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Capelinha de Nossa Senhora de Fátima

The Capelinha da Nossa Senhora da Fátima, on top of Pico da Cova, is a feast for the eyes and a haven for the soul. For other tours and attractions, see Things To Do In Funchal Madeira. Discover what Funchal has to offer in What To Do In Funchal.

  • Coordinates: 32.796790, -17.037370

The chapel is an important Marian place of worship in the region, inaugurated in 1931 by Father Agostinho de Abreu Vieira, a devotee of Our Lady of Fatima.

The highlight of the chapel is the tower, with a mechanical clock that can be heard throughout the parish. Climbing up to the small chapel is a charming stroll, with breathtaking views of the mountains that cover the horizon.

The atmosphere is so serene that it is easy to forget the hustle and bustle of the outside world. A charming chapel, despite its modest size.


Although it is closed most of the time, the interior can be admired through the glass door. The altar features the image of Our Lady of Fatima and Jesus’ Sacred Heart.

Below, tranquillity envelops the pedestrianized streets, characterized by narrow sidewalks and staircases in front of the main church.

If you’re like us, the walk will work up your appetite. Restaurant Lavrador is a good option. It’s located at Estrada Dom João V 149, near the São Vicente Caves.

In the underground world of the island, we find the São Vicente Caves, which are illuminated to highlight the beauty of the location.

At the mouth of the Ribeira de São Vicente river, by the sea, stands the Nossa Senhora do Calhau Chapel, built in 1692 and reconstructed several times due to landslides, a testament to the resilience of this community. Next to the chapel, we spotted São Vicente Beach, a stretch of pebbles that extends along the sea.

Following the coastal road near the tunnel, we came across a magnificent sight: the Água d’Alto waterfall, flowing to meet the Atlantic Ocean.

Where to Stay?

In São Vicente, there are many options ranging from budget to luxurious. Here are some suggestions:

Matilde House: A holiday home with a garden and patio in a prime location.

A more rustic experience and closer contact with nature, Granny’s Farm is an excellent option, with bungalows and tents on a plot with fruit trees between the mountains and the sea.

Casa da Piedade is ideal for those who appreciate a historic and welcoming atmosphere, offering a restored 18th-century house with a fireplace lounge, an exterior garden, and well-decorated rooms.

Solar Da Bica is perfect for those seeking a comfortable and peaceful, with a heated indoor pool, spa, panoramic terrace, and rooms with balconies.

Things To Do nearby:

The modern road network on the island of Madeira has brought the northern coast closer to the city, making it possible to reach Funchal in just half an hour.

To the west, the natural saltwater swimming pools in Porto Moniz are among the most popular attractions on the island.

Heading east, we find the iconic triangular thatched houses known as palheiros, one of the most emblematic symbols of Santana (in Madeira).

Between São Vicente and Santana are the two highest points on the island of Madeira: Pico Ruivo and Pico do Arieiro. The PR 1 – Vereda do Pico do Arieiro trail connects these points, and it takes a challenging 4 to 6 hours to complete.

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Nossa Senhora do Calhau, São Vicente.