São Vicente is a pleasant, small municipality on the north coast of Madeira, west of Santana and east of Porto Moniz. The centre has a uniform style with white-walled buildings and tiled roofs.
Even its modern buildings are sympathetically designed.
São Vicente used to be home to a visitor attraction offering visits to volcanic caves. Although the caves are still there, the attraction closed down during the pandemic and is still to reopen.
It's possible to walk from São Vicente to Seixal along the old coastal road where you'll get some stunning views along the 6km hike.
The tunnel network means that getting to São Vicente by car is not a problem and there's parking available on arrival.
Public transport is more of an ordeal, particuarly at weekends. Rodoeste buses to/from Funchal take between 1 hour (the commuter service in the morning and evening) to around two and a half hours and may require a change of bus in Ribeira Brava. Check their timetables for more information.
Tours of the north or west of the island may make a stop in São Vicente.