Ponta do Pargo

« the western tip of the island: do Pargo »

The western tip of Madeira Island: Ponta do Pargo, located at the exit of the village of the same name, which offers an impressive viewpoint! An opportunity to discover a new facet of the island with cliffs over 300 m high. A place protected by a nature reserve. Beyond its famous lighthouse and the cliffs to the north and southwest, there is the Garganta Funda site to discover.

La ponta do Pargo, vue depuis Google Earths
« La ponta do Pargo, vue depuis Google Earths »

The lighthouse of Ponto do Pargo

Le phare de Ponta do Pargo
« Le phare de Ponta do Pargo Madere par Allie_Caulfield »

At the tip of the western tip of Madeira the Ponto do Pargo Lighthouse was built. It has been overlooking the cliff since 1890. It is the ideal place to discover the different viewpoints from the lookouts. It also has a small free museum, and offers an incredible view of the vastness of the ocean.

The cliffs of the southwest coast

Ponta do Pargo - côte sud-ouest de Madère
« Ponta do Pargo by Allie_Caulfield is licensed with CC BY 2.0 »

The Ponta do Pargo lookout is impressive and walking along the edge of these green cliffs is one of the things to do in Madeira. There is even a path from the miradouro do Fio: the vereda da Faja Grande, which allows you to go down, however you really have to be careful if you want to venture there, the slope is steep!

The North Coast

The viewpoints of the north coast, from the lighthouse, are not to be outdone. It's really worth a look.

La côte nord-ouest de Madère, depuis le ponta do FarolLa côte nord-ouest fleurie de Madère, depuis le ponta do Farol
« Ponta do Pargo - côte Nord par Hansueli Krapf & Leimenide »

A little further north: the miradouro Garganta Funda, an incredible viewpoint on the Garganta Funda waterfall which flows at the foot of the cliff. Without a doubt one of the highest waterfalls in Madeira! Not to be missed.

How to get to Ponta do Pargo?

From Funchal it takes about 1 hour to get to the village Ponta do Pargo and discover the southwest coast of Madeira. It is possible to park directly at the lighthouse, in the car park provided. You can also park at the "Casa de Cha o Fio" café/restaurant at the miradouro do Fio. From here, it is possible to take a short walk along the cliff and up to the lighthouse via the rua do Fio, which allows you to enjoy the view of the entire south coast.


Carte interactive de Ponta do Pargo

Légende de la carte :

Musées et visites
Eglises et Chapelles
Point de Vue


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