The Overberg is a region of immense beauty and characterized by amazing and diverse landscapes. It forms part of the Western Cape as it stretches from the Hottentos-Holland Mountains in the north while in the southern, the Atlantic and Indian Ocean break on to sandy beaches and rocky headlands. The spot enjoys a Mediterranean climate with warm dry summers and cool wet winters.
- ABOUT THE SPOT
Paragliding in Canhas, Ponta do Sol, Madeira Portugal
Canhas has a very warm climate, with temperatures 17°C / 62.6°F in the winter and 28°C / 82.4°F in the summer. If you can’t take the heat and you need fresh air, don’t worry because Canhas provides you with the opportunity for paragliding.
Feel the adrenaline while you are looking this beautiful and peaceful landscape from up there. Let the air freshen your red cheeks, leave everything and enjoy for a while the opportunity to feel free like a bird.
In Canhas, the GPS coordinates for the take off are 32°42’10” (32.7029)N, 17°7’33” (17.1261)W (Elevation : 481 m/1578 ft). It’s the best take off in Madeira for teaching the new pilots, a gentle grass slope. For landing the GPS coordinates are 32°42’4″ (32.7013)N, 17°8’12” (17.1369)W (Elevation : 14 m/46 ft).
The landing point is just in front of the Madalena do Mar beach. Don’t land on the promenade. You can go there from Funchal to Ponta do Sol in the beginning, then continue to Madalena do Mar beach and get the road up to Canhas. The region is for private taking-off, but it’s free to use. You should first get in touch with the AVLM (Association of hang-gliding and paragliding of Madeira). You must have a valid pilot license and also a valid insurance policy.
In Canhas, when you are not flying, you can do other activities and find beautiful accommodations for some relaxing moments.