Would you like to discover viewpoints that offer incredible landscapes for you to admire, villages with a rare beauty and one of the highest cliffs in the world (580 metres)?
Great! In this article, you will discover Câmara de Lobos, a beautiful fishing town and Cabo Girão, that will offer you an amazing view over the sea and, of course, several viewpoints for your delight, one of which is my favourite in Madeira – don’t miss this opportunity to visit these places!
This is the third article about Madeira island. In the first one I talk about Porto Moniz and Levada das 25 Fontes and you can read it here; in the second article I talk about my experience in Pico do Arieiro, Curral das Freiras and Ponta de São Lourenço and you can read it here.
The places that you’ll find throughout this article were the ones I visited during my third day in Madeira. You should follow this guide in this order so that you can visit all of these beautiful places without losing too much time traveling between them.
Throughout this article you will also find some tips so that you can better prepare your trip to the Pearl of the Atlantic.
Câmara de Lobos
The small town of Câmara de Lobos is one of the most beautiful towns in the island and is often seen in postcards from Madeira.
Begin your journey with a visit to Salão Ideal viewpoint to enjoy the marvelous view over the bay, the colourful fishing boats and Cabo Girão cliff.
- GPS: 32°38’44.1″N 16°58’19.3″W
Next, visit the picturesque historic centre to admire the colourful fishing boats and lose yourself within the narrow streets that surround the bay.
Don’t hesitate and go to a bar and enjoy the view while drinking the local punch, Poncha: a drink made from spirits, lemon and honey.
Information: You can leave your car in the parking lot, facing the bay. It will cost you 50 cents every 30 minutes.
- GPS: 32°38’55.1″N 16°58’30.5″W
Before leaving Câmara de Lobos, climb to Pico da Torre viewpoint to admire the view over the city and the ocean. In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to gaze at the banana fields and Cabo Girão cliff.
- GPS: 32°39’07.0″N 16°58’25.6″W
Cabo Girão Viewpoint
Cabo Girão is one of the highest cliffs in the world with its 580 metres and offers an incredible view over outskirts of Câmara de Lobos, the sea and Fajã do Cabo Girão.
A suspended glass platform (Skywalk) was built in 2012 to test people’s limits, specially those that have vertigo.
Even though I knew it was safe to step on that platform, when I saw so many people there I considered not to join them… but I did.
It’s true that you’ll find many tourists in Cabo Girão (probably it’s the place in Madeira that most tourists know), but it will be worth your while.
- GPS: 32°39’25.3″N 17°00’16.9″W
Fajã dos Padres Viewpoint
Fajã dos Padres viewpoint is located 4 kms from Cabo Girão. There, you can admire the magnificent view over the ocean and over the farmlands, at the bottom of the cliff (fajã).
Aside from the farmlands, you’ll find in Fajã dos Padres a beach, a restaurant and some houses where farmers lived a few years ago and that are now tourist homes.
To get to the fajã you have two options: you can take a boat that leaves from Câmara de Lobos or take the cable car located in Fajã dos Padres viewpoint.
Before the cable car, people took the panoramic elevator in a 4 minute ride – it was the only way down.
- GPS: 32°39’25.0″N 17°01’17.9″W
- Cable car opening hours: everyday from 10h to 18h
- Round trip tickets: 10 euros
Ponta do Sol
Ponta do Sol is a small but charming village, located 18 kms from Funchal. It will be a quick stop but you won’t regret it.
After enjoying this beautiful postcard, lose yourself in the narrow streets next to the beach and admire the hidden beauties of Ponta do Sol.
- GPS: 32°40’46.5″N 17°06’16.9″W
When you leave Ponta do Sol, don’t hesitate to take the old road (ER101) connecting Ponta do Sol to Madalena do Mar. You’ll drive directly under this beautiful waterfall and discover old tunnels that will make you feel like entering a cave.
- GPS Cascata: 32°41’11.9″N 17°06’49.8″W
Ponta do Pargo
You can drive along the new road VE3 but my suggestion is that you take the old road, by the sea, to make the route between Ponta do Sol and Ponta do Pargo (30 kms).
You’ll be able to visit some places along the way: Madalena do Mar, Calheta artificial beach, Jardim do Mar, Paul do Mar and Fajã da Ovelha.
When you get to Ponta do Pargo go on a walking route to see Garganta Funda waterfall, located just a few metres from the Atlantic Ocean.
Few tourists know this place but I can tell you that it is one of the most beautiful places in Madeira and my favourite.
Aren’t you convinced? Watch this video and witness the beauty of this place!
How to get to Garganta Funda viewpoint?
When you arrive at Ponta do Pargo keep going for more 2 kms (after Ponta do Pargo sign) along ER101 road and turn left to “Levada do Pedregal“. At the end of the road, turn left and, finally, turn on the first road to the right (Caminho do Pedregal).
Continue for more 300 metres and leave your car at the end of the road (before you enter the dirt road).
Are you lost? D Here are the GPS coordinates of the place where you should leave your car:
- GPS: 32°49’08.9″N 17°14’49.8″W
Next, just follow the signs “Miradouro Garganta Funda“. A few metres ahead you’ll find two small shacks, keep going for more 200 metres along the walking route next to the cliff.
It’s a small walking route between the place where you left the car and the viewpont – 500 metres for each side
Next, go back to Ponta do Pargo and admire the lighthouse and Ponta do Pargo viewpoint. While you wait for the sunset you can grab something to eat or have a drink in Casa de Chá O Fio.
- GPS Ponta do Pargo Lighthouse: 32°48’50.3″N 17°15’45.5″W
- GPS Ponta do Pargo Viewpoint: 32°48’35.4″N 17°15’23.1″W
Information: My trip to Madeira was sponsored by the airline Aigle Azur. This airline made it possible for me to discover the island and, this way, I can show you the amazing places you’re missing.
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