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...more
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 daymore
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.more
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 promenademore
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...more
As we visited in March, we had a bit of difficulty to find some place to eat that served fish. All the places by the small harbour seemd to be fast food ones. We initially sat down by one but they didn't have want we wanted plus the pigeons on the neighboring table were impossible. On the road from the harbour to the church we found the Snack Bar...more
We saw this restaurant arriving in Camara do Lobos and we decided to try.It's a very nice restaurant inside, but in my opinion it's a bit too expensive for its standards:- One grilled fish (Garoupa) was 25 €- When the waiter opened the wine bottle he didn't check if the cork smelled wrong even though it had a very bad look- the waiter, while...more
We intended to try this Fish restaurant, but didn't manage to get there this holiday. HPB ran a trip down there and back on one of the evenings. We heard from our fellow holiday chums that it is of good quality and you choose your own fresh fish and pay by weight. They then cook it for you. Next time maybe. To be revealed on a future visit!more
We were not impressed as they seemed almost to press gang us into having something from their fish selections. At one point we had their fish trolley wheeled in front of us and the manager and two waiting staff all trying extraordinarily hard to foist something on us from the trolley. We didn't succumb and went for steak instead. We felt we had...more
The Miradouro, as it's name implies, enjoys great panoramic views from windows and terrace down to Funchal. It is situated high up on the cliffs close to Cabo Girao. Service is very friendly and efficient. The food was good value although we wouldn't rush back to this restaurant when there are so many others to try. Definitely worth a visit though...more
Point of obligator stopping for any visitor of Camara de Lobos, the heat presses, the smells od the sea mainly becomes an aphrodisiac in the summer nights, this zone of night commerce offers some characteristic drinks that normally take the visitor to come back to these stoppings, as the Poncha, the Nikita and others. The restaurants that offer cool shellfish plates are only possible in zones where persists fishing as one of the main professions.
We came to Camares de Lobos on the blue line of the yellow hop on hop off bus. The blue line is not very frequent but since the departure times are noted on their map, it's not really a problem. Personally, I preferred the yellow hop on hop off to the red one as the ticket was valid for 2 days whereas the red one is only valid for 24 hours. The red bus arrived to Camares de Lobos more frequently.
There is also the ordinary yellow bus from Funchal which the locals use but each time I saw it it was packed.
The 2-day ticket for the yellow hop on hop off was 12 Euro for 2 days in March 2013.
Dried fish is all over the harbour front and the little rocky beach in Camara de Lobos.The fishermen hang the´m up on the boats and on little racks right on the harbourfront and that really adds some charm to the place.The fish you see might at first glance look like codfish, but they do not catch cod in the sea around Madeira and the fish you see...more
Bailinho is the main folk music in Camara de Lobos. Despique is one type of the folk music that exists only in Camara de Lobos. The songs are allways performed by a women and a men. And one tryes to annoy the other. It's really funny! Camara de Lobos locals are called Xavelhas by the Funchal locals. But never call them that name. They simply don't...more
Found amoungst the vineyards on the southern slopes of the main wine producing area of Madeira just below the village of Estreito.The main house has been totally and lovingly restored to become the Bacchus Gourmet Restaurant, the Vintage Bar and the reading room on the top floor that affords breathtaking views.more
Standing close to Funchal, Camara de Lobos is the quickly growing village of Madeira, now a city linked to the capital by dense construction. It keeps being one of the main fishing harbours in Madeira, specialized in the black swordfish (Aphanopus carbo), a delicate fish from the deep.more
The urban growth of Estreito created an important economic and social region. For this reason, this center became indispensable. The Civic Center of Estreito, with a wonderful belvedere, library, supporting room for musical activities and corporal expression, painting, and a nice cafe is surely an unmissible place while here.more