Favorite thing: Ponta de São Lourenço's vegetation is very special and unique within Macronesia, not because it's unchanged, but for the presence of important groups that are virtually confined to this area.
Apart from the rich vegetation, this reserve is home to many bird species and even sea lions that can occasionally be seen. The northern and southern coasts differ very much from each other. The north coast is more dramatic and not easily accessible by boat because it is more exposed to the winds and rough sea. The south coast has seen less erosion and there exist numerous possibilities to reach the shore by boat.
Ponta de sao Lourenco walk
Favorite thing: This is the most eastern peninsula of Madeira's Island, with length of 9 km width of 2 km, including the two islands Ilhéu da Cevada and Ilhéu da Ponta de São Lourenço.
It was declared a Natural Reserve in 1982 with the objective of preserving its fauna, flora and geological heritage.
Casa do Sardinha
Favorite thing: The Casa do sardinha or "Sardine House" is a rest place for walkers. You'll find some shadow, water to drink and toilets.
This house has many interesting stories.
Nossa Senhora da Piedade Chapel
Favorite thing: Sunday is the day of 'Nossa Senhora da Piedade'. Locals still have a procession to this chapel taking Our Lady of Mercy through the park.
Scenic drive from Machico to Ponta de São Lourenço
Favorite thing: The drive from Machico to Ponta de São Lourenço is very worthwhile. Like everywhere else on the island the roads are winding and narrow, along steep gorges and mostly overlooking the blue sea.
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