Situated five kilometres from Funchal, Camara de Lobos is a traditional fishing village that inspired the late Sir Winston Churchill to paint its picturesque surroundings. The village was given its name by the explorers João Gonçalves Zarco and Tristão Vaz Teixeira because of the bay’s shape and the many sea lions (lobos).
Apart from its wonderful bay, Camara de Lobos has several points of interest such as Cabo Girão, Pico da Torre, Curral das Freiras, Boca dos Namorados and Boca da Corrida.
Going towards Estreito de Camara de Lobos parish, you will see that the banana plantations give way to vineyards and then, a little further up, to cherries, alternatively stroll along the harbour to visit an eatery serving delicious local flavours.
The climate of Madeira is similar to that found around the Mediterranean or coastal California - Madeira has mild winters, and generally warm, sunny summers. The ocean moderates the climate so the island never suffers extreme heat or extreme cold. Winter months are slightly wetter - especially in mountain regions, however these spells only last a day or two at a time. In winter there is typically 5 - 6 hours of sunshine, and in Summer there can be up to 8.