Located in the North of the island of Madeira, the municipality of São Vicente occupies an area of about 80 square miles and consists of the parishes of Boa Ventura, Ponta Delgada and São Vicente. Discovered in the 15th century, these lands were colonised a little later than the zone South of the island, did not present such a land fertile. With the start of production of sugar, then yes the colonization advanced from South to North, having established the parish of São Vicente to the middle of this century, which was elevated to a town in August 1744. According to legend, the toponym of São Vicente is due to the appearance of this Saint in the grave of a rock at the mouth of ribeira which came to inherit the same name, where he built a small chapel which attracts large number of devotees. The festa do Senhor Bom Jesus in August, which appeared on the island in 1466 thanks to Manuel Afonso Sanha, a settler originally from Barnes, and the feast of our Lady of the Rosary in October, are also occasions of great religious fervor in St. Vincent. The people of this municipality are dedicated mainly to activities related to small business and hospitality, passing by the furniture industry, bakery and sand extraction, among others. In agriculture, still predominates the cultivation of grain, potatoes, fruit and viticulture, often in small kitchen gardens. It should be noted that approximately 68% of the County is occupied by the Laurissilva forest, declared World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1999. When it comes to handicrafts, the expression of the Vincentians are reflected in Wicker pieces, embroidery, decorative works in bread crumbs, wooden artefacts, handmade shoes, cooperage, patchwork tapestry, wooden, Nativity figures with core of figueira and corn, tinsmith and fine arts.
What to do in São Vicente
A forest that dates back to the Tertiary and that used to spread along vast regions of the European continent. Currently it is only found in some North Atlantic archipelagos, namely in Madeira with the largest woods of this kind still to be found in the world. It is both important due to its diversity of flora and fauna species …
Monte Mar Palace Hotel
A four stars hotel, located on the Ponta Delgada cliffs, by the sea. A favourite destination of all the nature lovers.
Casa da Piedade
A house built in the 18th century and restored in 1994 that combines antiquity with the present day comfort. The house is located about 25 walking minutes away from the seashore, near the village and the caves, a good starting …
Complexo Balnear de Ponta Delgada
A complex composed of an adults's swimming pool and a children's swimming pool, both with treated salty water. It has a large solarium and several supporting infrastructures, including balnearies, a bar and a first aid station.
Grutas e Centro do Vulcanismo de São Vicente
This space means to join culture and knowledge to leisure and animation. In that sense, there is a pavilion that allows the vistors to watch audio-visual shows where the geological evolution of the caves is re-created, a volcano's eruption and …
Jardim das Plantas Indígenas da Madeira
Stretching for 2200 square meters, the garden of indigenous plants of Madeira was created in 1989 by the Ecology Club Canary Laurel with the support of the municipality and of the Global Fund for nature WWF, fruit of a growing …
Núcleo Museológico Rota da Cal
The Museum-Cal route encompasses several landmarks of the natural heritage, built and cultural de São Vicente in an area of approximately 12,000 square meters. Among which, apart from all the local scenic beauty are two quarries of limestone, a lime …
Casa-Museu Doutor Horácio Bento de Gouveia
House built between the 17th and 18th centuries, in the popular civil style of Madeira, was the birthplace of Dr. Horácio Bento de Gouveia. Was adapted to House-Museum in 1986 and there you can find objects linked to the professional …
Where to eat in São Vicente
Mediterranean, Portuguese, Regional
Restaurante pertencente ao alojamento Casa da Capelinha. Só serve jantares.
Mediterranean, Portuguese, Regional, Seafood restaurant
A restaurant that belongs to a hotel. It has pleasant sea views.
Where to sleep in São Vicente
A familiar resort with 12 TO, T1 and T2 apartments in two houses. One of the manors was restored and the other was recently built. They are both located near t…
An inn that has 11 rooms with sea views, a restaurant, a bar, a living room and a parking lot.
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