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Sociedade dos Engenhos da Calheta

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Avenida Dom Manuel I 29 | Lombo do Doutor - Calheta, Calheta, Madeira 9370-135, Portugal
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All reviews sugar cane factory cake free entry juice worth a visit working factory interesting history local rum interesting place to visit cookies tasting room small factory take home self guided tour real madeira cafe bar buy local
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Small working factory... April and May is when it is active. We saw it in February and there are lots of old machines etc which give a sense of what it was like years ago... Mixed in amongst the modern kit. It is still a...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank paulwinnan
Reviewed 5 January 2019

A lovely little museum with an amazing array of machinery. Some more labelling would be useful, but it's free, so can't really complain. Tried and bought rum in the little shop. There is a cafe with toilet facilities too. We chose to walk there ourselves...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Kathryn P
Reviewed 2 October 2018

Interesting to follow the display and interactive information about an old and traditional industry. Local, free and with a shop to sample potential purchases. If your staying close by, wander round for a visit. Our hotel was offering a charge with guide!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank bill_tee
Reviewed 5 September 2018

Positive moment is that this is free of charge to visit the place. It's interesting to see several historical mechanisms used in production of sugar from cane in Madeira in the XIX-XX centuries. There is small poor shop. You can find better assortiment in the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Bumali
Reviewed 18 August 2018

The factory was part of a mini tour organised by my hotel - the guide was interesting & knowledgeable. Was able to sample the traditional Madeira cake, poncha & molasses syrup. We were impressed enough to buy cake & Poncha for our own use &...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Linda H
Reviewed 10 August 2018 via mobile

Just half an hour drive from Funchal, Calheta only city of Madeira still producing the traditional punch and delicacies out of sugar cane. Step into the museum located at the centre of the village (n.29 of the big avenue) for a short history tour and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Marion F
Reviewed 2 August 2018

Just around the corner from Caletha beach is the sugar cane factory. Dont pay for a trip here or a tour organised by the hotel because it is free. Just walk in and have a good looks round. Everything has tags in both Portuguese and...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Mark T
Reviewed 24 July 2018

This is a working factory. The tour is not accompanied by a guide but there is a good video at the end that probably answers your questions.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank crix142858
Reviewed 23 July 2018 via mobile

Interesting small museum with great old machinery. The factory can be seen working during the sugar cane harvest but I've not visited then. Nice cool interior to wander around in then relax on the patio with great views. Delicious coffee and rum based liqueurs at...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank CathyR763
Reviewed 16 July 2018

Free entry. Historical. Worth seeing. A short walk from Calheta hotels. Buy some local rum to bring home

Date of experience: July 2018
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Krista V
28 April 2018|
Response from Charlottef23 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Krista, Monday to Friday: 8:00 - 19:00; Saturday,Sunday and holidays: 10:00 - 19:00 Thanks, Charlotte