Camara De Lobos

Câmara do Portuguese meaning (chamber of the wolves) is a city, a parish and a municipality in the west-central southside part of Madeira. Câmara de Lobos is named after the area where sea wolves are found. They are the monk seals, two of which are also seen in its coat of arms. Nowadays, there are fewer monk seals than in the 1980s. Câmara de Lobos is the second largest city by population in Madeira, after Funchal, the capital of the Autonomous Region. The city and parish population is 16,842 - and that of the whole borough is 34,614. The parish is one of the smallest on the island: its area is 51.82 km². Its density is /km², thus ranking the second most densest in Madeira. It is located west of Funchal and east of Ribeira Brava. Câmara de Lobos is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on the south, and by mountains on the north. The high rises and condominiums lie nearly 800 m northwest lining up in a row. Câmara de Lobos shares the Funchal urban conurbation (it is connected with the urban sprawl with Funchal). Most of the housing developments were done in the mid to late 20th century in the north. Prior to the housing efforts, farmlands used to cover the northern portion of Câmara de Lobos.

The main sources of industry are agriculture and fishing, while a small number of businesses are located in the downtown area. The area is separated by Estreito de Câmara de Lobos. The area produces Madeira Wine in its local vineyards. In the western part lies Cabo Girão, one of the highest cliffs in Europe (elevation: 580 m). The small point is south of the small port. The downtown core is in the central part and residential areas lie to the west and the northern part with more buildings over the mountain.

It was the first place where the discoverer of Madeira João Gonçalves Zarco landed, and from where he took his new last name.

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