Ponta de São Lourenço

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Ponta de São Lourenço
Ponta de São Lourenço north north east.jpg
Ponta de São Lourenço from the vicinity of Machico
Map showing the location of Ponta de São Lourenço
Map showing the location of Ponta de São Lourenço
LocationEastern Madeira Island
Coordinates32°44′45″N 16°42′40″W / 32.74583°N 16.71111°W / 32.74583; -16.71111Coordinates: 32°44′45″N 16°42′40″W / 32.74583°N 16.71111°W / 32.74583; -16.71111
Part ofMachico Municipality
Offshore water bodiesAtlantic Ocean

Ponta de São Lourenço (Portuguese for the "Point of Saint Lawrence") is the easternmost point of the island of Madeira, it is inside the town of Caniçal and forms a part of the municipality of Machico. Its terrain are made up of rocks and herbaceous vegetation. Since 1982, the headland is a nature reserve, where it has the conservation of its endemic plants including Matthiola maderensis, Echium nervosum and Andryala glandulosa and fauna, being birds, insects and molluscs. One of them is Monachus monachus, a seal.[1] Marine fauna are in the waters surrounding the headland.

Ponta de São Lourenço from Baixas do Guincho, the vicinity of the island's new port

Northeast of the islet is Porto Santo and southeast is Bugio and the Deserted Islands. Nearby are a few islets with the easternmost being Ilhéu do Farol (Farol Islet), where its nearby lighthouse is located.

The headland's highest point is Pico do Furado. The headland has a pathway which takes about an hour to reach from the headland entrance.

West of the headland is the New Port of Madeira.

Its geology consists of pyroclastic rocks as well as basalt dykes (dikes) and some coasts being eroded. The group dates back to the Late Pleistocene, about 100,000 years ago.[2]


  1. ^ http://natura2000.eea.europa.eu/Natura2000/SDF.aspx?site=PTMAD0003
  2. ^ "A Geological tour of the Archipelago of Madeira", Maria Luisa Ribeiro Miguel, Magalhães Ramalho, Direcção Regional do Comércio, Indústria e Energia Laboratório Nacional de Energia e Geologia, p 37 and 75

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