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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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                                                                                                    Beautiful property in a stunning locations

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                                                                                                    My husband and I stayed for a week at Palheiro Cottage, hosted by Jenny and Graham and had a fantastic time. The cottage itself is beautifully appointed, with spacious living accommodation inside as well as plenty of outside space with the balcony and the roof terrace. We were warmly welcomed by Jenny and Graham, given a tour of the cottage and lots of helpful information about the local village, Calheta and beyond: such as supermarkets, parking tips and places to visit on the island. We felt reassured that we could come to Jenny and Graham with anything and it was lovely to say hello in the morning and stop for a friendly chat. It was the village chapel feast day during our stay and we were able to observe the village procession and the festivities with our hosts. The kitchen was stocked with basics and we very much enjoyed the meal service provided by the hosts; wonderful home cooked food and delicious wine. We had an amazing experience on the boat cruise with Graham on the Gavito, watching dolphins and whales and seeing the stunning coastline of Madeira from the water. Additional thanks to Graham for trying to teach my husband to fish! The boat trip was a truly exceptional experience and we would urge guests to book it! We hired a car during our week long stay to explore the island, taking a hire company recommendation from our hosts. This was essential for us because we like to have the freedom to come and go. We balanced our stay with trips around the island and days at home. For non drivers, there were always taxis available. Whether you are looking for a base from which to explore Madeira fully or if you are looking for a place to relax, soak up the sun and scenery then Palheiro Cottage is the perfect choice for either. This was our first visit to the island and will definitely be coming back to stay at Palheiro Cottage. Our thanks and best wishes to Jenny and Graham for being such fantastic hosts.
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 19-Sep-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

                                                                                                    mieux que sur les photos

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                                                                                                    Nous avons passé un excellent séjour à Ladeiros au Dinis Cottage. C'est une maison spacieuse qui a été rénovée avec goût conservant un côté typique mais avec tout le confort. Tout est parfait même un barbecue intérieur! Le jardin très fleuri est parfaitement entretenu . L'accueil est chaleureux , les propriétaires sont présents avec discrétion. La situation permet de rayonner sur toute l'île , de partir pour de belles randonnées et de profiter de la mer . Merci à Maria et Manuel pour leur accueil. Nous reviendrons et nous recommandons ce cottage
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 14-Sep-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                                    Stunning Villa

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                                                                                                    We stayed at Casa das Flores a couple of days after the devastating Madeira fires. Richard was fantastic, keeping us updated and informed at all times. Vanda and her team and Jose the pool maintenance man did an amazing job, clearing the ash from the villa terraces and the pool. Vanda told us that the previous day she was personally helping to put out a fire at a nearby villa. Although a lot of locals must have been personally affected, they were amazingly stoical. Casa das Flores offers the highest standard of living both inside and out. The kitchen has everything that you could possibly need for dining in. Pingu supermarket, down at the marina, stocks just about everything that you would need and there is a small supermarket a couple of minutes walk from the villa where we bought fresh bread in the mornings. The soft furnishings were extremely comfortable, especially the beds which had very high quality mattresses. We had glorious weather and we were very grateful for the pool and shaded areas. There are flowers in abundance around the terraces and garden, it really is a Casa das Flores. We were a little pensive about the villa not having air conditioning but it was no problem at all. The villa is located on a hill overlooking the ocean and you get a gentle breeze in the evenings and during the day there are shutters, that when closed kept the heat out. Although Calheta has the only sandy beach on the island it is not a 'tourist trap'. It is very clean and family orientated. The only things that broke the peace and quiet at the villa were the church bells, the morning wake up calls from the cockerels and the locals driving by to sell their fruit and veg from their vans! All the main areas are linked by an incredible tunnel system. A car is essential though to really see the island. However driving in Madeira is not for the faint hearted... steep climbs, hair pin bends and sheer drops. I have to admit that I may have missed some of the more spectacular sights as I had my eyes closed. (obviously I wasn't driving) My 2 teenage children loved the tandem paragliding from the cliff edge to the left of the villa and the highlight for all of us was dolphin & whale watching. We booked with H2O at Calheta Marina. There were only 6 of us in a small speed boat and we saw lots of Dolphins, whales and Turtles .. magical. All in all, a fantastic holiday in a beautiful villa on a stunning island. Thank you for sharing it with us Richard
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 10-Sep-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Aug 2016