Camara de Lobos

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Visit this old-fashioned fishing village, known for inspiring one of Britain’s greatest politicians with its charming scenery.

Câmara de Lobos is a traditional Madeiran village, the landscape of which was famously painted by Winston Churchill during the 1950s. Go for a stroll along the harbor, where multicolored boats are lined up against the shore, or walk amid the whitewashed cottages of the town, stopping at one of the quaint restaurants to try some local dishes.

Be sure to visit the town’s rocky beach, which is overlooked by some of the highest cliffs in Europe. Take a few photos of the bright boats contrasting against the beach’s grey stones. Visit the beach in the evening to see fishermen returning with the daily catch. See children playing and old men chatting or playing cards on overturned boats.

Keep an eye out for a plaque marking the spot where Winston Churchill set up his easel to paint this seaside scene. Although the legendary statesman only visited Câmara de Lobos once, it was enough to make the town famous and increase Madeira’s popularity as a vacation destination.

Walk into town to see the small fishermen’s chapel, called Nossa Senhora da Conceição. Believed to be the second-oldest chapel on the island, the building was founded in the 15th century and was rebuilt 3 centuries later. Notice how the chapel’s interior is decorated with depictions of St. Nicholas, the patron saint of seafarers. The wives of fishermen would traditionally come here to pray for their husbands at sea.

Head down Rua Joao de Deus, an attractive street lined with traditional shops, restaurants and bars. Be sure to sample one of the dishes made with black scabbardfish, a species commonly caught by local fishermen.

Take a look inside Igreja de São Sebastião, an 18th-century parish church. Admire the church’s fine azulejo tiles, its Baroque gilded wood altarpiece and its blue ceiling decorated with clouds.

Câmara de Lobos is located in west-central Madeira, about 3 miles (5 kilometers) away from Funchal. Most buses heading west from Funchal stop in the village.

Where to stay in Camara de Lobos

Eira do Serrado Hotel & SPA
Eira do Serrado Hotel & SPA
4 out of 5
Curral Das Freiras, Camara de Lobos
The price is ¥9,101 per night from Dec 4 to Dec 4
Situated in the mountains, this eco-friendly hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Pico Ruivo, CR7 Museum, and Funchal Marina. Madeira Congress Center and Formosa ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (54 reviews)
"Wonderful reception and checkin process! The staff have gone above and beyond!"

Reviewed on Sep 2, 2021

Eira do Serrado Hotel & SPA
Pestana Churchill Bay
Pestana Churchill Bay
4 out of 5
Rua Nossa Senhora da Conceicao 17, \N, Camara de Lobos, Madeira
The price is ¥15,697 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 5
Situated on the beach, this spa hotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Formosa Beach and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Cabo Girao. CR7 Museum and Funchal Marina are also within ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (21 reviews)
Fantastic Experience
"Amazing Hotel with Fantastic Staff in an Amazing Location. 10/10"

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2021

Pestana Churchill Bay
Quinta da Saraiva
Quinta da Saraiva
3 out of 5
Caminho da Saraiva, Camara de Lobos, Madeira
The price is ¥9,126 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 6
Situated in Camara de Lobos, this farm stay is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Formosa Beach and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Cabo Girao. CR7 Museum and Funchal Marina are also ...
5/5 Exceptional! (4 reviews)
"Cette maison rénovée dans le style madeirien est splendide et très moderne. Elle offre tous les services d'un hôtel 5 étoiles dans une ambiance plus intimiste. L'accès est difficile à trouver et se fait uniquement par le haut du chemin qui est très pentu, étroit et typique de l'île. Nous avons prolongé ..."

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2020

Quinta da Saraiva
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Villas Quinta da Lapa II by Ana Lodges
Villas Quinta da Lapa II by Ana Lodges
3 out of 5
Caminho João Ernesto Pereira, 10, Camara de Lobos
The price is ¥7,179 per night from Dec 4 to Dec 4
Situated near the beach, this apartment building is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Formosa Beach and within 6 mi (10 km) of CR7 Museum and Funchal Marina. Madeira Botanical ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
"Impresionante apartamento! No le falta de nada, todo muy limpio y de calidad. Ana Lodge una excelente anfitriona. Nos han recibido con varios detalles gastronómicos. No tenemos dudas, volveremos a repetir!"

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2019

Villas Quinta da Lapa II by Ana Lodges
Village Cabo Girao
Village Cabo Girao
4 out of 5
Rua 1º de Julho, nº 2, Camara de Lobos
This family-friendly Camara de Lobos aparthotel is located in the mountains, 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Cabo Girao, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Complexo Balnear do ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (107 reviews)
"The apartment and property exceeded expectations. Wonderful views, very clean and large apartment."

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2021

Village Cabo Girao
T2 Câmara de Lobos
T2 Câmara de Lobos
4 out of 5
Estrada de Santa Clara, 36, Camara de Lobos, Madeira
Situated in Camara de Lobos, this apartment building is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Formosa Beach and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Cabo Girao. CR7 Museum and Funchal Marina are ...
T2 Câmara de Lobos
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