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Câmara de Lobos

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Câmara de Lobos is a town located on the south coast of the island of Madeira. Its name comes from the fact that, at the time of the discovery of the island, a large number of sea wolfs (sea lion species) were seen in that cove that still maintains the same configuration. Nowadays, these animals only very occasionally appear only on the south coast of the island, with just a small colony located in the Desertas Islands. Here you can find a lot of typical Madeira gastronomy, like Black Swordfish, Banana and Poncha. Câmara de Lobos was the first place where João Gonçalves Zarco, the navigator who discovered the island, settled and lived in Madeira. This is town of fishermen, known for their very characteristic painted boats called Xavelhas. The former British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, spent some time on Câmara de Lobos and even painted there on 1950.

Updated on 27 May 2024

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