For lunch we visited Câmara de Lobos, a pretty fishing village once popular with Winston Churchill located midway along Madeira Island’s south coast. It is one of the island’s most atmospheric fishing villages and was named after monk seals which were frequent visitors to the harbour. The centre of the village, with its whitewashed houses, shops and bars where you can taste the local drink, “poncha” (a mixture of lemon juice, honey and sugarcane spirit) remains instantly likeable. The stony beach is filled with colourful beached fishing boats and Winston Church chose this village to paint in 1949.


Churchill, Winston Spencer; Camara de Lobos, The Fishing, Port of Madeira