Watch a Breathtaking Fiery Sunset in Sao Vincente


Situated on the north-west coast in the north of Madeira, Sao Vincente is considered as a beautiful scenic village on the island. Located between Porto Moniz and Santana this authentic agricultural town is attracting more and more visitors to the region. Visitors to Sao Vincente are treated to some of the best and most dramatic views of the island of Madeira. This peaceful village has just a handful of restaurants and bars where you can relax and take in the beautiful surroundings. Cala San Vincente is ideal for quiet relaxing holidays. The beachside restaurants here serve the freshest fish and seafood on the island.


The Sao Vincente Caves offer an insight into volcanic eruptions. A walk through the caves network of volcanic tunnels gives visitors the opportunity to see the stalactites and ‘lava cakes’ which were formed over 400,000 years ago. The cave complex has a pavilion where you can take in an audiovisual show which recreates the cave’s volcanic geological origins. Sitting inside a large basalt rock at the mouth of the river that runs through the town is the unique Capela de Sao Roque (Chapel) which was built by Inacio de Sousa in 1692.


The older part of Cala San Vincente is set around a shaded promenade and beach which visitors share with the local fisherman. There are three other unspoiled sandy beaches set in the bay at Cala San Vincente, all offering excellent views of the amazing cliffs of the Formentor peninsula. The secluded Cala Clara beach, Cala Molins beach, and Cala Barques beach are connected by footpaths so when you want a change of scenery; it is easy to walk to another beach. Cala Barques is the most popular of the three beaches, offering plenty of watersports and beachside restaurants. All of the beaches have gentle sloping sands and clear, calm, shallow waters, making them ideal for families with small children.

Other activities

The area surrounding Sao Vincente offers excellent hang gliding and paragliding terrain for those seeking adventure. If you still need more of an adrenaline rush, then you can try mountain climbing, rock climbing, and mountain biking or try white water canoeing down the mountain streams. You will also find a broader choice of restaurants and shops along the winding streets and a great market on a Sunday where you are bound to haggle and bag a bargain or two. Cala San Vincente makes an ideal base for exploring the rugged coastline, stunning mountains, and forest-clad hills. However, evenings are more likely to be spent just relaxing and taking in the views over a meal and a glass of wine. If you are looking for more exciting evenings, there is nearby Puerto Pollensa and Alcudia.

With 9 to 11 hours of sunshine during the day in the summer and up to 5 hours of sunshine a day in the winter months, weather conditions are ideal for a relaxing break on the beautiful island of Madeira. If you are looking for a peaceful, relaxing break with quiet, unspoiled beaches and beautiful surroundings, then the beautiful island of Majorca is where to be.