São Jorge Ruins

The sugar cane culture in Madeira dates back to the 15th century. Due to the relevance that this agricultural species quickly gained in the territory, the island became a major supplier of sugar to the whole of Europe. In the São Jorge Ruins, visitors have the opportunity to travel through the pages of this history.

Located in Calhau de São Jorge, this centre is formed by the ruins of the old sugar cane mills that were installed there in the early days of the island's settlement process. Of these old buildings, stands out the very well-preserved pebble entrance portico.

It should be noted that the whole of the São Jorge Ruins, municipality of Santana, has been classified as a Monument of Municipal Interest since 2003. It is therefore a place of great interest on the north coast of the island of Madeira.

Be sure to take advantage of this visit to also be surprised by the scenery offered by Calhau de São Jorge. This secluded beach on a small freshwater lagoon, in the bed of the Ribeira de São Jorge, is surrounded by a vibrant landscape, between the green hills and the ocean. Come and enjoy Madeira's Nature and history!


The São Jorge Ruins, in Calhau de São Jorge, houses the ruins of the sugar cane mills that were built there in the early days of the island's settlement.

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