Ponta de Sao Lourenco Madeira


Ponta de Sao Lourenco Madeira – A rough but romantic landscape awaits you in this amazing walk. You will have the sea on both sides and the finish is just fantastic. You can even wear swimwear, because the “Prainha” (little beach) there, with its beautiful sand, is 150 meters long for swimming, with the lunar landscape in the background, which accompanies you on the way with limestone, basalt and tuffs. 

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Canical, Madeira, Portugal


Location of Ponta de Sao Lourenco Madeira

Tip: By clicking on the blue arrow next to the blue star Google will automatically show you the best way from your current location to the start of this Walk.

Highlights of Ponta de Sao Lourenco Madeira

Description of the Walk Ponta de Sao Lourenco Madeira

We from Madeira-Portugal-Guide are all for safety. That is why we recommend never walking any of the Levadas alone. Some of them can be dangerous and involve passing high-altitude areas. Falling off a steep slope or cliff can lead to severe injuries or worse. If, for whatever reason, you decide to go alone, let someone know which Levada you will hike and report back to them, once you have safely returned.

All information on this page is made to the best of our knowledge, belief, and care. A guarantee for the correctness can not be given, a liability due to the contents is therefore excluded. The use of the information is at your own risk. For accidents, which might be due to our information, is not liable. Mountain hiking, mountaineering, and rock climbing are potentially dangerous activities. Each hiker must decide for himself whether the goal he aspires to corresponds to his mountaineering abilities. He has to inform himself before the tour about the current weather conditions and the degree of difficulty of the tour and decide for himself whether this tour meets his abilities. The suggestions on this page do not mean that the destination is easily accessible, unforeseen weather events can make the most harmless way impassable! This applies to every altitude. Meanwhile, the track or parts of this track can be locked.


History of Ponta de Sao Lourenco

The eastern part of the island, where this peninsula is located, is vastly different from the rest of Madeira. First of all, plant life is sparse. There are hardly any trees or other vegetation in this region. Second, in stark contrast to the rest of the island, this area is pretty flat. The highest point reaches only 150 meters. As a result, clouds hardly ever build-up, making rain a rarity. 

Even though this part might not be as lush as the others, the scenery is still fantastic. Nowhere else on the island can you see its volcanic origin. The black and red layers of rock that make up the mountain, create a special atmosphere. You will also get to see vertical layers of black basalt that broke through the stone layer in later eruptions.

Combine this with the shimmering blue ocean that surrounds the peninsula and you will have a sight that you will keep in your memory for time to come.

How to get there

The best way to reach this trail is by car.  Go to the Location section and let Google Maps show you the optimal route from your current position. 

Of course, you can also use public transport to the Peninsula São Lourenço. Follow this link to see the official schedule of all public bus lines on Madeira. The buses stop directly at the beginning of the trail.

Important to know

As mentioned before, the peninsula São Lourenço lies in the eastern part of Madeira. Due to its geographic location the region is well-protected against strong winds. Some days, however, it can still be quite windy. If this is the case, I advise against doing this hike. Winds can come in such high velocities that you could get blown off a cliff. In general, this walk is not the safest one. The majority of the time you are walking on stone. Additionally, there is a lot of grit, creating a path that is sometimes slippery (more than once, I landed on my butt:-D). Therefore I recommend that you wear your best hiking shoes. If you should have knee problems, it is better to skip this one. You will go up and down a lot.


During the hike you will come across several spots that are ideal for taking a swim. Don’t forget to bring a towel and swimwear. 

While following the Levada you will pass some remote areas where you will not be able to access the Internet. I recommend to you, to save this guide as a PDF on your mobile device.  To do that, click on the Printer-Button in the share-section and save this page as a PDF file. This will allow you to access the trail description without the need for a stable Internet connection.

The Walk

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Even though the starting and end point are the same for this hike, this walk is not a loop trail. Instead, you will walk to the end of the island and then backtrack all the way.

Waypoint 01

If you arrive via car, you will find a good parking spot at this roundabout. The earlier you come, the closer you will be able to park near the entrance....

Waypoint 02

The hike starts on the paved path next to the big yellow sign....

Waypoint 03

Keep on following the path for about 10 to 15 minutes....

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Final Thoughts: The backtracking should take around 45 minutes. Enjoy the trail!

Once you have reached the parking lot, make sure to high-five yourself and your friends.

You have completed the hike. Congratulations!

Detailed map of Ponta de Sao Lourenco Madeira

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