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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 March 2018

Walked to this venue from Savoy Calheta Beach Hotel and spent a pleasant few hours there. Quite small but lovely sun terrace to sit and relax in, plus tastings. It is free to enter and you only pay for the tastings that you want to...More

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank _killengreys
Reviewed 27 February 2018 via mobile

Lovely place. Very interesting. Was close to our hotel so went there on our own. Staff were knowlegable and very helpful. If you like history you will love it there.

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank pauline659s
Reviewed 13 February 2018 via mobile

Static viewing. Best to go when the sugar cane is being harvested. Good selection of cane based drinks and excellent cakes

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Ronald W
Reviewed 12 February 2018

We had a look around the factory nobody was there but plenty of written information to do the tour yourself

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank hendy55
Reviewed 5 February 2018

A free museum and a quick walk around gives an idea of how it was used. Definitely don't miss the tasting available at the shop for a few cents for a shot. The rum is delicious.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank SueRandall66
Reviewed 28 December 2017

The factory is only a short walk from the Calhetta Beach hotel but it is closed during the winter, however the museum is open as is the cafe / bar where you can purchase cake and spirits

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank David G
Reviewed 5 December 2017

Interesting old building which houses forms of old machinery and artifax used in days gone by for the production of Sugar Cane Honey, awesome local cake and Poncha the drink made from the Sugar Cane Spirit

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank 754gillg
Reviewed 29 November 2017

This was interesting to see. There is no guide but you are left to wander round. the factory is still operating and the old machinery is an insight into victorian engineering sold worldwide

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank 516greg
Reviewed 19 October 2017

This is a functioning sugar cane factory but its also like a museum. Very much worth the walk up the short but steep hill. You can try the different rums they produce (and a non-alcoholic sugar cane drink) and also have the opportunity to purchase...More

Date of experience: October 2017
2  Thank sandracul
Reviewed 24 September 2017

We were staying in Calheta so decided to go into the museum and have a look round. As has been said in prevous posts you need to be a bit nosey as there are no signposts etc but make sure you go upstairs to where...More

Date of experience: September 2017
3  Thank MrsLMoon
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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