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Sao Vicente

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Sao Vicente featuring outdoor eating, street scenes and a small town or village

This picturesque town is set within the hills of Madeira’s northern coast and is home to a fascinating underground cave complex and botanical garden.

São Vicente is a small town where you’ll find pleasant churches and an excellent surfing beach. Many visitors make the daytrip from Funchal to see the volcanic caves here, but this charming old town also deserves some attention.

Go for a stroll around São Vicente’s Old Town, where most of the cobbled alleys and streets are pedestrianized. Lined with palm trees, shops and cafés, the focal point of the Old Town is a beautiful 17th-century church. This Baroque church is dedicated to St. Vincent and topped with a distinctive checkered spire. Inside, you’ll find beautiful ceiling paintings, one of which depicts St. Vincent blessing the town.

Don’t miss the town’s Garden of Indigenous Plants, which is home to more than 60 different species of flora indigenous to Madeira. This expansive garden includes a number of different laurel species and other common coastal plants.

Walk to the town’s beach and watch surfers taking on the ocean waves. Although this pebbly beach isn’t particularly ideal for sunbathing, it is a fantastic spot for surfing. Its tall waves attract surfers from across Europe.

At the mouth of a stream running through the town you’ll find Capela de San Roque, a small chapel constructed in 1694. Surrounded by basalt rock, it is said the chapel was built on the exact spot where St. Vincent once appeared before the townspeople.

Be sure to see the popular São Vicente Caves & Volcanism Centre, which features a series of caves formed during the island’s last volcanic eruption. Take a walking tour through the mysterious caves and visit the neighboring Volcanism Centre to learn about the region’s geological formation.

Not far from the caves you’ll find Nossa Senhora de Fatima, a hillside chapel built in 1953. Notice how the chapel’s 45.9-foot (14-meter) high tower contrasts against the rolling mountain peaks that surround it.

São Vicente is located on the northern coast of Madeira. It can be reached by bus or car from Funchal.

Estalagem Do Vale
Estalagem Do Vale
4 out of 5
Sitio Das Feiteiras De Baixo, Sao Vicente
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £57 per night from 4 Sep to 4 Sep
This family-friendly Sao Vicente hotel is located in the mountains, within 2 mi (3 km) of Laurisilva of Madeira and Caves of Sao Vicente and Volcanism Center. ...
4.2/5Very Good! (146 reviews)
"I’m not normally fussy about the welcome I get from hotel reception but the lady looked rather surprised by my arrival and behaved as though she couldn’t find my reservation. I was initially shown the wrong (and cheaper) room despite handing over my reservation paperwork which clearly indicated the ..."

Reviewed on 18 Aug 2018

Estalagem Do Vale
Monte Mar Palace Hotel
Monte Mar Palace Hotel
4 out of 5
Sítio do Montado, Ponta Delgada, Sao Vicente, Madeira
Located by the ocean, this family-friendly hotel is 4.6 mi (7.5 km) from Caves of Sao Vicente and Volcanism Center and 9.3 mi (15 km) from Seixal Beach.
3.9/5Very Good! (29 reviews)
"I love the location which is closed to other tourist attractions like the Cave and the Chapel in Sao Vicente. The lava pool in Porto Moniz and the levada walk. I really love the ocean view of this property especially for other people who love nature, this place is for them. Overall this place is ..."

Reviewed on 1 Dec 2019

Monte Mar Palace Hotel
Calamar Hotel
Calamar Hotel
3 out of 5
Avenida Marcos Marques Rosa, nº 29, Sao Vicente
The price is £64 per night from 1 Sep to 1 Sep
Situated in Sao Vicente, this spa hotel is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Laurisilva of Madeira and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Caves of Sao Vicente and Volcanism Center. Seixal ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (27 reviews)
EXCEPTIONAL HOTEL IN EVERY ASPECT
"I am from this area of Sao Vicente. I knew the hotel before but I can only say fantastic things about this place. Beautifully decorated, with every comfort taken into consideration. Amazing views, swimming pool indoor and outdoors. Very friendly staff. I will definitely be staying again and thoroughly ..."

Reviewed on 3 Jan 2020

Calamar Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Enxurros House
Enxurros House
Sítio dos Enxurros, Sao Vicente, Madeira
Situated near the beach, this apartment building is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Laurisilva of Madeira and within 9 miles (15 km) of Caves of Sao Vicente and Volcanism ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (27 reviews)
A great apartment in northern Madeira
"We loved our stay at Enxurros House! Everything was super clean, modern, and new. Our lovely host was very thorough with all of the information about the place and the area. And the location was right in the middle of Ponta Delgada and also close to many other areas in the northern part of Madeira. ..."

Reviewed on 17 Feb 2020

Enxurros House
Casa da Capelinha
Casa da Capelinha
3 out of 5
Terreiro, Ponta Delgada, Sao Vicente
Situated by the ocean, this aparthotel is 2 mi (3.2 km) from Laurisilva of Madeira and within 9 miles (15 km) of Caves of Sao Vicente and Volcanism Center and ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (35 reviews)
"Nice place on the north coast of Madeira. Pleasant village with a small supermarket. The location is perfect. However a car is needed when you want to gi for a day hike. There is a restaurant at the Casa. Provides good meals. Friendly staff."

Reviewed on 18 Feb 2018

Casa da Capelinha
Porto de Abrigo Guest House
Porto de Abrigo Guest House
3 out of 5
Sitio do Calhau, 58A, Sao Vicente
Situated in Sao Vicente, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Laurisilva of Madeira and Caves of Sao Vicente and Volcanism Center. Seixal Beach ...
4/5Very Good! (2 reviews)
"Die Unterkunft ist schoen gelegen, geraeumig und sauber. Es hat einiges an Ausstattung gefehlt - z.B. Haken im Badezimmer, eine Pfanne, eventuell eine Kaffeemaschine (allerdings konnte man unten sehr guten coffee to go kaufen). Insgesamt zu empfehlen, wenn man ein wenig abseits der Touristenstroeme ..."

Reviewed on 31 Jan 2019

Porto de Abrigo Guest House
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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