Known as the 'pearl of the Atlantic', Madeira reveals a historical symbiotic relationship with the sea that surrounds it. The ocean is, therefore, the undisputed protagonist of some of the archipelago's iconic sceneries. . This is the case of the Vigia viewpoint, once used to closely observe the large species that inhabit these waters.
Located in the parish of São Jorge, municipality of Santana, this viewpoint offers an unparalleled panoramic view over the west shore of the north coast of the island of Madeira. Visitors have the opportunity to extend their sightline from Arco de São Jorge, a small seaside town known for the fertility of its soils as a result of its microclimate, to Porto Moniz, famous for its natural volcanic pools.
In between, you can also see Ponta Delgada, with its small 'natural amphitheatre' facing the sea, or Seixal, a town surrounded by green mountains. On days with good visibility, the Vigia viewpoint offers a view to the island of Porto Santo. Enjoying a unique geographical position, this place was, for a long time, a privileged whale-sighting spot.
In the parish of São Jorge, the Vigia viewpoint offers a unique panoramic view of the west shore of the north coast of the island. It was once used for whale-sighting.