Cabo Girao

Further along the road from Funchal through Câmara de Lobos and up into the mountains you will arrive at Cabo Girão.

This is the second highest cliff face in the world. Standing at the iron railings of the viewpoint is quite a breathtaking adventure.

The view is incredible and certainly more enjoyable once you retreat from the cliffs edge.

Cabo Girão is a lofty sea cliff located in the southern part of the Atlantic Portuguese Madeira Islands. Situated less than 2 km from the town of Câmara de Lobos, it rises from 560 to 589 metres (1,930 ft) above sea level. Many brochures tell that it is the second highest cliff in Europe, but at least two European cliffs (Preikestolen with 604 m and Slieve League with 601 m) are higher.

The terraced fields lying beneath the cliff used to be only accessible by boat. In August 2003, a cable car was installed on the slope of the cliff so farmers can reach these low-lying fields.

Cabo Girão is a popular lookout point as well as a starting point for hikers. Above the cliffs stand a communications tower and the Santuário or Capela de Nossa Senhora de Fátima[1], Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima. The chapel was built in 1974 to replace a much smaller one built in 1931. Also on the promontory is Encosta Cabo Girão, a complex of 120 apartments operated by Holiday Property Bond.

The parish of Quinta Grande lies west of Cabo Girão. The road linking Calheta and Funchal runs 1 km north. The length of the cliff reaches from approximately 1 km south of Campanário to the west of the urban sprawl of Câmara de Lobos.

Hoppa offers an easy way for you and your friends to get around in Cabo Girão.

Hopping on from Cabo Girao

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