Inaugurated in 2007, the modern cable car at Garajau descends 200 metres to the pebbled shores of Garajau beach, situated in a pleasant bay. This spot features a small café and a popular scuba diving centre, which offers a range of courses and equipment rental for exploring the exciting underwater world of the protected Garajau Marine Reserve. The beach is quiet and offers wonderful crystal-clear waters for swimming.
Garajau is a small coastal village close to Caniço, east of Funchal. Local attractions include the imposing Cristo Rei statue, which gazes across the Atlantic. Take a bracing walk along the Ponta do Garajau headland, which boasts spectacular views of the Desertas Islands on a clear day.
The cable car works in the summer from Monday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 20:00 h.