In the middle of the river, in the beach, there's a small chapel built in 1694 upon an odd rock formation, in a place where tradition says that the saint has appeared.
I was afraid that recent flooding could have damaged it, but, no, it is perfect.
- Arts and Culture
The northern side of the island is wild, with steep mountains providing strong background to the scenery road. S. Vicente is the easiest access either eastbound or westbound, usually functioning as the starting point to two alternative circuits.
I did it westbound... twice, which means that I will probably return to S. Vicente to complete the program.
Ponta delgada is a very small village in Sao Vicente area. You can still find great manor houses and farms from English families that once lived there. This area was known by its wealth and influence in the north of the Island. Today Ponta Delgada is like a small resort. Small hotel units, and a brand new swimming complex next to the sea.
The village of Boaventura, situated in the high mountains of Sao Vicente, is characterized by surprising valleys, torn for some water courses, surrounded by varied flora species of the Laurissilva Forest. This village also has many viewpoints that allows you to observe the magnificent landscapes of the north.
The Volcanism Centre is located in São Vicente, sitting at the end of the valley where the formation of the island started.
This centre manages to convey culture and education in a very entertaining way by providing the visitors with audiovisual demonstrations of volcanic eruptions and the birth of an island. Here, you can also visit São Vicente’s famous volcanic caves (already existing and now included in the Volcanism Centre) and stroll through the beautiful gardens featuring Madeira’s endemic flora.
Don't miss a thing
Sao Vicente is a small village. But every space is unique. Take your time to relax at a local cafe or just enjoy the breeze of the sea! You wont find many tourist here, only locals come to this village. The tourists only visit the caves next to the village but don't explore it! Do it yourself! ;)
Follow your steps
Sao Vicente is a village full of enchantments. Its old estudios of photograph, its gardens, the steps of the streets in basalt that take you to know the most genuine village in Madeira. But Sao Vicente is not only old things, today new cafes and shops come across the small river bay that flows in the village.
Chapel in the rock
This chapel built like a niche in a basalt block in 1694 by Inácio de Sousa, helped by the charity of the devoted, is situated at a river mouth.
According to records, this chapel was erected on the same spot where the saint is said to have appeared. It's the icon of the Sao Vicente village.
Sao Vicente Caves
The Sao Vicente Caves are located on the left side of Sao Vicente's riverside, on a place called Pe de Passo.
Of volcanic origin, they are composed by a series of lava tubes, resulting of an eruption that happened 400 thousand years ago. This complex of "volcanic tunnels" presents a development of over 1000 m, and so far it's the biggest in Madeira Island.
The pedestrian course has an extension of 70m, that takes around 30 minutes to view.
Igreja de São Vicente
A really beautiful church, exuberantly decorated with gold-colored wood carvings. The altars are ingeniously painted. You will have the best view when standing on the gallery.
One of the few churches that is open whole day.
Some more pictures in the travelogue!!
- Hiking and Walking
The church of São Vicente, obviously dedicated to the same saint, was built in the 17th century, and has a painted ceiling with the saint blessing the city.
- Historical Travel
Though the weather was excelent, the beach was not exactly an invitation - a rocky beach with a rough sea is not the best combination.
Nice to see, but from distance...
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