Another thrilling adventure on Madeira Island is standing on top of a suspended glass platform that hovers on a cliff 580 metres above the ocean; there is nothing separating you from that drop to extremely deep waters, but thick glass under your feet. Here in Madeira, at Cabo Girão, lies the highest cliff skywalk in Europe and the second highest sea cliff in the world after Kalaupapa Cliffs in Hawaii, which is 1,010 metres. Once again, the cozy island proves itself on the world stage with its impressive nature at Cabo Girão cliff, which receives about 1,800 visitors a day.
If you are brave enough to look through the glass platform, you will see that at the bottom there is cultivated land. This land, however, is inaccessible; there are no roads leading down to the bottom. How, then, do farmers reach the land, you may ask. Well, by boat of course! The Fajãs do Cabo Girão is completely sheltered from northern winds by the south-facing cliff, which radiates heat and provides optimal growing conditions. There is now a cable car that travels down to the bottom of the cliff, but it’s amazing to imagine farmers travelling on a boat every day to tend to their crops.
If walking on the glass skywalk isn’t thrilling enough for you, this cliff is also a popular spot for base jumping and paragliding. On May 19, 2006, Portuguese base jumper and stuntman, Mario Pardo, base jumped off the cliff with a motorcycle. That wasn’t enough for him, however, as he also rode on top of the cable car and jumped to the pebble beach at the bottom of the cliff.
The Cabo Girão Skywalk is a one of a kind experience and was rated the fifth most incredible sea cliff in the world by Condé Nast Traveler travel magazine on September 2014.