Ribeira Brava, Madeira

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Ribeira Brava
Municipality (Concelho)
Ribeira Brava 508.jpg
Main centre of Ribeira Brava along the valley of the same name, and at the coast
Coat of arms
Official name: Concelho da Ribeira Brava
Name origin: Portuguese for angry river
Country  Portugal
Autonomous Region  Madeira
Island Madeira
Civil Parishes Campanário, Ribeira Brava, Serra de Água, Tabua
Landmark Church of São Bento
Center Ribeira Brava
 - coordinates 32°41′N 17°3′W / 32.683°N 17.050°W / 32.683; -17.050Coordinates: 32°41′N 17°3′W / 32.683°N 17.050°W / 32.683; -17.050
Lowest point
 - elevation 0 m (0 ft)
Area 65.41 km2 (25 sq mi)
Population 13,375 (2011)
Density 204/km2 (528/sq mi)
Settlement c.1500
 - Municipality 6 May 1914
LAU Câmara Municipal
 - location Rua do Visconde, 56
President Ricardo Nascimento (PSD)
Municipal Chair João Luís Drumond Henriques (PSD)
Timezone WET (UTC0)
 - summer (DST) WEST (UTC+1)
Postal Zone 9350
Area Code & Prefix (+351) 291 XXX-XXXX
Demonym Ribeira-bravense
Patron Saint São Bento
Municipal Holidays 29 June
Location RBR.svg
Administrative location of the municipality of Ribeira Brava in the archipelago of Madeira
Wikimedia Commons: Ribeira Brava
Website: http://www.cm-ribeirabrava.pt

Ribeira Brava (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʁiˈβɐjɾɐ ˈβɾavɐ]) is a municipality on the island of Madeira, in the Portuguese Autonomous Region of Madeira. It is located along the southern coast (approximately centre), and is west of Câmara de Lobos and the regional capital Funchal, south of São Vicente, and east of Ponta do Sol. The population in 2011 was 13,375,[1] in an area of 65.41 km².[2]

The municipality gained its name due to its river - Ribeira Brava, which translates as 'the angry river'. In rainy seasons, the river had an extremely strong and powerful current, that often wreaked havoc over the entire eight kilometres of the route.


The village of Tabua over one of the tributaries of the Ribeira Brava ravine
The Ribeira Brava river, living up to one of its names: the angry river

The municipality's namesake, the Ribeira Brava ravine and river valley extends from the slopes of the west-central mountains of Madeira. Its waters provide the primary sources of drinking-water (a small reservoir collects surface run-off) to the area and electricity to the island of Madeira. Approximately ten tributaries feed this river, whose course ends in the Serra de Água and which much later empties into the Atlantic along the village's coast.

The primary urban agglomerations are the four civil parishes, constituted with their own local government. They include:

Buildings and structures[edit]

The Centro Desportivo da Madeira stadium is located in the municipality.