Guided tour

São Vicente Caves and Volcano Center Half-Day Tour

4.5 / 5

89 reviews

São Vicente Caves and Volcano Center Half-Day Tour

From US$ 29.01 per person

Visit Madeira's Valley of São Vicente, surrounded by a chain of green mountains. Explore the volcanic caves with their unique lava rock formations.

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Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Portuguese
Small group
Limited to 8 participants


  • Visit the caves known as Grutas of São Vicente
  • Marvel at the spectacular rock formations inside the caves
  • Stop at the Volcano Center to see a 3D film about the island’s geology
Full description
The Grutas of São Vicente are the largest lava caves on the island of Madeira. On this 4-hour program you’ll visit the caves that resulted from an eruption that occurred 400 thousand years ago. Take a guided walk to see the unusual rock formations, such as the volcanic stalactites, lava caves and other lava accumulations. The formations are made even more interesting by the dim lighting along the pathway. The cave tour is conducted in English and Portuguese by a qualified guide who will tell you about the interesting geology of Madeira. After the cave tour you’ll visit the Volcano Center to see an exhibition of different volcanic stones found on the island. There is also a 3D film that explains how the island emerged from the depths of the sea.
  • Hotel pick up and drop-off
  • Guided tour inside the caves
  • Visit the Capelinha do Calhau
  • Viewpoint Quinta Grande
  • Snacks and drinks

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4.5 /5

based on 89 reviews

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A really good tour with nice views on the north side of Madeira, the cave is nice . The cathedral and view point also. But the best on our tour was the amazing guide „John“, he show us the real live of Madeira and gave us really good inside informations , a fantastic guide with really good vibes and big love for his own country.

October 3, 2019

An excellent Secret Madeira tour!

I cannot rate Lucy at Secrwt Madeira highly enough ! From the first email confirmation to collection at an air B&B to the little added tour on the way back ... she’s a first rate guide and lovely lovely person. And the cane wasn’t bad either ! I highly recommend her and the tour. I wish I had booked earlier so I could have taken a few more of her tours ..... next time !!! Thanks Lucy for making my brief holiday with my son something special.

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July 31, 2018

The best tour guide we have ever had !

John "Johnny Boy" was the most informative & courteous tour guide we have ever experienced. His enthusiasm and vast abundance of knowledge about the tour and in fact Madeira in general was so impressive. We can't rate this tour and John as our tour guide highly enough, it was above and beyond what we were expecting.

June 2, 2018

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