Engenhos da Calheta


Calheta's old sugar refinery building starts as a half-hearted 'museum' and ends as a shop where you can buy the bolo de mel (molasses cake), molasses, rum and poncha (local sugar-cane spirit drink) still made somewhere on the premises.

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