Ponta de Sao Lourenco, Canical

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Green cliffs, red stone chasms, and sharp rocks protruding from the ocean foam make Ponta de Sao Lourenco a wonder that is virtually free from human influence. The area overlooks the north and south parts of the island, and on particularly clear days you can see Porto Santo in the distance. Follow a wooden boardwalk along the ridge over secluded beaches, ocean grottos, and volcanic cliffs. You'll cross valleys lined with palm trees and reach heights of 200 m (650 ft), where only the air separates you from the ocean surface. Bring plenty of water. Put Ponta de Sao Lourenco into our Canical online driving holiday planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Canical.
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  • Had to park a long way down the hill, almost at Quinta. Toilets 1 Euro, rather than the usual 50 cents. Very busy on the path, stopping to let others pass. Nice cafe at the end of the main walk... 
    Had to park a long way down the hill, almost at Quinta. Toilets 1 Euro, rather than the usual 50 cents. Very busy on the path, stopping to let others pass. Nice cafe at the end of the main walk...  more »
  • Great intermediate hike! Amazing views. I would not describe it dangerous but I'd recommend not to bring small kids there. Last part of the trail (to the last hill) was closed but most people still... 
    Great intermediate hike! Amazing views. I would not describe it dangerous but I'd recommend not to bring small kids there. Last part of the trail (to the last hill) was closed but most people still...  more »
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  • We arrived around 13h to the parking and it was pretty crowded, but you can easily find a parking spot somehow. The walk is not so difficult, until the end where there is a high hill. The rest of the way is just up and down so you can catch your breathe easily. We did it in 3h walking pretty relaxing. In the end there is a small cafe with some food and drinks. I recommend taking a jacket since it can get fresh with the wind
  • You have to walk a bit for the better view. Not the whole 4 km but at least a km? It's worth it and beautiful. But wear comfortable shoes. NO FLIP FLOPS. A cap or HAT or scarf will help from the direct sun. Because there is no shades or trees or anything.

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