August 14, 2016 ipsuey

Madeira Historical

Ponta do Garajau

garajauThe Garajau headland or Ponta do Garajau, is a fabulous location to the East of Funchal at Caniço. At the top of the headland about 150 metres above sea level, you will find the statue of ‘ Cristo Rei’, similar to the famous statue in Rio de Janeiro and a copy of the statue in Almada on mainland Portugal. Well worth the walk from the statue down to the tip of the headland. The Miradouro, has fantastic views west towards Funchal with a wonderful ocean panorama across to the Desertas Islands and beyond. At night a great place to hear Cory’s Shearwater Calonectris diomedea who nest in the area.

 

Pico do Facho Viewpoint

machicoThe Pico do Facho Viewpoint offers a wide view over the Machico valley, reaching as far as the island’s central peaks and Ponta de São Lourenço. The Pico do Facho Viewpoint is located above Machico, before reaching the tunnel of Caniçal, along a path that leads up to the top of Pico do Facho. Historically, this was the place where huge bonfires were lit in order to alert the population of approaching enemy ships. From here, the panoramic views of the Machico valley can be admired; they extend up to the island’s central peaks, including Ponta de São Lourenço. Also below in Machico you will be able to see the man made Sandy beach, which originally the sand comes from outside and also our spectacular run way which everyone likes to see it and also land in Madeira. pico_facho

 

Ponta de São Lourenço

ponta_sao_lourencoFrom the Ponta do Rosto Viewpoint, in Caniçal, there are great views of the north and south coasts of Madeira Island. On sunny days you can also see Porto Santo Island. The Ponta do Rosto Viewpoint, located in the northern part of the São Lourenço Peninsula, deserves special mention for its flora and fauna. From this viewpoint, it is possible to view both the northern and southern coasts of Madeira Island. There is a option to visit the Whale Museum ,where it will let you know the history of hunting Whales in Madeira.

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