Madeira - Fajã dos Padres

Fajã dos Padres is located on the south coast of Madeira Island, at the bottom of the famous promontory ‘Cabo Girão’, the second highest cliff in the world. The name comes from ‘Fajã’ – Portuguese for a landfall at the base of a cliff forming a beach-like landing and ‘Padres’ which are priests – meaning a land fall once belonging to priests of the Society of Jesus.

Set in a remote cove, this land produces the best Malmsey wine on the island and until 1998 it could only be accessed from the sea. Now there is a modern glass elevator – with 350 meters one of the highest in Europe – in operation. Today Fajã dos Padres is a small secluded tourist resort offering a restaurant, wonderful swimming and fishing facilities, guesthouses for short stays and amazing sea and mountain views. Apart from the wine culture, this area also has excellent weather conditions for the cultivation of papaya, mango, avocado, banana and other exotic fruit such as passion fruit and guava.

There are several companies offering very enjoyable boat trips to Fajã dos Padres or passing Fajã dos Padres on their way to other locations. Look for them in the Funchal marina.

If you come by boat or by car you will surely never regret having made your way out to this wonderful paradise!

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