Ponta de São Lourenço
The name of the region comes from an historical event: the discovery of Madeira. In 1420 a boat expedition arrived, guided by D. Henrique. Reaching this extreme peninsular part of the island, located in his eastern part, a sailor exclaimed:"ó São Lourenço, chega!". Literally, "São Lourenco is arriving!". Translating "St. Lawrence, enough!". St. Lawrence while he was being burned alive exclaimed "Turn me over, this side is done!" ...
Flora and fauna
The climate of Ponta de Sao Lourenco is unique on the island. While the rest of Madeira is moist, aridity and predominance of North winds, provide unique features in this region. In the summer temperatures hardly get over 28-30° while in the winter never drop below 10-12°.
Bus 113 SAM has a stop directly at the beginning of the hike. A wide parking lot is available if you prefer to use a rental car.
No fees or permits are required to entry in the peninsular area.
Take a journey to hidden gems around Ponta de São Lourenço: visit its enchanting bays, marine caves and breathtaking landscapes, accessible only by boat. Kayaking is a relaxing and thrilling educational experience for all, a balanced mix of exploring, snorkeling, bird watching and paddling through Madeira’s exotic environment.Azul Diving Center is located in Ponta de São Lourenço and provide excellent guided tours.
Snorkeling is one of the best ways to enjoy the crystal waters of the region. As marine park, Ponta de Sao Lourenco has a lot to offer not only to scuba divers but also for the snorkeling lovers. Baia D'Abra is an amazing environment where surrounded by rocks of volcanic origin you can swim in shallow waters and observe the rich biodiversity that makes this region so famous. The best way to explore the area is by boat as there are just few direct access to land.
Scuba Diving has become very popular in recent years due to the crystal waters and the abundance of life that characterize Madeira. Recently explored, Ponta de Sao Lourenco can offer the best dive sites of the island. This area is reachable from the very close Marina of Quinta do Lorde, where you find Azul Diving Center.
The clear waters and marine life of Madeira, known for its numerous nature reserves and marine areas, offer countless fascinating and electrifying dive spots. The marine fauna of this region consists mainly of coastal species. Sandy and rocky bottoms host numerous species of marine creatures : groupers (Epinephelus guaza ) and other serranids, salps , sea bream , mullet, scorpion fish (Scorpaena scrofa), moray eels, octopus, cuttlefish, barracuda, damsels are just some of the species that divers may commonly spot. Among the invertebrates, besides various species of anemones and starfish, we emphasize the presence of numerous bearded fireworms (Hermodice carunculata), known for their considerable size (up to 30cm) and for their painfully stinging bristles. Common are also several species of crabs; the most curious of them is definitely the arrow crab (Stenorhynchus seticornis).Large, typically pelagic organisms can also be occasionally encountered: tuna, cetaceans (i.e. the spotted dolphin and Risso’s dolphin),sea turtles, manta rays and mobulas, and the famous but very rare monk seal (Monachus monachus).
The closest hotel in the nearby is the 5 star Quinta do Lorde Marina Resort.
Madeira is a safe country to visit, and some basic common sense will go a long way. Pay attention during the hike to do not take stupid risks and stay well within the path.