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The Cape Girão


An extremely comfortable island with red gum forests and lack of snakes and mosquitoes! Madeira is the Portuguese paradise - once you can afford to make your dream a reality and spend every evening on the terrace with stunning views of the sunset in the ocean, relaxing fresh air from the grocery wine under the gentle sea breeze ....


The Cape Girão is a cliff on the south coast of the island of Madeira , located near Câmara de Lobos . Its height is specified between 560 and 589 m, making it one of the highest in Europe and in the world (the highest, probably is the Pulpit Rock in Norway, measuring 597 m). There are terraces at mid-height and in the bottom of the cliff. Formerly, these were accessible only by boat. Since August 2003, a small cable car was installed in order, initials, to facilitate access to farmers. For tourists, the Cape Girão is a gazebo and an exceptional starting point for paragliding. From the top of this majestic cliff you can enjoy views of the Atlantic Ocean and see the curving line of the world's horizon. But the view from the shadow of the cliff to the sea creates an entirely different impression - a black basalt boulders was sporting from eucalyptus and mimosa-like fern, decorated with strips of waterfalls, colorful watering mosses and lichens.


Located on the island of Madeira, the Cape Girao is above all the sea cliffs in Europe and it is the second largest rock in the world. Immersed for a few hundred meters depth in the Atlantic Ocean, it reaches the bottom of the ocean and rushes into the interior of the earth. The steep slopes of Cape Girao are exposed top of a huge underwater volcano, surrounded by such deep waters, not far from the shore and are often seen. Madeira – the Portuguese island archipelago located in the North Atlantic Ocean, about 1,000 km south of Portugal and 500 km west of the African coast. It is an autonomous region of Portugal and part of the EU and a special remote area.


The archipelago consists of two inhabited islands of Madeira and Porto Santo, and two remote groups of small uninhabited islands that serve as a refuge for sea birds - the Desertash and the Selvazhensh Islands. Madeira is called the island of eternal spring. The flora of the island affects its abundance and diversity. A creation of human hands is impressive! For lovers of seafood and fresh fish it is the best place to find!

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Unique marine paradise… Wild and rugged, with coves and deserted sandy beaches with crystal clear water and often reachable only by sea, secluded anchorages on the background are the magnificent cliffs and mountains, sometimes with sleeping little ports where you can enjoy fresh fish caught daily, brought by the local fishermen.
  What is a sea cliff?   A sea cliff is a steep rock created by erosion along a coast.
The word cliff applies to any rocky escarpment, near a coast.
  Types of cliffs   We can distinguish: low cliffs (height less than 2 meters ), medium cliffs (between 2 and 10 meters) and high cliffs (over 10 meters).
The highest cliffs in the world, Kahiwa Falls , are located in Hawaii on the Molokai Island, and they are about 610 meters high.
  Cliff formation   Cliffs are formed:   by the action of horizontal erosion on an elevated bank  either by vertical action digging on a substrate rock  or by a differential erosion on two types of rocks , one being more sensitive than the other.
At the foot of the cliffs are usually the remains of their collapse phase in the form of piles of rocks.
The importance of these clusters often depends on the sensitivity of the erosion of the rock.
  Nesting habitats   Enjoy the close-up views of the beautiful sides of the rock nesting colonies, with binoculars and telescopes provided.
If you someday visit a sea cliff, you can closely look and see a basking adder, while at sea, may be porpoises and dolphins.
The sea cliffs provide nest sites for about 4,000 birds, including puffins, guillemots, auks and fulmars.
Other birds that use this habitat include Peregrines and Ravens.
Seabird populations are monitorized not to be bothered and any disturbances to the colony are minimized.
  Visitors’ value   The beauty of the reserves with seabird spectacles, operational lighthouses and many sites of geological and of archaeological interest, make the sea cliffs very popular among visitors.
These are major tourist attractions to enhance the flow of tourist revenue to islands and seas.
If possible, you will be provided support by the local communities and you will be transported to another slower, more relaxing time.
  As the cliffs are located along rocky coastlines, being on the top of them offers stunning and spacious views.
Sea cliffs are the most beautiful parts of the seas.
The array of barren rocks, the reefs and beaches serve as the best opportunities for excellent tours for a day, swimming and romantic vacations.
Sea cliffs are good spots, splendid isolations for relaxation and meditation.

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The Cape Girão   - Beautiful view
The Cape Girão - Beautiful view

The Cape Girão   - Portuguese paradise
The Cape Girão - Portuguese paradise