Ponta do Sol is a resort where you will find more sun throughout the year than any other part of the island, which is why its name translates as Sun Point. It boasts breathtaking landscapes and encompasses the three parishes of Ponta do Sol, Canhas and Madalena do Mar.
Sprawling forests and the high plateau of Paúl da Serra are certainly highlights of this beautiful area. Furthermore, the council of Ponta do Sol offers excellent bathing conditions upon a pebbled stretch of coastline with warm seawater and excellent sublime sunbathing areas. The major beaches are those from Madalena do Mar, Anjos, Lugar de Baixo and Ponta do Sol.
The climate of Madeira is similar to that found around the Mediterranean or coastal California - Madeira has mild winters, and generally warm, sunny summers. The ocean moderates the climate so the island never suffers extreme heat or extreme cold. Winter months are slightly wetter - especially in mountain regions, however these spells only last a day or two at a time. In winter there is typically 5 - 6 hours of sunshine, and in Summer there can be up to 8.
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