Ponta de são lourenço
What does Ponta de São Lourenço mean?
Ponta de São Lourenço (Portuguese for the Point of Saint Lawrence) is the easternmost point of the island of Madeira. It is inside the town of Caniçal and forms a part of the municipality of Machico. Its terrain are made up of rocks and herbaceous vegetation.
Where is the vereda Ponta de Sao Lourenço hike?
The Vereda Ponta de Sao Lourenço hike starts on the eastern tail of Madeira Island and is well marked on Google Maps. This rugged headland has a unique mars like landscape, completely different than the rest of Madeira Island. The trail starts at the roundabout where there is plenty of dedicated parking spots for your car.
What are the characteristics of the FORA DO Lourenço Peninsula?
This peninsula is volcanic in origin, and is mainly made of basalt, although there are also some limestone sediment formations. At the end of the Point there are two islets: the Cevada, Metade or Desembarcadouro Islet, and the S. Lourenço Point, Farol or Fora Islet.
What makes Ponta de São Lourenço so special?
Ponta de São Lourenços vegetation is very special and unique within ‘Macaronesia’, not because it is untouched but for the presence of important groups of endemic flora that are confined to this area. Apart from the rich vegetation, this reserve is home to many bird species and even sea lions that can occasionally be seen here.
What to do at São Lourenço?
During the entire walk to the end of São Lourenço you’ll walk between rock formations, with beautiful views on the endless ocean and the rocky shore on both sides of the trail. There are many ‘observation points’, from which you can see the waves crash against the rocks down below.
What is the most eastern peninsula of Madeira?
This is the most eastern peninsula of the island of Madeira, 9 km long and 2 km wide, including the two islands Ilhéu da Cevada and Ilhéu da Ponta de São Lourenço.