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The Skywalk in Madeira

An attraction that’s certainly not for the faint-hearted, the Skywalk on the cliffs of Cabo Girão should not be missed on your next trip to Madeira. Jutting out of the side of some of the highest cliffs in Europe (580 meters above sea level), the glass walkway offers incredible views of the Madeira coastline, Funchal and the town of Camara de Lobos.


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How to reach the Skywalk

The Skywalk is 2 minutes walking from Village Cabo Girão.

When to visit the Skywalk

While the Skywalk is open at all times, be aware that it gets very busy during the peak tourist season, as lots of coach trips arrive to take a look at the stunning views. Consider going during one of the quieter months to enjoy the cliffs in peace.

How much does the Madeira Skywalk cost?

Nothing! It’s a completely free tourist attraction, so getting there is the only cost you’ll have to endure.

Extending your visit to the Cabo Girão cliffs

If you feel a bit peckish during your visit, we recommend stopping for a bite to eat at Restaurant Teleferico. It boasts some of the best views in Madeira, as it too overlooks the coastline. Plus, the food is pretty good – enjoy traditional Madeiran dishes, such as picado (beef fried with garlic served in a dish surrounded by French fries) and espada (black scabbard fish), accompanied by a beer or glass of wine.

Once you’re fed and watered, take the Rancho Cable Car down to Fajas de Cabo Girão. These fertile fields are used to grow vines, and the cable car was originally used by the farmers to transport their produce. However, the fields are the only thing you’ll find at the bottom of this fantastic ride – which again, offers great views – there’s also a secluded beach. On a hot day, you’ll be keen to cool off in the ocean!

We hope you’re brave enough to try the Skywalk – it really is an unforgettable experience! It may seem scary, but in reality, it’s perfectly safe. Just remember to take some great photos; we’d love to see them! Check out our guide for more ideas on fun things to do in Madeira.