Ribeira da Janela

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Ribeira da Janela
Civil Parish
Madeira Nordküste 8.JPG
Rocky coast and islet of Ribeira da Janela
Coat of arms
Official name: Freguesia da Ribeira da Janela
Name origin: Portuguese for ravine of the window
Country  Portugal
Autonomous Region  Madeira
Island Madeira
Municipality Porto Moniz
Center Ribeira da Janela
 - elevation 924 m (3,031 ft)
 - coordinates 32°48′35″N 17°9′10″W / 32.80972°N 17.15278°W / 32.80972; -17.15278Coordinates: 32°48′35″N 17°9′10″W / 32.80972°N 17.15278°W / 32.80972; -17.15278
Highest point
 - elevation 1,239 m (4,065 ft)
Lowest point
 - elevation 0 m (0 ft)
Area 18.48 km2 (7 sq mi)
Population 228 (2011)
Density 12/km2 (31/sq mi)
LAU Junta Freguesia
 - location Sítio dos Casais da Igreja
Timezone WET (UTC0)
 - summer (DST) WEST (UTC+1)
Postal Zone 9270-101
Area Code & Prefix (+351) 291 XXX XXX
Patron Saint Nossa Senhora da Encarnação
Ribeira da Janela is located in Madeira
Ribeira da Janela
Location of the parish seat of Achadas da Cruz in the municipality of Porto Moniz, island of Madeira
Wikimedia Commons: Ribeira da Janela

Ribeira da Janela is a civil parish (Portuguese: freguesia) in the municipality of Porto Moniz in the Portuguese islands of Madeira. The population in 2011 was 228,[1] in an area of 18.48 km².[2]


The parish was marked by a massive exodus during in the 1960s, from which it has yet not recovered.[3]


The mouth of the Ribeira da Janela river valley, in the community of the same name

It is located northeast coast of the municipality of Porto Moniz, connected by the main roadway that circles the island to the principal communities in Funchal and Calheta. Mountainous, the parish is cut by several river valleys extending into the Atlantic Ocean from the interior plateau of Paul da Serra, where it borders the municipalities of Ponta do Sol and Calheta. The ravine, Ribeira da Janela, meanders through the parish from Paul da Serra (springing from the plateau at around 1,420 metres altitude) and flows at various intervals along the water course.[3] The valley cut by this ravine is one of the longest in Madeira. Forests dominate the northern and the western parts of the valley and while brush permeates in the remaining areas.


  1. ^ Instituto Nacional de Estatística
  2. ^ Eurostat Archived September 6, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ a b Fernandes, Catanho (2003), Madeira, Florence, Italy: Casa Editrice Bonechi, ISBN 9788847612495 , p 68