Garajau - Madeira Hotels

Mini guide to Garajau - Madeira


Located on the island of Madeira, Garajau is a town that remains little affected by the outside world. It maintains a relaxing, friendly atmosphere and is nestled amid some truly wonderful countryside.

The Nature Reserve of Parcial do Garajau was created in 1986 and is the principal attraction of the area. This is the only purely marine reserve in Portugal. Extraordinary crystal-clear water assures ideal scuba diving conditions and is one of the reasons for the marine biodiversity of this habitat.

Garajau's hillside setting offers stunning sea views, and the town's name refers to the many garajaus (sea birds) that nest here. Garajau is located on the coast between Funchal and Canico; near the town, the promontory of Ponta do Garajau contains a large statue of Christ the King.

Visitors who stay in Garajau usually come to appreciate the nature, and scuba diving is very popular here. The exotic marine life is in abundance due to the no-fishing rule and visibility is superb. There are some lovely little eateries in town serving up traditional Portuguese dishes; for lively nightlife, you'll have to make the short trip to the capital, Funchal.

Travelling by car is the best way to explore the island, as public transport, although improving, isn't very flexible. The hidden valleys and peaks of the island all deserve a visit, as do the several botanical gardens, some of which are part of old private residencies now open to the public. Funchal is easily explored on foot and is the island's life and soul, boasting a glitzy nightlife and superb dining.

The Aeroporto de Madeira, northeast of Garajau, is the point of entry to Madeira. It receives regular TAP flights from Lisbon, as well as from London. The Sociedad de Automibiles de Madeira bus runs from the airport to Garajau, continuing on to Funchal. Metered taxis are available at the airport and it will take about 10 to 15 minutes to reach Garajau.

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