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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 1 June 2015

Liked- the noise! I loved this place, while we were there the engine was working full-time.24hours a day 7 days a week as the sugar cane was waiting to be processed. We were able to go right into the shed and watch each process and...More

Date of experience: May 2015
Thank Gillian V
Reviewed 24 May 2015

Not a lot to see but.... different and I liked the tasting session. The factory is quite hard to find as it is so "ordinary" looking and not where one would expect. It is just before the church as one exits the village.

Date of experience: May 2015
1  Thank Jenny S
Reviewed 20 May 2015

We visited this factory last Saturday. It was free to visit which is a plus but we did not have a guided tour since none were available.. We were able to view the machinery but, unfortunately for us, there were only a few translations into...More

Date of experience: May 2015
1  Thank SWeaver12
Reviewed 11 April 2015 via mobile

we consider the PONCHAS one of best kept secrets of Madeira Island! the poncha is great only verry fresh , dine in front of you with a kind of foam is the rhum de cana- so called Agua ardente de cana this place is an...More

2  Thank AnaMariaCristina
Reviewed 28 December 2014

It is a historic place where you find out how they were producing sugar. The entrance is free. Do not expect to see something huge. However, it shows part of the history which worth to observe and know.

Date of experience: December 2014
2  Thank Solmaz س
Reviewed 5 November 2014 via mobile

As described by others, not a lot going on outside of April, but our guide was nice and knowledgable, speaking very good English. Good chances to taste the rum and poncha and honey cake. Just ignore directions via Google maps ( we wasted a lot...More

3  Thank louisebielby
Reviewed 15 October 2014

The Museum is open for free all year. We were taken around by the lady who worked there who spoke perfect english and was more than happy to show us around and explain how it all works when they make the Rum and Poncha every...More

1  Thank laurella76w
Reviewed 3 August 2014 via mobile

This museum was a stop on our full day tropical tour of Madeira. The smell alone is worth the visit, not to mention the cheap samples of delicious rum, sugar cane juice and cake, now let me take a moment to mention their bolo do...More

2  Thank Poochie1972
Reviewed 30 December 2013

We stopped here yesterday and were disappointed with this venue. It was decorated for Christmas inside but the only thing to see was two rooms with vats and and old sugar cane machine-no tours. We purchased a 60 cent cup of non alcoholic sugar cane...More

Date of experience: December 2013
1  Thank momflys
Reviewed 13 September 2013

Well, you have to visit the rum factory. Its a must. A short 10 minute walk from Hotel Caheta beach. You can try all different rums upstairs for as little as 60cents per measure, and more than uk measure. Try the old rum. This is...More

Date of experience: August 2013
8  Thank kenneth H
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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