CÂMARA DE LOBOS
Magnificent landscapes painted by Churchill
Câmara de Lobos is located in the south of Madeira Island in a small bay next to Funchal. The name derives from many sea wolves (“lobos” means “wolves”) that were found by the archipelago discoverers. This fishermen’s land with its colourful boats and popular environment was one of Winston Churchill’s favourite places, who often painted these magnificent landscapes. In terms of monuments, it is worth highlighting 15th century Main Church, transformed in the 18th century, and the Chapel of Nossa Senhora da Imaculada Conceição built in the 16th century. One of the most popular places of the municipality is Curral das Freiras, a small locality placed at the bottom of island’s deepest valley that can be reached by a tunnel or by a quite narrow road, offering incredible landscapes. Along the way, you will find the best observation spot of this small island, the viewpoint of Eira do Serrado, situated at an altitude of 1095m. Actually, this council offers some of the best panoramic views of the island, not only in the viewpoint of Cape Girão, in Europe’s highest promontory (580m), but also in the viewpoint of Pico da Torre with a view over the picturesque council’s headquarters and some of its civil parishes. Other interesting place to visit is Fajã dos Padres – that can be reached by boat or by lift – a lively place with restaurants and fantastic conditions for aquatic sports, despite having few inhabitants. Along the lands of Câmara de Lobos, the first to be planted in the archipelago, you will also see countless vineyards that produce highly famous Madeira Wine.