Ponta do Sol is said to be the Madeira sunniest and hottest spots of the island. Hence the name "Ponta do Sol" which means "Point of the Sun" in English.
The center of Ponta do Sol was a characteristic fishing village in the past. Currently the cultivation of Banana has topped the economic activities of Ponta do Sol. The municipality and small beach front is shoe-horned at the bottom of a steep valley, the valley walls are overhung with banana plantations and new homes.
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