of the Ethnographic Museum of Madeira was once owned by Captain Luis Gonçalves da Silva. It was later transformed into a sugarcane processing workshop. In 1983, the Madeira Regional Government decided to establish a museum. Today, various exhibitions are held here, both temporary and permanent, dedicated to the culture of the island  .
The main church of the Matrix or Sao Bento
View of the village
Village on the background of the western mountain
- Nadia Almada is a British television star.
- Data from the Portuguese National Institute of Statistics (port)
- History of the municipality of Ribeira Brava Archival copy of July 8, 2007 on the Wayback Machine (port.)
- Sights of the village of Ribeira Brava Archival copy of July 8, 2007 on the Wayback Machine (port)