Caracterization of Câmara de Lobos
Câmara de Lobos is a picturesque civil parish located within a city bearing the same name.
The name of this land of fishermen, which has as its main specialty the fishing of the black swordfish, was called this way due to the fact that, around the time the Island was discovered, which took place in 1419, a great quantity of sea lions (lobos-marinhos) were seen in that creek, which today still bears the same configuration.
Nowadays, these animals only come up occasionally to the southern coast of the island. However a colony is still inhabits the Ilhas Desertas (Desert Islands).
The civil parish is limited to the east by Ribeira dos Socorridos, to the north by the civil parish of Estreito and west by Quinta Grande. The sea is to the south.
Câmara de Lobos, located close to the capital of the island, owes its fame to the fishermen, who, with their picturesque and distinctive boats - the Xavelhas – colour the bay that opens onto the sea. This unique portrait was immortalised by the picture that the former English prime-Minister, Winston Churchill, painted when he visited the island on January 8, 1950.
There is a belvedere where the statesman painted the picture, presenting a very curious perspective over the bay, the beaching place and the shipyard. The belvedere was built in the beginning of the sixties and is located at the entrance of the city, from those who arrive from the Estrada Regional (regional road) from Funchal.
In downtown Câmara de Lobos there are renowned bars and restaurants, where you can try typical drinks such as Poncha de Câmara de Lobos and nibble some she-cat, a fish caught in the seas of Madeira and left to dry on the spot.
Between the civil parish of Câmara de Lobos and Quinta Grande, lies Cabo Girão, where there is a belvedere. It is more than 580 metres high and is the highest cape in all of Europe and the second highest in the world. One place, undoubtedly, not to be missed.
Nowadays, the economic activities of the civil parish include fishing, agriculture (banana), retail, services and industry.
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