Véu da Noiva Waterfall viewpoint is an incredible scenic lookout on the north coast of Madeira Island, with views of a waterfall that pours into the ocean! It’s super easy to get to with a parking lot right at the viewpoint, which makes it a great location to add to your itinerary on the northern coast of Madeira.
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HOW TO GET TO VÉU DA NOIVA WATERFALL VIEWPOINT
Véu da Noiva Waterfall viewpoint is on the stunning northern coast of Madeira Island in Portugal. It’s just a 41km drive taking 40 minutes from Funchal, which is the main town of the island. I suggest visiting the nearby regions of Porto Moniz, Seixal Beach, and Seixal Natural Pools while you are in the area. We combined all of those locations for a day trip. The map below shows you the location of Véu da Noiva Waterfall viewpoint so you can plan your journey to this epic location. It is also known as Miradouro Véu da Noiva, which is a Portuguese translation directly translates into English to the Bridal Veil Waterfall.
BEST TIME TO VISIT VÉU DA NOIVA WATERFALL VIEWPOINT
I actually didn’t arrive at this viewpoint at the perfect time. I was down at Seixal Beach for sunrise (it was amazing) and then went up to Véu da Noiva Waterfall viewpoint after the golden hour had finished. This meant the light was pretty harsh as you can see in the photos from the viewpoint. However, if you prioritize this viewpoint over Seixal Beach, being here for sunrise would be a great choice.
I don’t think the sunset would be quite as good but I haven’t yet tried a sunset at this lookout. I think the sun would be blocked because the town of Porto Moniz, protrudes out far enough to block the view directly to the west so you wouldn’t see the sunset over the ocean and this may impact the light to the viewpoint. The sun does rise within view of the lookout and shoots rays into the mountains as you can see from the drone photo in this blog post.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT VÉU DA NOIVA WATERFALL VIEWPOINT
The viewpoint has a parking lot and a coffee/souvenir shop right next to it. It’s very tourist but great for a quick stop to enjoy the view. I highly recommend pairing it with other attractions on the north coast of Madeira Island such as Seixal Beach, Seixal Natural Pools, or Porto Moniz Natural Pools.
At the viewpoint, you can stand on the platform and view down towards the east where you can spot the waterfall. It’s quite far away but it’s impressive because it flows down into the ocean rather than being in the middle of the jungle, like most waterfalls.
In 2008 there was a huge landslide that caused some serious damage near the waterfall. There used to be a cliff-side road that wound all the way around the coastal mountain You could walk all the way up to the waterfall, getting up close and personal with the majestic falls. However, since the landslide happened in 2008, the road has been closed and you can only view the waterfall from the platform and a small garden next to the platform.
The road is closed off for safety as it was literally pulverized and destroyed in the area just before the waterfall. Today, you can see a huge pile of rubble at the foot of the waterfall. This photo was taken from the viewpoint during the middle of the day when the sun was quite harsh.
The shot below is a photo of the Véu da Noiva Waterfall from the pier at Seixal Beach at sunrise with a 400mm lens.
I hope you enjoyed this guide about the Véu da Noiva Waterfall viewpoint on the northern coast of Madeira Island.
FOUR INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT VEU DA NOIVA WATERFALL
- Legends surround the Veu da Noiva cascade. As per regional folklore, the cascade was brought to life by a sorrowful bride who was deserted by her husband-to-be on their nuptial day. Her copious tears streamed down, culminating into the waterfall that still dons her name today.
- The Veu da Noiva cascade is located in the Seixal valley, which is renowned for its verdant flora and jagged coastline. Adventurers to the vicinity can bask in trekking routes, awe-inspiring vistas of the ocean, and delectable seafood from neighboring eateries.
- The cascade of the Veu da Noiva Waterfall towers over 35 meters in height and cascades into a natural basin below.
- The waterfall is surrounded by rich biodiversity, encompassing indigenous plant species like the Madeira mahogany and the laurel tree. Bird enthusiasts may have a glimpse of some of the island’s avian species, such as the Madeira firecrest.
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