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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 25 April 2017 via mobile

Interesting if you happen to go during the production period which is from april for two months in raw. You can see the complete process. And of course you can taste and buy rhum! I recomend the 30year old rhum.

Date of experience: April 2017
1  Thank peter c
Reviewed 17 April 2017

We (a family with a 14 and 11 year old) visited the factory while strolling around Calheta. It was free and allowed you to see how the sugar cane was (and still is) processed. If you stumble upon it you should take the time to...More

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank 1Viking3
Reviewed 5 April 2017

A good way to while away an afternoon. We were walking by and decided to walk in to have a look and were pleasantly surprised by how interesting it was. Every thing is well preserved machines and there is a small souvenir shop, where you...More

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank Jets1978
Reviewed 27 March 2017

Calheta is small and very beautiful, this is one of the only places to visit, there is not much in town, which is not a bad thing!

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank BluBerrie
Reviewed 20 March 2017

Certainly worth a visit - interesting history and cheapest Ponchas on the island. Tea and cake is good too!

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank jamos2017
Reviewed 3 March 2017

We had had this place pointed out to us by our taxi driver on the way to our hotel, and decided to drop in whilst walking around town. The partner is a machinery buff, and loved it. It has a museum downstairs, with an educative...More

Date of experience: March 2017
2  Thank May902000
Reviewed 19 February 2017

We stopped at the sugar cane factory on a tour of the island and as it was quite a wild and windy day also saw the waves crashing on the coast alongside. The tour is very interesting and the tasting at the end was a...More

Date of experience: February 2017
1  Thank CharlieCB
Reviewed 18 February 2017

The factory gives a good impression of sugar refining over the years, and has coffee bar where local rum may be tasted! Good to see the heavy old machines used, but the factory is only active for a month after the spring harvest, so dont...More

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank JohnStS
Reviewed 14 February 2017

The museum is well worth a visit! There are lots of interesting machines to look at, and they are mostly English or American. It is till a working mill. It is a good place to go for the cafe and the local view!

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank y0rkshirelass23
Reviewed 2 February 2017

This is a free visit to an old factory which produces molasses for the production of the local drink poncho and also the rum. The machinery is old and much of it originated from the UK. The small tasting area is staffed by really helpful...More

Date of experience: January 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