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
Leaving Pico Areiro continuing your journey up hill, through small terraces lining the road where you can find all types of fruits before you reach the Madeira Laurissilva Forest. Ribeiro Frio is a delightful spot set among the Laurissilva forest This Forest was classified in the World Heritage by UNESCO in 1999. Here the fresh clean cold water of the Ribeiro Frio (meaning cold river) are channelled into series of deep pools to create a small trout farm. Ribeiro Frio is the meeting point of several levada walks.
Pico do Arieiro
Madeira East Tour uphill heading for Pico Arieiro, 1818m (5965 fts). It is the third highest peak in Madeira. As you climb, the green woodland gives way to bare rock. There are tremendous views over an endless succession of knife-edge ridges and sheer cliffs. Cotton-wool clouds hang in the valleys. After leaving the peak Arieiro, heading home, enjoying the enormous Madeira junipers tree which has become quite rare over the years.
- 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