Cabo Girao Skywalk in Madeira is the highest cape in Europe, and not to be missed on your trip to the island. Here’s a complete guide.
Cabo Giro Skywalk is located roughly a 25 minute drive along the South Coast of Madeira from Funchal.
There are a few ways to reach Cabo Giro, the easiest being by renting a car, taking a tour, or hailing a taxi.
If you have a rental car, then at the entrance to the top of the cliffs there is a large, free car park available.
For tours we recommend the Madeira: Best of the West Tour from Funchal, which is also one of the highest rated tours in Madeira.
On this popular tour you discover the best of the west of Madeira on an 8-hour tour from Funchal, which includes a stop off at Cabo Giro Skywalk.
For those without a rental car, the Cabo Girao Skywalk can also be reached by taking a bus from Funchal or Camara de Lobos.
The best route to take is the number 7 from Funchal to Ribeira Brava. This stops in Camara de Lobos and Cabo Giro as well as a few other places afterwards.
Full information on bus times can be found via the Rodoeste website.
For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.
Cabo Giro Skywalk Entrance Fee
It is free to visit Cabo Giro Skywalk.
Cabo Giro Skywalk Opening Times
Monday – Sunday: 8am – 7pm
Monday – Sunday: 8am – 9pm
Best Time To Visit Cabo Girao Skywalk
As with any popular tourist attraction it can get quite busy, therefore early (before the tours arrive) or late in the day are usually the less crowded times.
Madeira is a year round destination with its sub-tropical climate. However, this viewpoint will definitely be busier during the summer months when more tourists visit the island.
It can get very hot in the afternoon in the summer months and there’s not too much shade in this area so be prepared.
We chose to visit in the evening, just before sunset, and at one point we had the viewpoint all to ourselves!
What To Pack
If you’re feeling brave on your trip to Madeira, a visit to the Cabo Girao Skywalk is a must! It’s one of the best viewpoints in Madeira.
From the glass bottom skywalk, you can witness amazing views of the town of Camara de Lobos, as well as a large chunk of the beautiful South Coast of Madeira.
The Cabo Girao Skywalk is one of the most popular tourist attractions on the island. Not to mention, it’s absolutely free.
As you can imagine, Cabo Girao Skywalk does get pretty busy in the the peak season because coaches that run guided tours along the western route generally stop here first.
There is a cafe and a set of toilets on site so you can stop for a sit down after experiencing the 500m drop through a glass bottom floor.
There is also a souvenir shop next door to the cafe.
If you have more time to explore, after visiting Cabo Girao Skywalk, you can also ride a cable car down the face of some of the highest cliffs in Europe.
They take you to the terrace fields at the base of the cliffs.
We were blown away with the Cabo Girao Skywalk, which is why it’s an absolute must on your Best Things To Do In Madeira list.
Where To Stay In Madeira
Recently awarded as Europe’s Leading Design Hotel, the luxurious Vine Hotel is located in Funchal.
It offers a fusion restaurant with stunning views, a Wine Therapy Spa, access to the fitness centre and a rooftop infinity pool.
Each room features an LCD TV with in-room movies, free WiFi and a laptop-size safe.
The roof terrace sports a heated infinity pool, massage facilities as well as a 20 yard hot tub, with views of Fort São João and the mountains.
The newly renovated 4-star Hotel Baía Azul is ideally situated a 4-minute walk from Funchal’s beachfront.
It offers 3 swimming pools, 3 restaurants, a Spa and a sun deck overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the gardens.
The hotel has a total of 215 bedrooms with sea-inspired decor. All rooms come with an en suite bathroom, bath amenities and a hairdryer.
Not only that, but a flat-screen cable TV, a minibar, a kettle and a safe deposit box too.
Free WiFi access is provided in all rooms and common areas.
Funchal Apartments – City View is venue is set in Se district, around a 10 minute walk from Funchal center, and features a terrace with the cathedral view.
The property includes free WiFi, plus express check-in and check-out.
There is also a shared kitchen, ATM and currency exchange for guests.
All rooms include a wardrobe, a desk and a shared bathroom.
For more places to stay in Madeira, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.