Sao Vicente

A small town located on the northwest coast of Madeira Island. With its population of 5.723 and area of 78.82 km2, this town really offers wonderful nature, steep canyons and amazing beach. With the highest point at 379 m of altitude and lowest at 0m on the sea coast, it gives you many abilities to enjoy few things at one place, by creating a multi-holiday that will be remembered for the rest of your life.

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Location

Sao Vicente

History

The first settlers appeared in this area during the 15th century, but the terrain made this settlement very difficult, due to amazingly deep river valleys and steep canyons. Early settlement had very unfriendly conditions. The first settlers were found in the area of Sao Vicente and Ponta Delgada. The progressive growth of the population leads to dis-annexation of Sao Vicente from the Captaincy of Machico, and elevation to a municipal seat by royal charter in 1774.

In 1898, with the re-establishment of the former municipalities, Sao Vicente began to function within the current territorial area.

Hotels in Sao Vicente

Estalagem do Mar ***

This wonderful object is distanced only 1-minute walk from the beach. The hotel is located only one kilometer of a walk from Sao Vicente.

It offers private terrace and balcony and amazing decoration in red and green tones. They include satellite TV and a private bathroom with bathtub and shower.

If you want to relax on the sun loungers in the garden or visit the heated indoor pool area with its sauna and hot tub, this might be a perfect choice. Other available activities are tennis, gym or you can rent a mountain bike and enjoy the wonderful nature of Sao Vicente.

International and local dishes are served at Estalagem do Mar’s restaurant. This restaurant offers a wonderful view on oceans and mountains from its large windows. This hotel offers outstanding panoramic views with specially decorated fireplaces, which keep the guests warm during the winter period.

The historic Sao Vicente Chapel with its views over the São Vicente Valley is 200 meters from the hotel.

 

Estalagem do Mar

Estalagem do Vale ****

This object enables amazing view on the valleys of Sao Vicente. Restored in the 18th century, enables tourists to enjoy a heated-water swimming pool and a wonderful garden. A traditional restaurant is also a part of the offer.

The air-conditioned rooms and suites all include a satellite TV and work desk. Some rooms have wonderful balconies, and other rooms are decorated in a traditional way with dark furniture.

A breakfast buffet is served daily indoors or on the terrace, which enables double pleasure. Restaurant Caramujo and Adega Croque bar are nearby, the bar offers amazing cakes and wonderful snack bar.

The sauna, solarium and Turkish bath are an only 25-minute drives away. Guests can enjoy the nature or enjoy the silence of the surround.

The hotel is situated within the World Heritage Site of the ancient Laurissilva Forests, 2 km from São Vicente. Rentals, tours around the island and hiking improve this already great offer.

Estalagem do Vale

Solar da Bica

Solar da Bica is a very peaceful location. The guest house faces the mountains and has green natural surroundings.

Each room has a private bathroom, satellite TV, and mountain views. The tourists also have an ability to choose the apartment.

A homemade breakfast, featuring a variety of jams and local delicacies, is served each morning at the property. Rooms are equipped with the kitchen, so tourists have an availability to make its own meals.

An offer includes heated swimming pool, sauna, an amazing fireplace (classic style) and outstanding lounge. Available activities are canyoning, climbing, cycling and birdwatching.

 

Solar da Bica

Hiking trails

Lameiros, São Vicente – Terceira Lombada, Ponta Delgada

The length is about 7 km. Duration of the walk 5 hours with slow foot.

Very steep climb and descent. The descent might be damp and full of leaves, with much lack of footrest. It is categorized as experts only, so check your stamina before you dare to try it.

It also has very big technical difficulty, better don’t try it without proper equipment. It seems that there is another descent relatively close and according to the sites would be clean.

If you want to fight against this cruel natural surround, better take a samurai sword with yourself.

Remember: before doing hiking always evaluate your physical abilities, strength, and don`t forget to apply basic safety precautions.

Lameiros, São Vicente - Terceira Lombada, Ponta Delgada

Levada da Fajã do Rodrigues

The length is about 4 km. Duration of the walk 3 hours with slow foot.

You might face the lack of GPS signal in some sections. However, the way forward is not lost. No difficult ascents, easy difficulty, created for true lovers of forest and river.

The last part of the route before reaching Ribeira do Inferno is an impressive tunnel approximately one kilometer in length.

Remember: before doing hiking always evaluate your physical abilities, strength, and don`t forget to apply basic safety precautions.

Levada da Fajã do Rodrigues

Levada Dos Cardais

The length is about 4 km. Duration of the walk 2 hours with slow foot.

Levada starts on Terra do Galo/Barros, and goes along the São Vicente valley between Lameiros and Cardais.

Along the walk, you can enjoy the stunning natural landscapes, and admire the beauty of the fabulous São Vicente valley.

Remember: before doing hiking always evaluate your physical abilities, strength, and don`t forget to apply basic safety precautions.

Levada Dos Cardais

Clean-running Lameiros-Encumeada-Lameiros

The length is about 15 km. Duration of the run 5 hours.

Itinerary adapted to people who fear heights. It presents an amazing combination of wonderful forest and view of the town. An excellent way to restore your energy. The difficulty is easy.

Remember: before doing hiking always evaluate your physical abilities, strength, and don`t forget to apply basic safety precautions.

Clean-running Lameiros-Encumeada-Lameiros

Achada dos Judeus

The length is about 7 km. Duration of the walk 4 hours with slow foot.

When the weather is nice, this trail is an amazing way to fulfill panoramic view on the eastern slope of the back Sao Vicente Valley. While you enjoy the view, don`t forget to pay attention to the feet.

Remember: before doing hiking always evaluate your physical abilities, strength, and don`t forget to apply basic safety precautions.

Achada dos Judeus

Restaurants and bars in Sao Vicente

Restaurante Caravela

It offers seafood, Mediterranean, European and Portuguese food. You can find the best Portuguese taste in this restaurant.

Address: Road ER101, Calhau – São Vicente 9240-018, Sao Vicente, Madeira 9240-018, Portugal

Restaurante Caravela

Taberna de Sao Vicente

Also amazing restaurant with stunning quality. Offers European, Portuguese and Mediterranean food.

Address: Estrada Regional 104, Sitio do Calhau, Sao Vicente, Madeira 9240-018, Portugal

Taberna de Sao Vicente

Restaurante Quebramar

Offers Mediterranean, European and Portuguese food, seafood and soups.

Address: Seafront, Sao Vicente, Madeira 9240-221, Portugal

Restaurante Quebramar

Frente Al Mar

Address: Estrada Regional 101, Sao Vicente, Madeira, Portugal

Frente Al Mar

Panoramik Ocean

Address: Sitio Do Calhau, Sao Vicednte. Madeira, Sao Vicente, Portugal

Panoramik Ocean

Padaria do Calhau

Address: Sitio Do Calhau, ER 101, Sao Vicente, Madeira 9240-018 Portugal

Padaria do Calhau

Centro Do Ouro

Address: Faja do Rente, Sao Vicente, Madeira 9240-024 Portugal

Centro Do Ouro

O Virgilio

Address: Câmara Municipal de São Vicente, Paços do Município, Vila de São Vicente, 9240-225 São Vicente, Portugal

O Virgilio

Bar Novo

Address: Rua Dr Mario Cidrais, 16, Sao Vicente, Madeira, Portugal

Bar Novo

Galeria Café

Address: Ilha da Madeira Ponta Delgada, Sao Vicente, Madeira 9240-120, Portugal

Galeria Café

Restaurante Many

Address: Pico Faja da Areia, Sao Vicente, Madeira 9240-221, Portugal

Restaurante Many

Seven’s Bar

Vary from other places, alongside Portuguese and European food, fast food is also available at this restaurant.

Address: Casa da Capelinha, Terreiro, 9240-121 Ponta Delgada, Portugal

Seven’s Bar

Ferro Velho

Address: Rua da Fonte Velha, Sao Vicente, Madeira, Portugal

Ferro Velho

Points of interests

In the middle of the beach, there is an old chapel built in 1694 from the formation of stone. This is something every tourist has to see. A tradition says the saint appeared here.

Ponta Delgada is also an amazing tourist location, a small village near Sao Vicente. Today, this place is known for lovely farms and great manor houses of the English families that lived there. This area was known for its wealth and strong influence in the north of the island. This location should simply be visited.

Maybe the most attractive tourist location in Sao Vicente is Sao Vicente Caves. Located on a place called Pe de Passo, they are composed of a set of lava tubes, created in an eruption around 400 years ago. This location gives the tourist a spectacular view of the power of nature. This complex of volcanic tunnels is the biggest in the island of Madeira, with its length of over 1000 meters.

Garden of Native Plants of Madeira is also a fantastic location if you want to see the streets covered with flowers and if you are a plant lover. An ability to see the wonderful park, streets covered in flowers and an opportunity to enjoy the chirping of birds and wonderful combination of bright colors.

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