|Location:||Near São Vincente, north coast, Madeira. From the capital Funchal follow the coast westwards to Ribeira Brava, then north across the Encumeada pass to Soa Vincente, the cave is a fewkm up the valley near the road (signposted).|
|Open:||All year daily 9-19.|
|Fee:||Adults EUR 8. |
|Guided tours:||L=700m, D=20min.|
Helga Hartmann (1997):
Die "Grutas de São Vincente" - eine Schauhöhle auf Madeira.
Höhlenkundliche Mitteilungen, 53. Jg (1997), Heft 9, pp.178-179
Knut Brenndörfer (2005):
Höhlen auf Madeira,
in: HFGOK-Mitteilungen, Jahrgang 24, Heft 3, September 2005, S.73-76
|Address:||Grutas de São Vicente, Sítio do Pé do Passo, 9240-039 São Vicente, Madeira, Tel: +351-291-842404.|
|As far as we know this information was accurate when it was published (see years in brackets), but may have changed since then.|
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|Last update:||$Date: 2015/08/30 21:58:05 $|
|1855||first explorations by James Yate Johnson, an englishman, who thought the lave tubes could be connected with the plateau Pául da Serra.|
|1992||start of development as a show cave.|
|1996||opened to the public.|
The Grutas de São Vicente consists of a number of parallel lava tubes, leading from the plateau Pául da Serra to the sea. This tubes are connected by several artificial tunnels.
The cave shows typical features of a lava tube, different forms of lava including some lava dripstones. It is interesting from a geological point of view, but not very spectacular from the tourist point of view, still its a nice intermezzo on a visit to the impressive north coast.
|Grutas de São Vicente Gallery|
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