Câmara de Lobos is a small city near Funchal that, nowadays, seems to be part of the capital.
By day, it is possible to notice a smaller density in construction, dominated by the port, but by night it's really impossible to distinguish them.
- Historical Travel
Take a (short) round walk
After we arrived by bus, we headed down to the fishing boats in the old center of town. You cannot miss it as it's just downhill. We then followed the one lane street Rua S. Joao de Deus up to the San Sebastian church passing the Pande Monium Café to the left. Then walk around the church and you are on Praca Autonomia from where you will have great views over the ocean and some steep hills. We also saw a small waterfall from there.
Then pass the Coral restaurant which is in a very modern building and follow the road Passeio Maritimo de Camara de Lobos which takes you underneath the big rock along the seaside. You will then see some interesting rocks sticking out in the sea, a modern monument and as you turn to your left again you a good view of the harbour and the Chapel Nossa Senhora.
We then didn't go down to the Chapel but took the Rua da Portada a very narrow lane through the houses. Coming down some steps, we continued to the right and then right again checking out the lane with all the Poncha drinking/snack places and the Chapel.
San Sebastian church
On the site of today’s church there used to stand a chapel dedicated to the holy ghost which was first erected in 1430. Today’s San Sebastian church is well worth a visit as it has beautiful azulejos (tiles) and gold plated wooden carvings at the altars. In March it was a very tranquil place.
Open during the day
The most famous sightseeing point in Madeira is cabo Girão, the second tallest cape in the world, 589 meters above sea level.
It has awesome views along the southern coast, and a chapel that is one of the most important places of local pilgrimage.
Fajã dos Padres
Under cabo Girão there's a small cultivated area by the sea, provided by the erosion of the coast. Until 2003 the so called Fajã dos Padres ("fajã" is the general name of those pieces of land in the coast) was only reachable by boat, but today there's a lift working during the day.
New Promenade Area
After parking the car at the far western end of the town, we walked a short distance past a gleaming white church and into the newly built promenade area. This is nice for a short stroll and to view from below the spectacular cliffs of Cabo Girao.
Other stylish new buildings including a restaurant back onto the promenade
Atmospheric Harbour Area
Nice little harbour, very atmospheric late afternoon when fisherman are crowded round in groups outside the bars playing cards. We had the impression that there was a good deal of the local firewater called Poncha being consumed. It's very potent and is made from the rum "aguardente de cana" produced from the island's sugar cane, plus lemon juice and honey.
Although quaint to walk through and witness the light hearted games and banter, you can't help also being aware of a few men who seem to have had a little too much and to have a downbeat 'head in hands' air about them. I believe their life as fishermen is tough and not that well paid, so real poverty is to be found in the adjacent harbour back streets.
Curral das Freiras Viewpoint
The 'Nuns Valley' is a small village nestled between enormous mountain slopes in the heart of the island.
The basin in which it lies was either formed by erosion, or as many believe, volcanic activity.
The scenary is breathtaking! Believe me!
Miradouro Pico da Torre
The Pico da Torre Miradouro or view point, is the best place in camara de Lobos to apreciate the bay and the blue sea. Lovelly photos can be taken from the bay and from Estreito de Camra de Lobos, the northen part of the city.
Chapel Nossa Senhora da Conceição
The chapel dates back to around 1420 and was founded by the island explorer João Gonçalves Zarco. Later in 1702 it was renovated in Baroque style and beautifully decorated.
Open during the day
The only beach in Camara de Lobos, but with very good conditions for the users. Toilets, bar, showers. All you need for a relaxing time at the beach.
Monk seal caves
The boys of Camara de Lobos are allways looking at the Monk seal caves to see one of theme. They are the symbol of Camara de Lobos
The colourfull boats
In Camara de Lobos, people live of fishing. Tradicional fishing is still used in our days here. These colourfull boats are made in the city and painted by locals. It's camara de Lobos ex libris.
The fishermen village
Visit this small fishermen village, 14 km west of Funchal. The village concentrates around an almost round bay where the small fishing boats are being built and repaired in the old way.
- Hiking and Walking