Ponta do Sol
The graceful village of Ponta do Sol features a landscape dominated by agriculture, namely the cultivation of banana. This town has a coastline, with the most modern facilities and pleasant conditions.
The focus on tourism has grown in recent years with the construction of high-quality hotels. One of these is the inn of Ponta do Sol, an old farmhouse converted into a hotel, whose cultural activities captivate local and foreign audiences.
In Fajã do Lugar de Baixo, between the counties of Ribeira Brava and Ponta do Sol, visit Palacete dos Zinos, a property built in the romantic style of the late 19th century as a summer home for the Zino family. The mansion and its chapel were built in the late 19th century.
The Nossa Senhora da Luz parish church was built in the late 15th century and is very charming. It has beautiful religious ornaments and a Hispanic-Arab ceiling. Its baptismal font is unique in the whole country. It was provided by King Manuel.
In this parish one can also take advantage of the pleasant terraces facing the sea.
Other points of interest:
The São Sebastião Chapel is a small mannerist chapel built in the 17th century and rebuilt in the 18th century. It underwent some restoration work in the twentieth century. The altarpiece has three gilded medallions adorned with stylised angels.
The Santo Amaro Chapel in Ponta do Sol is a rural chapel built in the 15th century. It retains some features of the original gothic building, the broken arches, the door of the façade, and side slits. By the twentieth century it was run down, and had to be rebuilt in the 60s.
The Espírito Santo Chapel is a baroque chapel with a longitudinal floor plan and an interrupted frontispiece. It was built in the 18th century and has undergone refurbishment in the twentieth century. Inside, it has some baroque paintings and framed canvases on the ceilings of the nave.