You will travel to São Vicente, on the north of the island where you will see the Volcanic Caves and the Volcanism Centre where you learn all about the origin of the island.
The caves of São Vicente were formed by a volcanic eruption 890 thousand years ago at Paúl da Serra. As the lava came down to the sea, the outer portion was exposed to lower temperatures and solidified rapidly, while inside, the lava continued to flow with many gases and created a series of lava tubes that form the caves of São Vicente.
This set of eight “volcanic tunnels” extends for a distance of more than 1000 metres, with maximum heights varying between 5 and 6 metres. It is the largest known cave system on Madeira Island. The caves were first reported in 1885 by the local population, whose curiosity was awakened by the cave opening and were then inaugurated on 1 October 1996, being the first volcanically-born caves opened to the public in Portugal.
The caves tour ends at the volcanism centre where you learn lots of facts and figures about volcanoes. Whilst walking from the Caves to the Volcanism Centre, you will be treated to the sight of a spectacular reflecting pool of water that covers the Volcanism Centre, as they follow the corridor that leads into the Centre. You will be also be transported in a shaking lift to the centre of the earth, were a3D film shows you the volcanic eruption.
Tour Availability: Wednesdays only.
Departure: Approximately between 08h30 and 09h00 depending on the number of guests and hotels.
Finish: Approximately at 17h00/17h30.
Pick-up if possible from hotel entrance (if the road does not allow the bus/minibus to pass, pick up from the nearest point to the hotel).
For clients staying at Quinta do Lorde please note there will be a small supplement (approx. €28 per person) to transfer to Funchal.
For clients staying at Calheta Beachand Saccharumplease note there will be a small supplement (approx. €40 per person) to transfer to Funchal.