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Whilst in Calheta town consider visiting the historic, picturesque fishing villages of Paul do Mar and Jardim do Mar which were venues in 2001 for the World Surfing Championships and try the local gastronomia shellfish known as 'lapas' or other fresh fish dishes in the restaurants in the villages next to the ocean.
Visit Engenho da Calheta a museum and a sugar cane processing factory in the Calheta district of Madeira.
There are two mills for crushing the sugar cane. The waste or bagasse falls down a chute and is removed by a conveyor belt below the mills. File:Http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/72/Engenho da Calheta 437.jpg/450px-Engenho da Calheta 437.jpg
Some of the machinery is 200 years old and steam powered.
The museum and factory with a cafe is situated about half-way down the hill between the Calheta Marina roundabout outside the two tunnels and the ocean front road next to the white sand beaches of Calheta district.