São Vicente (Madeira)
This is the beautiful town of São Vicente
, belonging to the municipality with the same name, just like Hunedoara is where I was born and lived so far. It's a small town with a total of about 79 square Km, and just over 6000 wonderful people living there. I feel like home where ever I am, so this is not a desire to travel or a destination to be reached. Just feels like home and it felt like a strange familiarity since the first times I've seen it, many years ago. Very few things are very familiar to me, at least in this world, when I find something like that, I say so. This is one of them
São Vicente is home of the famous
, well known around the world for about 600 years. Strangely enough, that's about the time the Corvin's castle in Hunedoara was built. Most strange is that the name of the town, partially, comes from the fact that the early settlers coming to this valley found numerous crows flying over and that reminded them of Saint Vincent, whose remains were defended by one of these Corvus, which is also the emblem of Hunedoara and at the same time of our castle here
The legend says that the name for the municipality and for town comes "from an incident where Saint Vincent of Saragossa appeared in a rocky cove near the mouth of the river. Consequently, the settlers constructed a small chapel to the saint, owing to the great devotion to his personage."
The municipality of
, established in 1744 has three parishes: São Vicente, Ponta Delgada and Boaventura. This area of the island is famous for
which is something I will be learning. There are a lot of things to do there: local and cultural events, viticulture, sports, racing or all kinds, hiking on the mountains, sunsets, sunrises, the ocean etc.
The city is not far from the capital, Funchal. About a 30-40 minute
drive with a car
and around 2 hours with a bus
I will make it there, soon enough. Lots of things to do here before I can go and then to settle to Madeira in the coming years.
A little treat for Damni, Shay and Jake: bike rides
More stuff to come in this thread as days, weeks and months pass, so... stay tuned