São Vicente Travel Guide

  • São Vicente
    São Vicente
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  • São Vicente
    São Vicente
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    S. Vicente - Madeira
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São Vicente Things to Do

  • Chapel

    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.

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  • North road

    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...

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  • Church

    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.

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  • Beach

    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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  • Ponta Delgada

    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.

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  • Boaventura

    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.

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  • Volcanism Centre

    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...

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  • 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! ;)

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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...

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  • 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!!

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São Vicente Restaurants

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    by solopes Updated Dec 20, 2012

    In my first visit to S. Vicente I had a good fish meal in a restaurant very well located - right on the beach - whose name I couldn´t retain.

    In my second visit I didn't eat there, but tried to identify it, and the only thing that I found was a reference to the hotel 200 meters distant. Will it be part of the complex?

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    • Eco-Tourism
    • Beaches

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São Vicente Off The Beaten Path

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    Sao Vicente

    by salinhopt Written Oct 29, 2003

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    Once upon a time, a very rich man, ordered to built a church in the top of a mountain to marry his love. His love died before the church being concluded. The tower allready built and still remains in that mountain.
    Legend or not, the tower is still there.

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São Vicente Sports & Outdoors

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    by salinhopt Updated Mar 6, 2005

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    Sao Vicente, located on the north side of the island, boasts excellent conditions for surf lovers, due to the sea always being rougher in this area. Opened in September 2004, São Vicente’s bathing complex now includes a series of support facilities for water sports, along with a restaurant and bar, sundeck and a 620 metres long (2,034 ft) promenade that connects Varadouro with Baia dos Juncos.

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    • Surfing

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São Vicente Favorites

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    Sao Vicente - Landscapes

    by salinhopt Updated Mar 6, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Well, Sao Vicente has changed since the last 5 years. Today it holds the biggest garden in the Island. New bars, shops and a new tourist centre. The best way to know the place is driving around. Take the small roads that lead to the north and find yourself in the middle of the forest.

    More information at: http://www.svicente.com

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