São Vicente, Madeira

Discover the village of São Vicente and explore its fascinating caves.

São Vicente, Madeira
São Vicente
© F.C. Turismo da Madeira

São Vicente is a village located in the mouth of Ribeira Grande, almost hidden in the hole of a cliff, in the island of Madeira, Portugal.

Its houses are set up surrounding the church and its environment is very initing with good cafés, hotels and numerous shops.

Capela de  São Vicente Chapel, Madeira
Capela de São Vicente Chapel
© F.C. Turismo da Madeira

The Capela de São Vicente Chapel lies on top of a rock in the mouth of the river.

800 metres south-east from the city lie Grutas de São Vicente Caves, with the Volcanism Centre. This caves offer an unexpected journey “to the centre of the Earth”, along a tour of 700 metres through lava, basalt and iron galleries, made up by the the volcano of Paúl da Serra more than 400,000 years ago.

If you are travelling the road which links São Vicente with Seixal it is worth making a stop at the Miradouro do Véu da Noiva Overlook, because it offers a beautiful view of the big waterfall which flows into the sea from a terrifying cliff.

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