Câmara de Lobos. The name of this parish comes from the fact that at the time of the discovery of the island loads of sea lions were sighted at that cove that still retains the same configuration.
It was the first place where João Gonçalves Zarco, the navigator who discovered the island, lived between 1420 and 1424. This was the first settlement established in Madeira by João Gonçalves Zarco himself, which became parish in 1430.
This land of fishermen, whose main expertise is the fishing for black scabbardfish, owes its fame to the fishermen who paint the bay with their picturesque and very distinctive boats - the Xavelhas. The former British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, painted this exceptional portrait when he visited the island on 8th January 1950.