Formed around 890,000 years ago by a volcanic eruption, the Grutas de São Vicente are a fascinating complex of caves and lava tunnels on the isle of Madeira. Discover them on this guided tour!
São Vicente Caves Tour
After picking you up from your hotel in Funchal at 2 pm, we'll set off towards the north of Madeira. On the way, we'll make a brief stop in the picturesque coastal village of Ribeira Brava to take photos, before continuing to São Vicente, where some very special caves await us.
Following an expert English-speaking guide, we'll enter the volcanic caves of São Vicente. These underground tunnels and grottos, formed around 890,000 years ago by a volcanic eruption, reach a depth of 40 metres. As we explore the different underground walkways, our guide will reveal fascinating facts about the caves, which were discovered by local residents in 1885.
As we delve into the lava tubes, the geology will change, and we'll learn how to distinguish the different types of rocks. If you touch the walls of the underground galleries, you'll notice some of them are wet - the guide will explain where the water is filtered from during the tour.
At the end of the tour of São Vicente caves, we'll visit the Volcano Centre, a free museum which showcases the geological origins of the Madeira archipelago.
We'll then make our way back to Funchal, where you'll be dropped off at our hotel at around 6 pm.
The minimum age to take part in this activity is 18 years old.
All of our providers comply with local legislation and applicable health recommendations regarding protective material and safety to help avoid the spread of Covid-19.
Per personUS$ 27.40
The tour is carried out in several languages at the same time, including in English.
Hotel pick up and drop off.
English speaking guide.
Transport by minibus.
Entry to São Vicente Caves.
Entry to the Volcano Centre.
When to book?
Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.
You can book up until the previous day (2:00 PM local time) if there are still places available.
Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.
Frequently asked questions
Q - How to book?
A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.
No (not suitable for people with reduced mobility or pushchairs/strollers).