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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 February 2017

Stopped the Car while driving half way down the hill to Calheta Beach, found the Sugar Cane Factory, We had a good look around, all at our own pace, Had some Mel Cake and Coffee. And then 2 glasses of Poncha.

Date of experience: January 2017
1  Thank rogera750
Reviewed 28 January 2017

We were just passing through Calheta after a Levada walk any looked out for it - no easy to spot on the main road and we parked on the road. There was no one there to act as a guide so we just walked around....More

Date of experience: January 2017
1  Thank Ade B
Reviewed 26 January 2017

this is more a museum kind of attraction, you can see the machines and the process of the mill from Sugar canes to Rum and more. 15 minutes not more. it's not really something to see

Date of experience: January 2017
Thank GadiGi
Reviewed 12 January 2017

Lovely little factory with a museum and tasting rooms. Loved the little tasters of the local cake, rum and sugarcane juice!

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank sweta_travels
Reviewed 10 January 2017

It is a small sugar cane factory. The entry is for free - you can walk over the place. At the end you can find a small bar where you can order a small piece of typical madeiran cake and sugar cane juice. The cake...More

Date of experience: January 2017
2  Thank Gosia_Nap
Reviewed 6 January 2017

Req about half an hour to have a look around then sample the local drink/cake and biscuits.This factory / museum is about 300 mtrs up hill fom Caheta promenade. It only works for about 3 months of the year so no machinary was opeating. Buy...More

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank kavmick
Reviewed 4 January 2017

Interesting place to visit very small has a shop to buy products and can taste the local poncho worth a visit

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank Jan189
Reviewed 29 December 2016

A free experience is to visit the old sugar cane factory in Calheta. There still produces rum and syrup. It was no sugar extraction on the time of year, so we got to see the machines up close. We also got tasted on their own...More

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank Leif S
Reviewed 3 December 2016

Called in for a visit today. Good to see all the equipment still in use. Loves all the old photos. Tasted some sugar cane juice ,some rum and ended up buying biscuits, cake and a bottle of Poncha. Massive Madeira cake on show fermenting away.

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank kmc8955312
Reviewed 10 November 2016

We visited the sugar cane factory and wandered around the old machinery. Saw the giant cake that they keep for a year, and tested some of the rums. Also bought a smaller cake.

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank Edwin F
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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