Câmara de Lobos - Madeira
There are fascinating corners in Madeira to enjoy an attractive holiday and, without any doubt, one of the most unforgettable is Câmara de Lobos, where visitors can enjoy rustic and natural surroundings. When visiting Câmara de Lobos don’t forget to visit Pico da Torre, Curral das Freiras, Boca dos Namorados, Boca da Corrida and Cabo Girão.
Câmara de Lobos is a city and the county seat of the parish, on the south coast of the Madeira Island. The municipality of Câmara de Lobos has about 35,000 inhabitants spread over an area of 51.82 km2. The main economic activities of the parish are fishing, agriculture with emphasis on banana production, trade, services and industry.
The location of town is thought to be the original arrival point for the Portuguese discoverer João Gonçalves Zarco, who is credited with the discovery of Madeira Islands. When the explorer disembarked in Câmara de Lobos in 1419, he observed a thin cliff that extended into the ocean, and another cliff face that formed an amphitheater-like harbor that could shelter ships from Atlantic storms.
The name of this parish comes from the fact that at the time of the discovery of the island loads of sea lions were sighted at that cove that still retains the same configuration. Currently these animals appear only occasionally on the south coast of the island, with a colony preserved in the Desert Islands.
Câmara de Lobos was the first place where João Gonçalves Zarco, the navigator who discovered the island lived between 1420 and 1424. This was the first settlement established in Madeira by João Gonçalves Zarco himself, which became parish in 1430,
This land of fishermen, whose main expertise is the fishing for black scabbardfish, owes its fame to the fishermen who paint the bay with their picturesque and very distinctive boats - the Xavelhas. The former British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, painted this exceptional portrait when he visited the island on 8th January 1950.
The historical heritage of the village of Câmara de Lobos features the Igreja de São Sebastião, built in the sixteenth century, the chapel of Nossa Senhora da Conceição founded in the fifteenth century and rebuilt in the eighteenth century, the former convent of São Bernardino built in 1425, and the Lime Kiln integrated in tourism project in the Salinas area.
Here you can climb to the islet of Câmara de Lobos a cliff overlooking the sea that resembles an island, which is home too much of the fishing population of this locality. This space has recently been refurbished and adapted to cultural activities, with a beautiful garden, providing magnificent views of the city, the sea and the surrounding area, including Cabo Girão.
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WHERE TO STAY IN CÂMARA DE LOBOS
3 Bedroom Villa: Located 1,30 k.m. from Câmara de Lobos, this luxurious and modern villa is a part of a private complex and has scenic sea and mountain views. The 3 Bedroom Villa in Funchal features an outdoor swimming pool with a sun terrace.
Hotel Orca Praia: Situated on a cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and a sandy beach, this hotel is 6 km from the centre of Funchal. It features an outdoor pool with panoramic views and spacious guestrooms with private balconies.
Victoria Villa: Just off Funchal city, in Madeira Island, the air-conditioned Victoria Villa offers a tranquil setting in a residential area. It offers unparalleled views over the city and the Atlantic Ocean, and an outdoor pool.
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