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North East Tour Sao Vicente Caves

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    The Volcanic caves are a 700mts (2297 ft) long lava tunnel was blasted out by volcanic gases. 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.

    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 Sao Jorge, a lush farmland with vineyards. After several hairpin bends we reach, Cabanas. It is a breathtaking view point. The houses of Arco de Sao Jorge and the Rose garden lay small and far below. You can admire the beautiful north-western coast line as far as Porto Moniz.

    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.

    Continuing your journey to the biggest parish of Santana, “Faial”. It owes its name to the beech- trees, an indigenous myricaceae, which grows in the stream valleys and on the mountain. This picturesque village lies high above the sea and has a pretty little church. At the mouth of the river is a modern little lido complex with a sea pool, kid’s playground and a rocky beach.You will stop here for lunch.

    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.

    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.

    Your last stop is in “Ponta de São Lourenço”,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.
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    Reviewed 20 February 2019

    This was a great tour with Manuel as our driver and guide. Manuel was lovely and very knowledgeable about the places we visited and about the island of Madeira. We were the only ones on this tour so we were very grateful to Madeira Island...More

    Date of experience: February 2019
    Thank mandb999
    MadeiraProtea, Public Relations Manager at Madeira Island Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 23 February 2019

    Thank you so much for such a nice review about our Madeira Transfers and Tours So good to know that you enjoyed your madeira transfers and Tours with us, Best regards, Susana

    Reviewed 12 November 2018 via mobile

    My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our Northeast Tour which seems to be very popular. Our coach was filled to capacity, despite the fact that it was an off-shoulder month. We got stuck in traffic for a bit but that is through no fault of...More

    Thank KathleenR_28
    MadeiraProtea, Guest Relations Manager at Madeira Island Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 18 November 2018

    Thank you so much for such a nice review about our Madeira Island Tours So good to know that you enjoyed your madeira island Tour with us, Best regards, Susana

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