Photographer's Note

Ribeira Brava is a beautiful village located in the wonderful Madeira Island, at about 15 km distance from the Archipelago capital: Funchal.

This is one of the most ancient localities in the Madeira Island, created on the sequence of the Funchal and Machico villages, after the death of Henry the Navigator in 1460.
Ribeira Brava is also located in an important accessibility spot, linking by land to the North of the Island through the lovely Água and Encumeada Mountains, from where one has wonderful panoramas. A small harbour was soon built in order to ease the transportation of goods to Funchal by boat.

The toponym derivates from an untamed (“brava”) small river (“ribeira”) that has been wisely adapted for the irrigation of the surrounding agricultural camps, part of the famous “Levadas” net, that supplies the Island of water even in the most recondite places, and is nowadays the best way to get to know the magical inner of the Island.

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