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Porto Moniz.

At the northwestern end of the island of Madeira, the municipality of Porto Moniz has an indented coastline. Beyond this island that faces the old Fort St. Jean-Baptiste, the village is known for its natural pools in volcanic rocks. Today, these natural pools are arranged to facilitate access and secure it for swimmers. The rocky barrier protects from the pool waves of the Atlantic, as the north coast is much more exposed to wind and storms than the south coast. In general, the Madeiran coastline is not so adapted for bathing. The natural beaches are made at best with pebbles and at worst with uncomfortable big stones. Two sandy beaches exist, one natural in Caniçal and one artificial in Calheta.

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