Insider's Guide to Madeira

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Music lovers gather here every July for a festival known as Twenty-four Hours of Dancing. Traditional folklore groups from around the island perform throughout the day, making it one of the best times of year to experience this picturesque village on Madeira’s northern coast.

Santana’s brightly colored A-frame houses, built in a traditional style with natural stone and thatched roofs, make this mountain destination worth the trip any time of year. The rolling wheat and rye fields, dotted with these triangular bungalows, are famous and distinctive sights. Visit the Santa Ana Chapel or shop for local crafts at the dozens of shops that dot the rural landscape. Ride the nearby cable car for an aerial look at this attractive historic town, or wander the levadas footpaths towards equally impressive views from the island’s highest point.

Practical Info

Santana is accessible by car from Fuchal by taking the freeway towards the airport and following the regional 101 Road signs. There is another scenic drive connecting Santana and Funchal: Mountainous Route 103, traversing the Parque Ecologicao do Funchal and Parque Natural do Ribeiro Frio. 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 7 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 $74.67

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 $41.07

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