Nature in São Vicente
Exclusive and unique, Saint Vincent is presented with a visitable and well interpreted geological heritage, along with all the sights and gardens, the experience of being closer to nature and the earth, has never been true.
São Vicente Caves and Volcanism Centre – the caves were formed about 890,000 years, and the first caves of volcanic origin that are open to the public in Portugal. The outer portion which was in contact with lower temperatures solidified more rapidly, in contrast to the interior maintained at high temperature, retaining more gases forming lava tubes. This structure was first disclosed in 1885 being open to the public in 1996, showing an underground route with more than one kilometer in length, wherein its height will vary between 5 and 6 meters. At the end of this path is the Volcanism Centre, a pavilion that allows watch pedagogically and playful way, the audiovisual shows that recreate and present the geological evolution of the caves, since the eruption current lineup. This is open Monday to Sunday from 10.00 to 18.00, ending December 25.
Promenade of Juncos – connects the beaching the bay of Juncos, enables a stroll along the lines of the north coast of the island of Madeira. Having opened in 2004, the beach resort of Saint Vincent offers infrastructure support and is very popular for good conditions for surfing.
Viewpoint of Encumeada – provides a view of the landscape of the north back, Saint Vincent and the south, Ribeira Brava, the island, along with the valleys of Ribeira Brava and Sao Vicente, lying on the ridge crest, passing through interior of Madeira.
Viewpoint Terra Chã – with the ER101, in the village of Ponta Delgada, this provides a view that has this maritime coast to Porto Moniz.
Gazebo Cardais – on the right bank of the river and the village of São Vicente, this gives a view of the center of the village and the valley of São Vicente.
Indigenous Plant Garden of Madeira – in the town center of Saint Vincent, this presents a collection with dozens of Madeiran endemic flora. Created in 1989 by Barbusano ecology club, with the support of the Worldwide Fund for Nature, this space has a great knowledge of the botanical heritage of Madeira.
Recreation area of Chão dos Louros – between Encumeada and São Vicente, its name is due to the presence of a large number of laurels.