Câmara de Lobos, Madeira

Discover this little fishing village named Câmara de Lobos, in Madeira, Portugal.

Câmara de Lobos, Madeira
Câmara de Lobos, Madeira 
© T.S. Turismo da Madeira

Câmara de Lobos is a little fishing village and municipality, located in the west of Madeira, which owes a big part of its appeal to the little fleet of fishing boats, painted in rich colours. The fishing boats can be seen in the beach for most of the day.

Boat, Câmara de Lobos, Madeira
© F.C. Turismo da Madeira

In the port you will find a little shipyard, where the ancient craft of the construction and repair of boats. The fishermen usually go fishing at night to fish the Espada Preto (Black Scabbardfish in English), a species of big eyes, who lives at 800 metres deep, only coming to the surface to prey on other animals. To capture them, they use long thimbles with 150 or more hooks, fattened with squids.

To see the arriving of the fish you have to wake up very early, because at 7 o’clock in the morning most of the fish has been sent to the market already.

In the village there is also a modest fishermen chapel. On its walls, there are representations of scene of Saint Anthony’s life, such as one of a boat being shaken by the storm travelling from Italy to Portugal and another one of the sermon he preached so eloquently that even the fishes moved closer to listen.

The name of the village comes from the fact that, at the time of the discovery of the island, sea lions were plentiful here. Nowadays, sea lions surface from time to time in the Southern coast of the island, and a colony still lives in Desertas Island.

Not far from here, stands Cabo Girão Cape, the tallest cliff in Europe.

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