Day 3 – Hiking Week – Ponta São Lourenço

On the day 3 of our EPIC Hiking Week we went to Ponta de São Lourenço. It’s also one of our favorite places since we usually go there to do climbing tours or our famous coasteering, besides that the environment is completely different from everything else on the island.

This area is a natural reserve and it’s path goes along the volcanic São Lourenço peninsula, and has 8 km of extension with the highest altitude being 110 m and the lowest is sea level.

The vegetation here has also a lot of endemic species, but no trees due to the arid climate and the predominante trade winds.

It’s a very special location to see the local fauna, specially the marine birds and if we’re fortunate enough we can see the most rare seal in the world, the monk seal (Monachus monachus).

If this isn’t enough to make you want to go there, before the return there’s an awesome place that you can have a dive in the clear waters of the Atlantic ocean.

Check out this pics:

Hiking and trekking  Madeira Island, Ponta São Lourenço
Viewing points
Hiking and trekking  Madeira Island, Ponta São Lourenço
The amazing landscape
Hiking and trekking  Madeira Island, Ponta São Lourenço
The marine Avifauna
Hiking and trekking  Madeira Island, Ponta São Lourenço
Happiness at the far east end of the island (with the Desertas Island in the Back)
Hiking and trekking  Madeira Island, Ponta São Lourenço
The stairway to the top
Hiking and trekking  Madeira Island, Ponta São Lourenço
The amazing path
Hiking and trekking  Madeira Island, Ponta São Lourenço
Photo opportunity 🙂
Hiking and trekking  Madeira Island, Ponta São Lourenço
Relaxing by the beach before the return

Don’t miss out the post of Day 4