Caracterization of Paúl do Mar
Paúl do Mar is located in the south-western part of Madeira Island, occupying an area of 1700 m2.
The fact that a considerable part of the parish is constituted by a very flat fajã (flat arable land by the sea) gave the name to the place: Paúl do Mar (sea marsh). Adding to this fact, there are those who believe that Paúl is in fact a very appropriate designation, particularly if it used to be a marshy land, with water coming from the high neighbouring rocks or even the sea, by means of some lower point on the beach, transforming it in a kind of swamp or mire.
Today, Paúl do Mar is a completely different civil parish, which greatly evolved with the arrival of the new road.
This civil parish is composed by five places: "Quebrada", where the wharf and the parish council are; "Igreja", where the parish church is; "Lagoa", where Paúl do Mar school is; "Serra da Cruz", where you can find local handicraft namely hand painted tiles, and where you can see the bust of João Maurício Abreu Santos; and "Ribeira das Galinhas".
The most important economic activities include agriculture, namely banana and vine, amongst other products, bread industry, trade and services, as well as the hotel and catering industry.
According to the 2001 Census, the civil parish of Paúl do Mar has about 900 inhabitants.
Paúl do Mar has average temperatures that range between 20 to 25 ºC (68 and 77 ºF) in the summer, with a very low level of humidity.
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