Alongside the Annapurna Range, between Mustang Himal and Manaslu Himal, lies the picturesque town of Pokhara. The Pokhara region, an excellent viewpoint summits of Dhawalagiri (8167 m/26794 ft), Machhapuchre (7059 m/23159 ft) and Manaslu (8163 m/26781 ft), becomes the last years a hot destination for paragliding and parahawking.
- ABOUT THE SPOT
Paragliding in Porto da Cruz, Machico, Madeira Portugal
So, if you want to find this combination of feelings, then you should visit Porto da Cruz. It’s located at the northeastern corner of Madeira, the Portuguese island. It’s a small village in the municipality of Machico. If you visit this place, at the start of your exploration you can’t imagine the treasures that are hidden. Follow the steam and you will find a 26m/85ft height tower. It’s an old factory of sugar cane, which started the sugar production in 1927, and it’s still working in the same way. Τhe villagers will serve you ‘vinho seco americano’, a local dry red wine made of ‘americana’, which is a type of grape.
It’s worth to get on Penha d’ Aguia, an imperial rock that seperates Porto da Cruz from Faial, a civil parish in the municipality of Santana, in Madeira. The view from up there is amazing, but if you para-glide, the view is beyond your imagination. So, if you want to fly, you must have the authorization from the owner.
From Porto da Cruz you go up to Portela and then to Lamaceiros. The GPS coordinates for the take off are 32°44’43” (32.7455)N, 16°50’10” (16.8363)W (elevation: 732 m/2400 ft) and for the landing are 32°46’5″ (32.7682)N, 16°49’24” (16.8234)W (elevation : 14 m/45 ft). The paragliding association is at your disposal, everything you need for. In Porto da Cruz you can find accommodations to relax and you can do other activities when you don’t have fun with the sky and the clouds.