Porto Moniz seems to have fallen from above into the northern sea and has long been famous for its natural swimming pools and its pure, beautiful scenery. The swimming pools at Porto Moniz, a delight to all visitors, surround large and small rocks nestling in the sea. Take a moment to enjoy some of interesting facts about Porto Moniz natural swimming pools in this video.
Off the shore of the village of Porto Moniz on the northwestern coast of Portugal’s Madeira Island, swimmers float in a network of crystal clear seawater pools that reflect the azure of the sky.The tranquility of the natural salt pools belies their violent creation story. The islands of the Madeira archipelago, southwest of mainland Portugal, were formed by volcanic eruptions on a large hotspot under the eastern Atlantic Ocean. Lava first reached the surface more than five million years ago, with periodic eruptions continuing until about 25,000 years ago.
Ocean water flows over the rocks and replenishes the pools—sometimes carrying fish and shrimp with it. High winds can send waves crashing over the rock barriers, but in calm weather, the pools offer a serene bathing experience for those who prefer to take an ocean dip without battling the breakers. The complex also includes a children’s pool and play area and is accessible for people with disabilities.
On shore, bathers will find all the amenities for a comfortable beach experience, including parking, changing rooms and lockers, a snack bar, and lounge chairs and sunshades for rent. Lifeguards are on duty, and there is a first aid station on site.
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