How to get to Cabo Girão Skywalk Madeira
The Cabo Girão Skywalk is located in the small town of Câmara de Lobos and is a 20 minute drive from the city centre of Funchal. There are a few ways to get to the entrance of the skywalk, with renting a car being the easiest way. There is a huge parking lot where tour buses and cars can park for free. If you don’t have a rental car, you can reach Cabo Girão by bus from Funchal and Câmara de Lobos. The easiest route is bus 7 from Funchal to Ribeira Brava. This bus stops in Camara de Lobos and Cabo Giro right in front of the entrance. For a different experience you can even go by train which runs from Câmara de Lobos to Cabo Girao! This Green train costs €7.50 per adult for a round trip.
Opening times and entrance fee Cabo Girão Skywalk
The opening times of the skywalk are during the winter months daily from 8 AM – 7 PM and in the summer months from 8 AM – 9 PM. The entrance is for free, but there has been reported to be an admission fee of €0.50 during the summer peak season.
The Cabo Girao Skywalk is very wheelchair friendly which are many other viewpoints in Madeira as well!
Best time to go to Cabo Girão Skywalk
With a 180 degree view you can see sunset most of the times from the skywalk. And if you’re really persistent also sunrise when it’s after 8 AM. But there are better places in Madeira to watch the sunrise, so I wouldn’t advice that. The best circumstances on the skywalk are with a blue clear sky or during sunset. The average amount of visitors during peak season is 1800, so then you can expect the skywalk to be busy during the whole day. A lot of coach tours stop here for a 15 minute visit. During some of the quieter months you can enjoy the cliffs in more peaceful environment with only a few other people visiting the glass platform. When you’re patient you can maybe have the place for a few minutes for yourself!
What to expect at Cabo Girão Skywalk Madeira
Visiting the Cabo Girão Skywalk is certainly not an attraction for the faint hearted! The suspended glass platform juts out of the side of some of the highest cliffs in Europe which is a bit more than 580 meters above sea level. You can see the waves crashing underneath you and Fajã de Cabo Girao which is the piece of land that sticks out. More about that in the next paragraph.
From the platform you’ll have incredible views on the Southern coastline of Madeira and Funchal. You can see the mountains behind Funchal which gives a beautiful perspective on the geographic form of the island which originated 5 millions years ago. The scenery gets even more beautiful when the lights in and around Funchal turn on after sunset. All the way up the mountain you can see little lights which is a magical view.
Sunset at the Cabo Girão Skywalk
We went a couple of times to the skywalk during our 6 month living on Madeira Island. During sunset it is extra magical because you have that panoramic 180 degree view on the ocean, and the colours can get crazy if you’re lucky! During the peak season you can expect it to be busy, but during shoulder and low season you might be lucky to have a spot for yourself!
Take the Rancho Cable Car down to Fajas de Cabo Girão
Through the glass platform you can see Fajã de Cabo Girao which is a small area of cultivated land called where farmers cultivate their crops. A Fajã is actually a landslide or dried up lava stream which makes the soil very fertile. In 2003 a cable car was installed for easier access by farmers, so you can now also visit the Fajã de Cabo Girao by cable car!
With the Rancho Cable Car which connects the viewpoint “Rancho” to Fãja de Cabo Girão you can explore this land and its deserted pebbled beach. Attached to the cable car near the viewpoint is a restaurant where you can enjoy a typical dish from Madeira with wonderful ocean views.
Other facilities at Cabo Girão
On site there is a cafe which serves great coffee, juices and fresh bread! Enjoy the view bit longer and grab a seat on the terrace. Next to the cafe is a souvenir shop and toilets which costs €0,50.