Baia d'Abra - Cais do Sardinha - Pico do Furado - Baia d'Abra

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The São Lourenço Peninsula is one of the most popular walking destinations on Madeira – and deservedly so. This wild, bare rock peninsula thrusts defiantly out into the Atlantic Ocean, creating a narrow neck of land with dramatic sea views to either side. The rocky floor is carpeted with wildflowers and also provides a home and nesting ground for birds such as Berthelot's pipit.

At the far end of the peninsula, a steep haul from the park wardens' house, the Casa do Sardinha, leads to the twin-peaked summit of Pico do Furado, the easternmost point on Madeira accessible by foot. The views from here are simply breathtaking, encompassing not only a large chunk of the Madeiran coastline, but also Porto Santo and the uninhabited Ilhas Desertas.

Retracing our steps gives us the chance to enjoy all that dramatic coastal scenery over again. In fine weather you may also fancy a dip in the sea: bathing is possible from a small quay (the Cais do Sardinha) below the wardens' house and a small, pebbly beach, the Porta da Abra. There are no facilities on the walk, but drinks and snacks can be bought from a refreshments van in the car park at Baia d'Abra.

Portugal - Madeira Islands - Madeira - Cruise Walk


Birds, Flowers, Great Views, Public Transport, Sea