São Vicente, Madeira

Village in Porto Moniz (Madeira)

São Vicente, Madeira Portugal
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The municipality of São Vicente, nestled in Madeira, is renowned for its extensive Laurissilva forest, a gem of the archipelago and a testament to its rich natural heritage. This forest is not only significant for its diverse flora and fauna but also for its remarkable state of preservation, making São Vicente an ideal destination for nature enthusiasts. The municipality offers numerous hiking trails that meander through this lush landscape, often with the stunning backdrop of the ocean.

São Vicente’s verdant scenery is sculpted by the forces of volcanism and the erosion of its slopes. A notable attraction here is the famous volcanic caves, which formed around 890 thousand years ago, adding to the myriad reasons to explore this area.

Among the unique landmarks in São Vicente is a small yet intriguing chapel, the São Vicente or Calhau Chapel, embedded within a basalt rock beside the sea. This chapel not only symbolizes the region’s deep-rooted faith but also its intimate connection with volcanic geology.

Home to about 6,000 residents, the municipality is spread across three parishes: Boaventura, Ponta Delgada, and São Vicente itself. Covering an area of 78.70 km², it is a landscape where the abundant Laurissilva forest dominates, offering a blend of natural beauty and cultural richness.

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Visiting São Vicente, Madeira

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