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Encumeada Viewpoint

At the top of the mountain range, where the wind blows intensely, the Encumeada Viewpoint enchants the gaze. For more attractions on the island, check Things To Do Madeira. For a guide to the island city capital of the island, see Things To See And Do In Funchal Madeira.

At an altitude of 1007 meters, we see the valleys of Ribeira Brava and São Vicente and the mountains that cross the island. It is a magical place to contemplate at sunrise and sunset, which dye the sky with impressive colours.

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It is also a starting point for several hiking trails that allow you to explore the island’s biodiversity. One of the most famous routes is the one that leads to Pico Grande, one of the highest mountains in Madeira. The route is challenging, but it’s worth it for the magnificent views.


In Miradouro da Encumeada, we can enjoy typical Madeiran products at the support bar and in the handicrafts selling space. We tasted the bolo do caco, the poncha, and the sugar cane honey and bought a souvenir. It is one of the unmissable places in Madeira, as it combines nature, culture, and adventure.

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Do not limit yourself to just the Encumeada Viewpoint. Countless other places deserve your attention:
Heading west along regional road 110, you will find another viewpoint worth discovering a stunning view of the surrounding plain and mountains.

This is the Bica da Cana Viewpoint, a refuge of tranquillity and serenity, where you can breathe pure air and rejuvenate your senses.
On the south coast, a picturesque Ribeira Brava reveals a historic church and museum to explore. We can enjoy basking in the sun on the Ribeira Brava beach.

Very close by, we find a cliff that defies gravity and allows us to observe the shimmering sea. This is the Cabo Girão Skywalk, a marvel of nature.

For those who love adventure and mystery, there is a hidden treasure deep within the island. The Grutas de São Vicente are a fascinating labyrinth of rocks and lava.

On the other side of the Parque Natural da Madeira, the Pico do Arieiro emerges a colossal peak that seems to touch the sky.

Continuing northeast, we arrive at a tongue of land that extends out into the sea: Ponta de São Lourenço, with a beautiful trail that showcases the beauty of this corner of the island.