North East Tour - Caves Tour
Sao Vicente Caves
The Volcanic caves are located on the northern bank of the river that divides the town of Sao Vicente in two. Here it is possible to explore a little of Madeira’s geological past. A 700mts (2297 ft) long lava tunnel was blasted out by volcanic gases. Water slowly filters through the porous rock and formed clear cold rock pools and streams. The volcanism centre shows us the islands oldest formation which emerged about 5 million years ago. The caves tour ends at the volcanism centre where you learn lots of facts and figures about volcanoes. You will be transported in a shaking lift to the centre of the earth, were a 3d film shows you the volcanic eruption
Entrance at the Caves included in the Price
After leaving the Sao Vicente caves, passing through São Vicente village and reach the charming village of Ponta Delgada. Overlooked by walls of forested mountains, this quiet traditional fishing village has a seafront dominated by the church Bom Jesus. East of the church is modern lido complex. Leaving Ponta Delgada we pass through “Boaventura” where we can absorb the beautiful scenery. The area is a vivid account of beauty.
From Boaventura, the old road to Arco de Sao Jorge is one of the most dramatic in Madeira. Passing through an old tunnel we reach Arco de São Jorge, a lush farmland with vineyards. After several hairpin bends we reach, “Cabanas”. It is a breathtaking view point. The houses of Arco de São Jorge and the Rose garden lay small and far below. You can admire the beautiful north-western coast line as far as Porto Moniz.
Your next stop is to a charming village called “Santana”. Santana gets its name from St. Anne. Home to ‘A` framed Houses. These triangle thatched buildings, were used by local farmers as cow sheds. Traditionally people also lived in these houses. This is one of Madeira’s most familiar images. You will discover how spacious the ´A` framed houses are, when you visit one. The village lies in one of Madeira’s most fertile farming land. Here you will be able to see different types of vegetables and fruit grown. The village itself is clustered round the church
Porto da Cruz
After enjoying lunch, the minibus drivers you to a rural village of Porto do Cruz .Located at the foot of a Rock called Penha d´Aguia. Its name comes from the “Cruz” (cross ), the explores placed on the bay. Once used by people as a port (Porto).The only running sugar mill on the north coast is located in this village. Its brick chimney stands up high in the village It has a beautiful sea promenade. Porto de Cruz is famous for its wine .After leaving Porto da Cruz, cross over to the south coast. Machico is our next stop
Machico bay was the first place where Zarco and Tristão Vaz Teixeira landed. With its uncommonly shaped valley, it looks as if a balcony overlooks the sea and the mountains, in a municipality with great abundance of water. The sugar cane crops and its mill activities, made it become very important for Madeira’s economy until the 17th century. The eastern side of Machico bay is dominated by Pico do Facho, a 320 mts high peak named after the beacon (facho) that used to be lit here to warn residents of approaching pirates.
Ponta Sao Lourenco
Your last stop is in “Ponta de São Lorenço”,the most eastern point of the island. The area around Caniçal and Sao Lorenço has similar climate to that of the island of Porto Santo. It is noticeable that the natural vegetation is different here. The north and south coast can be seen simultaneously. On a clear day Porto Santo can also be seen. Beautiful rock formation can be found in this region.
- Payment made Directly to the Guide in Euros
- Children from 0 to 8 years of age pay half price.
- Entrance at the Caves included in the Price
- Professional Tour spoken in Portuguese, English, French ,German or Spanish and Italian.
- Transport To and From your Hotel (Hotels in Caniço and Funchal) is Included in the Price.
- All Tours are done in small groups of 8 to 16 pax maximum
- We are not Time Share
- Tours may be Cancelled Due to Weather Conditions or Events Beyond our Control.
- We can Arrange tours for Small, Medium and Large Groups on request, Please Contact Us