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M03 - Miradouro do Pico do Facho

Miradouro do Pico do Facho © Brum da Silveira

Geosite ID: M03

Name: Miradouro do Pico do Facho

Thematic category: Volcanology and Stratigraphy

Geographical location on orthophotomap - M03

Municipality: Machico

Civil parish: Machico

Location area: 0,1 -100 ha

Coordinates(1):32°43'26.2'' N 16°45'31.6'' W

Altitude: 280 m

Accessibility: Easy

Distance to nearest paved road: 1 m

Conditions of observation: good

(1) Coordinates of the geosite and / or the best viewpoint


Brief description

The Miradouro do Pico do Facho geosite presents high geological and geomorphological diversity. From this belveder it is possible to understand the relation between Madeira Island’s relief and the volcanic structure that composes it. In fact, looking towards the airport area, one observes towards a continuous and smooth sloped hillside; It is a structural slope that corresponds to the top surface of a pile of lava flows (volcanic construction surface) of the Upper Volcanic Complex (CVS). To the W and NW there is a panoramic view of the Machico valley, with a U-shaped cross-section and asymmetrical slopes. In the downstream sector, the flat bottom of the valley stands out, resulting from the Ribeira de Machico alluvial filling. In an upstream section, we can see the relief created by the Maroços lava flow from Santo da Serra, which ran into the Machico valley. To the SE you can see the Desertas Islands.


Relevant notes

Visiting a site of geological interest is the sole responsibility of the user.
The user must take precautions when visiting the site, taking into account the conditions of the terrain, weather conditions and other hazards, so that they do not create situations that put themselves or others at risk.
The user must respect private property. Access to private areas requires prior authorization from the owners.
The user must respect natural heritage, keeping it intact. The impact of your actions should be minimal.


How to Cite

BRUM DA SILVEIRA, A.; PRADA, S.; RAMALHO, R.; MADEIRA, J.; FONSECA, P.; CANHA, E.; BRILHA, J. (2012). Inventariação do Património Geológico da Ilha da Madeira. Secretaria Regional do Ambiente e Recursos Naturais - Relatório Final, 414 p. In:

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