Fajã dos Padres is located on the south coast of Madeira Island, at the bottom of a cliff in Campanário, Ribeira Brava, near the famous promontory Cabo Girão, commonly considered the highest sea cliff in Europe. The name comes from 'Fajã' (Portuguese for a landfall at the base of a cliff forming a beach-like landing) and 'Padres', which means priests, as this landfall once belonged 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, when a panoramic elevator was installed, it could only be accessed from the sea. Nowadays, this elevator is mainly used to transport goods or when the weather conditions are not favourable to the use of the modern panoramic cable car, which was installed in 2016 and became the main way to descend approximately 300 metres to the fajã.
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 stopping there on their way to other locations — look for them in the Funchal marina.
Either you come by boat or by cable car, you will surely never regret having made your way out to this wonderful paradise!
Cable Car Opening Hours: Summer - Monday to Thursday, from 10:00 to 18:00 and Friday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 19:00
Winter - Everyday, from 10:00 to 18:00