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 Gonsçalves 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.
Climate and Geography
Climate is over here is 'mild subtropical' one. It has warm summers and mild winters. In summer (May to September) there is very little rain and the winters have only 5-7 days of rain per month.
The local transport in Calheta is buses which are a comfortable mode of traveling. You can even hire a taxi which is easily available.
Shopping and Entetainment
Shopping is an irresistible temptation that one experiences here. Best buys include locally-made leather goods, jewellery, fine porcelain and high-quality clothes ranging from thick hand-knitted sweaters to the hottest fashion attire. Even today the traditional arts and crafts are still very prevalent in spite of Portugal's rapid modernization. Pottery, ceramics and tiles are produced to high standards all over the country, with differing styles. There are plenty of small shops in Estrela. It also has a small supermarket twhich sells fresh fish is opposite to Calheta Marina. You can also find variety of fruits like mangoes, papyas, bananas etc.