Ponta de São Lourenço

From: 37/per person

Quick Details

  • Availability: Tuesday.
  • } Duration: In total, including with transportation this tour takes about 6 hours, being the hiking time around 4 hours.
  • Distance: 8 Km.
  • Highest Point: 110m.
  • Lowest Point: 5m.
  • Location: Caniçal.
  • Difficult: Moderate.

From: 37/per person

Ponta de São Lourenço

Highlight:
  • Hike a spectacular rocky coast in the furthest eastern corner of Madeira Island surrounded by the sea.
  • Remarkable cliff and rocks formations combining with breathtaking views over the south and the north face of the island.
  • Hike in a protected area with a lot of endemic species that you can find only in Madeira Island.

About Ponta de São Loureço

Ponta de São Lourenço walk runs along the eastern and most beautiful peninsula of Madeira Island. The harsh, almost totally deserted coastline makes the walk one of the most popular and spectacular in Madeira. This walk provides a sharp contrast with the lush, evergreen Levada paths.

The Ponta de São Lourenço is classified as a partial natural reserve and part of the European network of important community sites – Natura 2000.

Named after the explorer Zarco´s ship the “São Lourenço”, this peninsula is linked underwater to the Desertas Island. The walk will reward you with many unique plants, in all about 140 species, 31 that are exclusive of Madeira Island.

This walk is regarded as a medium difficulty level. At the beginning it seems to be very easy…wooden steps, footbridges… what can be difficult here?

As far as the comfortable steps finish, the route leads through steep slopes. That is why you should be cautious.

Along the way you will be amazed by fantastic sceneries, with the Deserted Islands in the south and the Porto Santo island in the north (if the weather permits). From this walk is possible to see the northern and southern coasts of Madeira Island.

Walking to the far end of the peninsula we find the “Cais do Sardinha”, support to the rangers of the Natural Park of Madeira. It is the only place where you can enjoy some shadow of beautiful palm trees. During the summer we will recommend you bring your bathing suit to swim in our crystal clear water.

Additionally, during this walk, you will have a wonderful opportunity to observe planes descending to the airport.

After a few minutes of rest, we return by the same path to the end but before that, we will have the possibility to visit a wonderful viewpoint with stunning views!

Remember to be prepared for different atmospheric conditions: wind, sun, rain… Along the way, it is almost impossible to find shadow, so don’t forget to take sun cream and a hat. As it is a deserted area, you might experience very strong wind.

Get prepared for the unpredictable weather … and the unrepeatable experience!

FAQs
What is included in the price?
Official mountain guide, transportation and personal insurance (according with the Portuguese law).
This hike is ideal for me?
The Ponta de São Lourenço is a moderate walk for that reason you will need to have a good physical condition to do it safely. This is not a flat hike, some parts you will need to go up and some go down. There are some parts exposed but very well protected.
What kind of equipment I need to bring?
For this kind of hike, we recommend you bring comfortable clothes, rain and sun protection and shoes with good grip (never sandals or flipflop). We also recommend you to bring plenty of water.
Is food included on the tour?
The food is not included on the tour, but we have the possibility to provide you a picnic pack (extra cost).
What I need to know before to go?
Is very important to know that this part of the island is sometime windy and very sunny please bring sun protection, raincoat and also sun cream. This walk is inserted in a protected area you cannot walk out of the track.
I can swim in the end of the Ponta de São Lourenço walk?
Yes, you can swim in the crystal water of “Cais do Sardinha” but you need to know that you are in your own responsibility.
Is a Vereda different than a Levada?
A Vereda is a kind of Footpath and is completely different than a Levada. Most of the levadas are flat paths, while the Veredas are irregular paths with ascents and descents. We can say that the vast majority of the Veredas are more difficult than the Levadas.
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