On the north side of Madeira Island, between Porto Moniz and São Vicente, is a charming little town at the bottom of a steep valley. Houses and grape vines hang on the narrow green hilltops of this mountainous range, providing some of the best wine on the island. These vines are protected from the wind with fern and brushwood fences whose grapes are used to make Madeira dry wine. The tiny village of Seixal is rarely charted by visitors, but this serene town has a picturesque rocky coast with an outstanding backdrop of emerald green mountains and the crystal clear Véu da Novia (Bridal Veil) waterfall tumbling down the cliffside.
Seixal is well-known for its volcanic rock pools, Poças das Lesmas, that are sheltered against the raging sea. These pools are formed of giant volcanic rocks, which naturally protect against the waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Beside Poças das Lesmas is Porto do Seixal Beach, a black sand beach of volcanic origin. Another popular beach on the opposite side of the village is Laje beach, or Praia da Jamaica as it’s referred to by locals. The nickname of Praia da Jamaica derives from the plantation of palm trees along the path that leads to the ocean. This black-sand pebble beach is an ideal beach for fishing and diving.
For a day of swimming and sun or merely just to observe the breathtaking waterfalls and rocky hills, Seixal is the perfect place to visit. It definitely deserves to be put on the map of every visitor’s discovery journey on this island of hidden gems.