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  • Address: Estrada Regional 101, Fonte da Pedra
  • Hours: Closed Monday; open daily June to September
Most visitors come to winsome farming village of Santana for famed Madeira Theme Park, seven sprawling hectares of family fun. Most activities and exhibits, appealingly presented in rolling country gardens, showcase traditional Madeira culture, from rowboats in a gentle lake and traditional hedge mazes, to pirate-themed rides and live shows.

The winsome farming village of Santana, however, is also worth exploring. Most famously, the rolling wheat and rye fields are studded with traditional triangular bungalows, topped with distinctive straw-thatch roofs. Santana is also a good base for hikers, with trails through laurel forests, along the rugged coast, and through Navio Nature Reserve.

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There are 2 scenic drives connecting Santana and Funchal: Mountainous Route 103, traversing the Parque Ecológicao do Fuchal and Parque Natural do Ribeiro Frio, and the faster, coastal Rapida 101, via Macheco. Buses 56, 103, 132 and 138 run hourly between Funchal and Santana.

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Grand Madeira Island Tour - Porto Moniz and Santana

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 10 Reviews

Spend a day admiring the picturesque scenery of Madeira. Start today with a beautiful view over Camara de Lobos from Pico da Torre followed by stunning views ...  Read more

Location: Funchal, Portugal
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $67.42

Full Day East Madeira - Camacha, Pico do Ariero, Ribeiro Frio, Portela, Santana

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 10 Reviews

This full day tour gives you the opportunity to see artisans at work, a town famous for its cottages and to enjoy picture perfect scenery. Visiting Camacha, ...  Read more

Location: Funchal, Portugal
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $37.08

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