Ponta de Sao Lourenco

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Ponta de São Lourenço, the eastern part of Madeira is a Nature Reserve with wonderful panoramic views of the Atlantic. This peninsula is made of some spectacular volcanic rock formations and it differs widely from the rest of the island. Many unusual species of plants are found here, Ice Plant, Everlasting, Cardoon and many more. Down the cliff is a secluded beach called Prainha, the island’s only natural black sandy beach. There is a levada walk to this eastern-most peninsula of Madeira island, named, if we are to belive the legend,  after the caravel sailed by João Gonçalves de Zarco, who discovered Madeira island, shouted to his ship “São Lourenço, that’s enough”.