If you are looking for a beautiful island resort in the Atlantic Ocean, then Camara de Lobos is an excellent choice. Located on the Portuguese island of Madeira this is charming place offering lots of things to see and do. Visitors will find numerous different places to stay including self catering accommodation, villas, B&Bs and apartments.
Vigario is the only beach in Camara de Lobos but has good facilities and is a great place to relax in the sun. Visitors can participate in various watersports nearby with diving centres in Funchal as well as surfing on the Atlantic waves. The beautiful landscape lends itself to hiking and cycling, while horse riding is also available on the island.
One of the more bizarre activities on the island is the Monte toboggan rides, which are two-seater wicker baskets on sledges pushed and steered downhill by local men. There are two golf courses on the island as well as tennis and squash facilities. Big game fishing trips are available too with good quantities of marlin, tuna, swordfish and other species.
Self catering holidaymakers will be able to purchase food and drink from a local supermarket. A large selection of shops can be found in Funchal, where there is also an enclosed market. The area has numerous bars, cafes and restaurants with locally caught fish a particular speciality.
The island capital city, Funchal is very close by and a great place to visit with many interesting buildings and attractions including several museums and churches. Beautiful gardens and parks are located around the island with the Botanical Gardens near Funchal and a cable car ride takes visitors up to the Monte Palace Tropical Garden.
A visit to the Lido Promenade provides visitors with many more gardens, bars, restaurants and swimming pools. Visitors interested in a night of gambling can try the casino located in the capital. Various boat trips are offered from Funchal including a ferry service to the island of Porto Santo and dolphin and whale spotting excursions.
The warmest months of the year are July and August when the average high temperature is 26 degrees centigrade. Even in January the average high is 17 with the minimum rarely falling below 10 degrees centigrade. During the summer months there is hardly any rainfall and the wettest month is usually November with an average 4.2 inches of rain.
Madeira Airport (FNC) is located near the capital city Funchal and approximately 10 kilometres from Camara de Lobos. Flights come in to Madeira from Amsterdam, Berlin, London, Lisbon Paris, Prague, Vienna and Zurich amongst others. Passengers will find taxis located outside the terminal building and six car rental companies operate out of the airport. These are Auto Jardim, Avis, Drive Car, Europcar, Hertz and Rodavante.