Caracterization of Estreito de Câmara de Lobos

Caracterization of Estreito de Câmara de Lobos

According to some, the name Estreito (narrow) de Câmara de Lobos is owed to the geographic characteristic: a canyon on a narrow valley. However, there are also those who believe that the name comes from a given place or location that, as a whole, had been formerly called Estreito.

In time, the term would end up by including the surrounding areas, until it would later designate the whole parish.

The parish has many points of interest, such as Levada do Norte, which you can access from Estreito, at Sítio do Calvário. This is a starting point for a hike through this water-course, that conveys water from the north of the island to the municipalities of Ribeira Brava and Câmara de Lobos.

In terms of gastronomy, the espetada (meat on a spit) is known as having originated in this parish. Apparently, in the 1950s, the owner of a small bar – which later was turned into a restaurant, "As Vides" – broke a century-old tradition by introducing the espetada as a gastronomic specialty in the bar. Today espetada is one of the most typical dishes in Madeira.

The parish of Estreito stands out from the others in the island for its great commercial development. The most characteristic activity is agriculture, where vine growing assumes an important role.

Every year, in the summer, "Festa das Vindimas” (harvesting festival) takes place, which is considered to be the most important cultural and promotional exhibition of the civil parish of Estreito de Câmara de Lobos.

This festival was first organised in September 1963, by what was then called Delegação de Turismo da Madeira – today’s Direcção Regional de Turismo (Regional Directorate of Tourism).


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