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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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Reviewed 20 September 2017

This is a very interesting place to visit as unlike elsewhere as it is an operational factory and on our trip, you got a free tasting of rum. You can see the whole process from the sugar cane entering the factory to it turning into...More

Date of experience: June 2017
2  Thank John T
Reviewed 23 August 2017 via mobile

Walked to this factory. Lots of information about the sugar cane industry and the cafe at the top was good value. Worth a visit. Came away with some bolo de mar the real madeira cake. Happy days

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Charlotte B
Reviewed 24 June 2017

It was a very interesting place. There was a museum with old machinery and turtles in a pool! You have to be a bit nosey and carry on up some steps as there is a lot more to see. It isn't obvious. You can see...More

Date of experience: June 2017
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Reviewed 22 June 2017

I suppose if there was anything happening i.e. Sugar cane production it maybe worth a look but when we visited all you could see were a few machines no explanations. No free samples better ways of spending your time.

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank FIO
Reviewed 10 June 2017

This place is not large and can be walked round quite quickly but it does document well the old sugar cane industry. There is a little terrace and small bar at the end of the tour where you can buy can juice, white rum and...More

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank GlennL73
Reviewed 3 June 2017 via mobile

What a nice wee place to visit a ten minute walk from the calheta beach hotel when we went they had just started production again so was interesting watching how it all worked we tried the poncha at the end pure Madeira rum wow 2...More

Date of experience: May 2017
2  Thank lorrainew151
Reviewed 24 May 2017

We went during sugar can harvesting season and had the chance to see the crushing and the distillation. Old fashionned way. BUt the products are really good !

Date of experience: April 2017
1  Thank Jean d
Reviewed 9 May 2017

do not pay to go on a trip here. just walk in for free off the street.not much to see and you will be looked at by staff as if you have 2 heads and the lady serving the rum and sugar cane has forgotten...More

Date of experience: May 2017
1  Thank NottinghamSwimmer
Reviewed 6 May 2017

We stayed in Calheta and found out about this place via TA. I expected to see more of the process. You only see the numerous workers unload the sugar cane and having it crushed and squeezed in the machines. But you don't see e.g. the...More

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank Koen B
Reviewed 28 April 2017 via mobile

Visited this place exactly during the one month harvest period end of April. Interesting to watch the men working. Entrance is free and you can buy local products with cane sugar (bolo de Mel, aguardiente, ponco)

Date of experience: April 2017
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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