Calheta is a municipality on the southwest coast of the Portuguese island of Madeira. Sheltered by sea walls, Praia da Calheta has imported sand, making it one of the island’s few sandy beaches. The nearby villages of Paúl do Mar and Jardim do Mar are known for strong surf.
Open Water Swimming
- On 11 September 2021, Mayra Santos completed a 30 km crossing between Calheta and Funchal at the second Edition Madeira Island Ultra Swim in 9 hours 7 minutes 1 second.