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“Private beach”
Review of Faja dos Padres

Faja dos Padres
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Ranked #15 of 284 things to do in Madeira
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Reviewed May 22, 2013 via mobile

We did not know much what to expect, walked the few steps from parking place to the elevator, and then got stunned. The elevator falls down to the beach by the steep wall. Down you can not do much, although there are a few sunbeds. We walked by the stoney beach and listened to the waves. And had an amazing sandes de atum in the restaurant. But the best on all of this was the feeling of privacy, apart from a few locals we were almost alone here and spent much more time then expected just doing nothing.

4  Thank areliPrague
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Reviewed February 3, 2013

Few hours before we leave beautiful Madeira, we visited this magnificent place... it is a real experience to be at the top of this cliff and watch this amazing view..! Be aware that you need to go down 180 steps before you reach the lift and more than 180 after the lift to reach the beach, so be ready for that and have some water with you! Due to limited time we had a quick lunch and enjoyed the relaxing atmoshpere. Wish we could enjoy a swim.. The lift experience was incredible! A must visit during your time in Madeira..! I guess staying there will be a unique experience if you really want to get out of everything and everyone! Or having a dinner which i guess you need to pre-book. Do get a pebble from the beach and have a permanent pen with you ..see the attached photos why!

4  Thank ClaireGR
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Reviewed November 28, 2012

The lift from the car park (currently €7.50 return) takes you down to the fascinating environment on the faja. Pebbly beach and swimming possible. Walk around the area and see a wide variety of fruit trees. Possible to also stay in guest houses. Access also by boat at certain times of year. Good restiuarant by beach with quick, polite service and meals at reasonable prices. Go and give it a go.

2  Thank Colin L
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Reviewed November 13, 2012

This is a fabulous location and if you don't have vertigo issues the descent in the lift is unforgettable. The restaurant/cafe down by the beach is very friendly and has good food at reasonable prices. Two days ago, Nov 11th, I swam here and sea was warm and refreshing. I can't wait to go back.

2  Thank Djf1233
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Reviewed November 8, 2012

I admire Madeira habitants for building all these cable cars for letting us tourists enjoy beautiful views and in this case a lift. It goes down a steep cliff to the beach with a small settlement where once lived Jesuits. Now there is a restaurant, vineyard, orchard and several guesthouses where you can stay. Going down the elevator or take the seaway by boat are the only ways to get here.

It is a wonderful environment to walk along the ocean, watching the lush garden, perhaps take a bath if the sea is calm. When we visited the beach, it was not easy. High dramatic waves beat against the rocky shore. But this is a good place if you want to eat the classic espada with banana. We did. And we were a bit dubious indeed before we got here and wondered - would we dare go down down the elevator. We dared and it was definitely worth it.

1  Thank Petra E
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