Got a stomach for heights and love winding roads?
Here we have one of the spots you “MUST” visit on the Island of Madeira.
The Cabo Girão viewpoint.
Cabo Girão is located in the southern part of the Madeira Islands. Standing at 570 meters (1,870 ft), the cliff is often referred to as the highest sea cliff in Europe but at least three European cliffs are higher.
It is in fact situated on the highest promontory in Europe, offering fantastic views of the fajãs of Rancho and Cabo Girão (small areas of cultivated land at the foot of the cliff), as well as magnificent panoramic views over the ocean and to the East over the municipalities of Câmara de Lobos and Funchal.
The terraced fields that can be seen beneath the cliff used to be only accessible by boat. In 2003, a cable car was installed on the slope of the cliff so farmers can reach these low-lying fields.
What is a promontory?
a point of high land that juts out into the sea or a large lake; a headland.
Besides beng famous for its views, the suspended glass platform (sky walk) is not for the faint hearted. It is an excellent spot to practice paragliding and base jumping.
Parking is available nearby, for those looking to take a hike, you can do so along the Levada do Norte and enjoy the breathtaking views along the way.
On site there is a cafe and souvenirs shop.
Summer: 8.30am – 8.00pm
Winter: 8.30am – 7.00pm
Location: Estrada do Cabo Girão, 9300-351 Câmara de Lobos
How to Get there: Drive up along the winding roads or go by Bus.
RODOESTE (Bus Line): 4,6,7,8,115,139,142,148