The Madeira Aquarium was installed in a replica of a fort invoking St. John the Baptist. The original fort was built in 1730 in response to attacks and attacks perpetrated by pirates on the village of Porto Moniz.
The ruins of the fort were, in 1998, acquired by the Municipality of Porto Moniz, which restored its original appearance, based on the existing iconography. Inaugurated on September 4, 2005 with the aim of preserving and making known to the visitor the marine biodiversity of the seas of the Madeira Archipelago, in the Madeira Aquarium live more than 90 native species, distributed by 12 exhibition tanks.
The captive living beings in this Aquarium rely on the waters of the Madeira Archipelago in all the geographical areas of their distribution. But most of the species can also be found on the other islands of Macaronesia, such as the Azores, the Canary Islands and Cape Verde.
Some of the species that occur in the seas of Madeira can also be found in the Mediterranean and, to a lesser extent, in the Eastern Atlantic.
- Open every day between 10:00 and 18:00
- Single Aquarium Ticket: 8€
- Regular ticket: 7€
- Group ticket (from 5 people): 5€
- Junior ticket (between 5 and 14 years): 4€
- Senior ticket (from 65 years): 4€
- Group ticket (From 5 juniors /seniors): 3€
♿🟢 –Accessibility : Easy ( Small unevenness at the entrance of the aquarium )
The stone floor outside, will make the equipment shake.
Access to the viewpoint, through a ramp, in stone, with some inclination.