Twice in Câmara de Lobos
All the island is prepared to show its beautiful spots, with men and nature combining to get the best final result. The steep hills are very helpful to open wide views, and flowers give the final touch. However, some point have a special charm, such as this one, not far from Funchal, embracing a small harbor protected by the high mountain.
We had there a very good dinner.
Câmara de Lobos is a small city near Funchal that, nowadays, seems to be part of the capital.
By day, it is possible to notice a smaller density in construction, dominated by the port, but by night it’s really impossible to distinguish them.
The harbor, seen from above, is the main view of town.
The most famous sightseeing point in Madeira is cabo Girão, the second tallest cape in the world, 589 meters above sea level.
It has awesome views along the southern coast, and a chapel that is one of the most important places of local pilgrimage.
Fajã dos Padres
Under cabo Girão there’s a small cultivated area by the sea, provided by the erosion of the coast.
Until 2003 the so called Fajã dos Padres (“fajã” is the general name of those pieces of land in the coast) was only reachable by boat, but today there’s a lift working during the day.
In my first visit to the island I was invited to a dinner in a well located restaurant in Câmara de Lobos, in a nice spot with great views.
We ate the typical grilled meat with laurel, and ended the night with a show of folklore in the restaurant.
I think that it is not regular event but a courtesy from the people who invited us, however, the quality of the meal was, for sure natural.
The price… well, I was invited…
Website: O Lagar
Standing close to Funchal, Câmara de Lobos is the quickly growing village of Madeira, now a city linked to the capital by dense construction.
It keeps being one of the main fishing harbors in Madeira, specialized in the black swordfish (Aphanopus carbo), a delicate fish from the deep.
It also has great views from the high roads.
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