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 and Volcano Centre 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.
All of our providers comply with local legislation and applicable health recommendations regarding protection and safety, to help avoid the spread of Covid-19. Specifically, the provider of this tour will apply the following measures:
- The use of masks is obligatory. The client must bring their own mask.
- Alcohol gel will be available before, during, and after the service.
- All those running the service (guide, driver etc...) will wear a mask throughout its duration.
- Handing out of printed material such as maps or brochures will be avoided.
- The transport used will be disinfected before and after each service and deep-cleaned every 24 hours.
- Showing your voucher on your phone will be enough, and it is not necessary to print anything.
|Per person||under 18|
Per personUS$ 29.90
under 18not admitted
The activity takes place with a guide that simultaneously speaks in English and other languages.
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.
If there are still places available, you can book until the previous day (Madeira Island local time).
We will send you a voucher that you can show on your phone to take part in 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.
If you need help to book an activity or have any enquiries, please contact us.
No (not suitable for people with reduced mobility or pushchairs/strollers).