Ribeira Brava, Madeira

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Ribeira Brava
Main centre of Ribeira Brava along the valley of the same name, and at the coast
Main centre of Ribeira Brava along the valley of the same name, and at the coast
Flag of Ribeira Brava
Flag
Coat of arms of Ribeira Brava
Coat of arms
Etymology: Portuguese for angry river
Administrative location of the municipality of Ribeira Brava in the archipelago of Madeira
Administrative location of the municipality of Ribeira Brava in the archipelago of Madeira
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
Country Portugal
Autonomous Region Madeira
IslandMadeira
Settlementc.1500
Municipality6 May 1914
Civil ParishesCampanário, Ribeira Brava, Serra de Água, Tabua
Government
 • TypeLAU
 • BodyCâmara Municipal
 • MayorRicardo Nascimento
 • Municipal ChairJoão Luís Drumond Henriques
Area
 • Total65.41 km2 (25.25 sq mi)
Population
(2011)
 • Total13,375
 • Density200/km2 (530/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (WEST)
Postal Zone
9350
Area code(s)(+351) 291 XXX-XXXX
DemonymRibeira-bravense
Patron SaintSão Bento
Municipal Holidays29 June
Websitehttp://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.

Geography[edit]

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.

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