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Make a self catering villa or holiday rental at Sao Vicente, Madeira Island your home away from home

The small town of Sao Vicente (population 3,439) is on the north coast of Madeira in the North Atlantic Ocean. The town has some amenities including schools, a large parish church, banks and local shops set around the plazas. The red tiled roofs and white washed houses make this a pretty town to choose for a self-catering holiday on Madeira.

Sao Vicente has some lovely sandy beaches which are a big attraction to the area along with the volcanic caves and lava tubes which are over 1000 metres long.

Things to Do at Sao Vicente, Madeira Island

Beaches

Some of the best beaches on Madeira are along the north coast and Sao Vicente is no exception. They offer ideal surfing conditions along with snorkeling, scuba diving, boat trips, sport fishing charters and whale and dolphin spotting.

Enjoy Local Food and Drink

Madeira has some fine local and international restaurants which serve mainly fish and seafood. Bread soup is a local delicacy along with "espada com banana", scabbard fish with baked banana. The Madeira wine makes a wonderful dessert wine to round off any meal.

Walk the Levadas

Madeira is ideal for walking along the levadas which were aqueducts built centuries ago to carry water down to the agricultural areas on the drier south side of the island. They now provide around 600 miles of scenic paved trails with stunning scenery and waterfalls.

Places to Visit Near Sao Vicente, Madeira Island

Santana

A little further along the coast from your Sao Vicente holiday villa is the small town of Santana, best known for its traditional A-framed houses, called "palheiros". These tiny houses are covered with thatched straw roofs and are mostly used for storage nowadays. There is also a cable car at Santana which takes visitors past a waterfall on the journey down the cliffs to the shore below.

Funchal

The main city on Madeira is Funchal and it is located in a natural amphitheatre around the busy port. The compact city centre has plenty of shops and restaurants along with botanical gardens, historic churches and wine cellars for sampling the locally made fortified wine. The old flower market with its exotic blooms is a popular attraction, along with the Cathedral, the Santa Clara Convent and the Sao Lourenco Palace.

Cabo Girao

One of the most popular places to visit from your Sao Vicente villa is the Cabo Girao cliffs. These are some of the world's highest ocean cliffs and offer dizzying views down to the sea 590m (1935 feet) below.

Weather at Sao Vicente, Madeira Island

The island's location, close to the Gulf stream, gives Sao Vicente mild winters and sunny summers, making it a popular destination all year-round for visitors. Daily highs range from 20-25°C (68-77°F) making it ideal for holidays all year round. The area does get rain showers between the sunshine.

Travel to Sao Vicente, Madeira Island

Madeira's only airport is Funchal International (FNC) Airport which is 30km (20 miles) from your Sao Vicente villa. The best way to reach Sao Vicente is by hiring a car and driving along the scenic mountain roads.

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A superb family retreat.

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The villa was equipped with everything you could need (big kitchen with plenty of storage, plenty of cutlery, array of pans and cooking trays, coffee machine, dishwasher, washing machine, clothes airer, hair dryers, barbecue, etc). The property boasts large rooms and a very large open plan kitchen/dining room. It is well located in a traditional Madeirian setting within a small village made up mostly of locallers. The property is very secluded allowing for privacy by the pool and has beautiful unhindered sea views. There is a church within 5 minutes walk which is sat next to a handful of the usual shops (bar, post office and village grocery shop). Fresh bread is available daily and the church bells ring traditionally, letting you know the time every quarter of the hour (this did not disrupt our stay and we couldn't hear them at night but they did serve as a very handy tan timer!). The pool was the best we have used. It has steps for access and a handy ledge around its perimeter to stand on instead of hanging onto the edge. The deepest part of the pool was just over 6ft but was about 3/4 along the length of the pool not at the end. It rose back up again towards the end which worked really well for us as we tend to use the pool for ball games rather than swimming lengths so the shallow areas each end of the pool were perfect. Our son would stand on the various steps for his height and the other end of the pool came up to an adults shoulders. There was also a poolside shower room with toilet which was extremely handy. All the beds were very comfy and the house was spotlessly clean. The housekeeper cleaned and changed the bed linen each week and was on hand for anything we needed. One of the window shutters got stuck during our stay and the maintenance man was there within 24 hours, fixing it without any fuss. We hired a car for our stay and explored the island. There was lots to do and Funchal was easy to travel to for the day. (We did it a couple of times). Restaurants are coming out of Madeiras ears! You could easily eat at a different restaurant every night and that doesn't included Funchal. I would highly recommend this villa and totally ignore the bad review previously posted by somebody who I could only assume has a bug stuck somewhere rather uncomfortable!
  • Review Submitted: 23-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017

Absolutely fantastic cottage in Seixal

5 of 5
Fantastic place to spend family holidays. Quiet and peaceful Seixal offers great views, beach, two local restaurants and a natural swimming pool. Cottage is clean, well equipped and very friendly owner is always willing to help and provide information. Seixal is also a great place to explore the island, only 10 minutes from Porto Moniz and 45 minutes from Funchal.
  • Review Submitted: 18-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017

Heaven on earth

5 of 5
Our family of four stayed at this wonderful villa in April 2017. The property is absolutely perfect. Beautifully maintained and very tastefully decorated . It was luxurious! Thought and consideration had been put into everything, from the kitchen appliances (both inside and outside), and tablewear to the fluffy towels and cotton wool balls in the bathrooms! The view is stunning and waking every morning to that vista was a gift. The bedrooms were very comfortable and a great size with plenty of wardrobe space. The pool area was just stunning and the icing on the cake was the outside kitchen where we did most of our dining. What made this holiday so special was Cristina herself and her wonderful hospitality! What a welcome we received ! What cakes ! What a warm, genuine host! We are certainly going to return. Thank you Cristina for a truly magical and unforgettable holiday! From the Currie family from Scotland xx
  • Review Submitted: 17-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017