The name Calheta originated from the narrow inlet serving its harbor. The town of Calheta is surrounded by towering mountains, endless lush green mantle and the vast ocean. It is one of the first locations in Madeira Island which is subjected to farming. Amongst the settlers, Calheta was a place of interest for noblemen and knights. Joao Gonsšalves Zarco was among those settlers who later donated this land to his daughter. Calheta was raised to the category of town by royal charter, which was issued in 1825. Going deep into its golden history and cultural heritage, one points out to the valuable heritage of a religious nature of civil parish. Calheta is one of the civil parishes in Madeira with the largest number of chapels. The main economic activities here are agriculture, trade and industry. At once the sugar industry here was progressing so much that there were eight sugar mills running at that time but now only one is in operation. This area has abundant variety of fishes and is known for the same. Calheta is also famous for producing the best white Rum.