In addition to the beautiful landscapes, the peninsula is an important area, belonging to the Natura 2000 network. It is also the ex-libris of the ecosites circuit having high geological and environmental value.
Considered the "Geo-Park" of the Island, the municipality of Machico has more than dozen geological sites to be explored.
Vereda da Ponta de São Lourenço is an 8km round trip (4 km each way) and considered a medium difficulty walk.
The views of the peninsula throughout the hike are unique. The IFCN reception centre located at the end of the walk is open to visitors and allows visitors to discover some of the unique species of the peninsula.
Enjoy a refreshing dip in the crystal-clear waters of Cais do Sardinha or climb the highest point of the peninsula and admire the 360-degree views of the coastline.
At the end of the trail, there is an area next to the ICFN reception centre where visitors can rest and have a snack before returning to the starting point.
Ponta de São Lourenço is an arid area without any shade for most of the trail. Proper sun protection is a must. The peninsula can be windy, contributing to erosion. Make sure you take proper footwear to protect yourself from falls. The reception centre located at the end of the walk does not have a potable water supply or public toilet, keep this in mind when starting your walk.