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Garajau is a small fishing port on Madeira's southern coast. Its settlers named the town Garajau for the tern, who still nest on the nearby coast. Garajau is 'Stern' in Portuguese.

Ponta de Garajau is a 200 m (600 feet) high cliff that was reputedly used to throw the bodies of dead Protestants into the sea in the time when Portuguese law forbade the burial of non-Catholics in Madeiran soil. That custom only ended when English settlers established the English Cemetery in Funchal.

In the 1920's, locals erected a huge statue of Jesus on the cliff. The view from the cliff is absolutely stunning. The beaches in Garajau are rocky and sometimes adorned with prickly pear cactus.

There are several hotels and restaurants in Garajau. The town is 5 km east from Funchal.


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