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Água d’Alto Waterfall, São Vicente

As we ran along the coastal road next to the São Vicente tunnel, we were greeted with a magnificent spectacle: the Água d’Alto waterfall, which flows in the island’s north. Madeira has much more to offer – check out Madeira What To Do. Don’t miss the What To Do In Funchal.

With approximately 150 meters in height, it rises majestically and imposingly. It is one of the tallest on the island of Madeira (not to be confused with another waterfall of the same name in the municipality of Santana).

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And around the waterfall, the landscape is breathtaking.

The crystal clear waters of the pebble beach, frequented by surfers, are an irresistible invitation for those seeking a moment of peace.

At the foot of the bridge that crosses the mouth of the Ribeira de São Vicente, a hidden treasure awaits us: the Chapel of Calhau, built in the 17th century, is a monument to the unwavering strength of this land, resisting the whims of nature.


Not far away, we have the Calamar Hotel stands out in the rocky and lush landscape. With three outdoor pools, an indoor heated pool, a jacuzzi, a sauna and a spa.

The vastness of the mountains, covered with vegetation seems to want to touch the sky, contrasting with the houses that spread across the valley.

But the true jewel of the municipality of São Vicente is the Caves underground on the island. The caves feature special lighting that further enhances the place’s natural beauty. The entrance fee is 8 euros, a reasonable price to explore the underground wonders.

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The modern road network of the island of Madeira has brought the north coast closer to the city, allowing you to reach the Funchal in 30 minutes.

To the west, one of the most popular attractions on the island of Madeira is the Porto Moniz natural pools, formed by volcanic rocks that create crystal-clear saltwater pools.

To the east, we reached Santana, where we admired the iconic thatched houses. It was almost inaccessible by sea and land, which helped preserve its unique characteristics.

Between São Vicente and Santana, Pico Ruivo and Pico do Arieiro are two of the highest points on the island of Madeira. Between them lies Pico das Torres.

The PR 1 – Vereda do Pico do Areeiro trail connects these three points and is a demanding route that takes 4 to 6 hours.