The Perfect Day Trip To Camara de Lobos, Madeira
This colorful fishing village is a true jewel of Madeira, complete with cobbled streets, a seafront promenade, and even a quaint beach for some serious sun-soaking. Not sure how to get there or what to do once you arrive? I have a foolproof guide to conquering Camara de Lobos. From tips on getting there via public transport or rental car to a full list of things to do and see – including plenty of picturesque photo opportunities – consider this your one-stop-shop for all things Camara de Lobos.
With its charming white-washed buildings, red-tiled roofs, and sea views that will leave you breathless, it’s no wonder it’s a popular day trip from Funchal.
What’s Camara de Lobos?
Camara de Lobos, or the “chamber of wolves,” may sound like a place out of a medieval tale, but don’t worry, there are no furry predators lurking around. Instead, this village on the Portuguese island of Madeira was named after the marine mammals that used to sunbathe on its shores
Why you should visit Camara de Lobos?
If you’re looking to relax and unwind, Camara de Lobos should be on your travel itinerary. The quaint little harbour is perfect for soaking up the Mediterranean sun while indulging in some local cuisine and a thirst-quenching drink or two. The colourful boats bobbing in the harbour are picture perfect.
Camara de Lobos has spectacular view and overall charming vibe
This stunning bay in Madeira is home to some of the most spectacular cliffs in Europe, where the bold and colorful boats bobbing in the blue waters of the Atlantic offer a feast for the eyes. And while the restaurants here are famous for their seafood delicacies.
A short and inexpensive day trip from Funchal
This charming town is conveniently located near Funchal and easy to reach by public transport, or a quick taxi ride won’t cost you more than €15. But what makes it so special are its stunning views, relaxed vibe, and delicious food and drink options. Spend a day soaking up the sun, snapping gorgeous photos, and indulging in local specialities like Poncha.
If you’re looking for a seaside escape that offers more than just picturesque views and a relaxed atmosphere, then Camara de Lobos is the place for you. What this charming little fishing village lacks in size, it more than makes up for in street art! Camara de Lobos is home to an impressive collection of colorful and creative street art. You won’t find a Banksy, but the artwork is undeniably impressive and adds a contemporary twist to the traditional charm.
Lovely snaps from gorgeous viewpoints
Looking for unforgettable memories to take home from Camara De Lobos? Well, grab your camera and head straight to the town’s various viewpoints! Start your adventure by strolling over to the Jardim do Ilheu, a botanical sanctuary with an awe-inspiring backdrop of the ocean and Cabo Girão Skywalk. Want to have a coffee while enjoying the stunning bay views? Look out for Churchill’s Cafe, where you can relax and take in the hustle and bustle of life below. For even more epic photo opportunities, don’t miss the lighthouse lookout offering an entirely new viewpoint. There’s no end to the things to do in Camara De Lobos, so make sure to get the perfect snaps from every angle!
Tucked away behind the beach, this little church may not look like much from the outside, but inside, it’s a true gem. With its beautifully decorated, gilded altar and paintings of fishermen and ships, the chapel is a true feast for the eyes. And, perhaps more importantly, it has a fascinating history. According to legend, fishermen’s wives would come here to pray for their husbands’ safety while they were out on the wild waters.
Chill at the harbor
This beautiful bay is a focal point of the town and offers plenty to see and do. Take a leisurely stroll around the bay, snapping photos of the colourful fishing boats or simply relax in one of the cute seafront restaurants. You can even spot a statue of Winston Churchill sitting in front of the Pestana Hotel. The stunning inlet is surrounded by towering banana plantations and quaint tenement houses, making for a truly picturesque setting. Whether you’re looking to take some stunning photos or just want to unwind and soak up the gorgeous surroundings, the harbour is the perfect place to spend a leisurely afternoon in Camara de Lobos.
Visiting Cabo Girao and Camara de Lobos in one day
On your day trip from Funchal, you have to make a stop at Cabo Girao. This breathtaking skywalk is perched on top of the highest cliff in Madeira, offering incredible views of the island and the Atlantic Ocean. But be warned, it might make your legs a little weak with its 580-meter height above sea level. It’s an experience you simply cannot miss, and it’s completely free! But wait, there’s more! You can also take a cable car ride down to Fajas de Cabo Girao, where you can visit a secluded beach and see remnants of the region’s farming history.
How to get to Camara de Lobos from Funchal?
incredibly easy to get there by public transport. Hop on the green line Horários do Funchal bus number 1 from the Avenida do Mar bus stop or the Rodoeste bus number 7 from in front of Opan cafe in Funchal. Just tell the driver where you want to get off and they’ll be sure to let you know.
don’t settle for just any taxi service – download the Bolt app on your first day in Madeira! I highly recommend Bolt over Uber for its cheap and reliable service.