Santana Tours

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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. Travelers can 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 the attractive historic town, or wander the levadas footpaths for equally impressive views from the island’s highest point.

However, many visitors come to Santana for the famed Madeira Theme Park, seven sprawling hectares of family fun. Most activities and exhibits showcase traditional Madeira culture, from lake rowboats and traditional hedge mazes to pirate-themed rides and live shows. Music lovers also gather here every July for the 24 Hours of Dancing Festival, during which traditional folklore groups perform, making it one of the best times of year to experience this picturesque village on Madeira’s northern coast.

Practical Info

There are two 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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Address: Estrada Regional 101, Fonte da Pedra, Santana 9230-098, Portugal
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Hours: Closed Monday; open daily June to September
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Madeira Peaks - Open 4X4 Full-Day Tour

The island of Madeira is renowned for rugged mountains whose summits shoot into the sky. Ascend to the island’s best viewpoints on a 8-hour 4x4 tour from Funchal, ideal for lovers of nature and the outdoors. In an open-top 4x4, you’ll conquer rugged, off-road routes and absorb views of natural landmarks such as Eagle’s Rock and Riveiro Frio , the island’s third-highest peak. Plus, you’ll visit a sugar cane factory in Porto da Cruz. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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South East and North East Island Day Tour from Funchal

Explore the eastern part of Madeira Island on a full-day private tour from Funchal. Learn about the local culture of the region from your informative guide as you visit small villages such as Camacha, Santana, Santa Cruz, and Machico. Take in the stunning panoramic views from the highest point on the island, Pico Ruivo, and stroll through the Ribeiro Frio Forest Park before heading back to your hotel in Funchal.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Madeira East Island Tour with Levada Walk and Lunch

Spend a day exploring the dramatic sea cliffs, islands and traditional villages of Madeira’s east coast on this full-day small-group tour, with a maximum of 8 people. Enjoy magnificent views of Ribeiro Frio, Pico do Arieiro and Laurissilva forest; discover the crafts-making heritage of Camacha village; and snap photos of the thatched triangular houses in Santana village. After a scenic walk along the levadas (canal ways) and a visit to a trout farm, tuck into a delicious 3-course lunch (included) on the island of Grutas do Faial.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Full Day Jeep Safari East - Pico do Areeiro - Santana - Ponta de são Lourenço

Experience Funchal’s rich culture and natural environment on this all-day off-road adventure. After a convenient hotel pickup, hop in a 4x4 and explore the island’s pristine corners with a local guide. Enjoy a traditional meal for lunch, stop for souvenirs in Santana, visit Madiera’s first capital city, and marvel at picturesque views of the Red Cliffs—all on one affordable, family-friendly tour.
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East Tour A-Framed Houses

East Madeira is known for its stunning A-Framed houses in Camacha. This day tour is perfect for travelers with limited time in Madeira as you’ll see many highlights in one tour. Get access to incredible Pico Arieiro views, see the UNESCO World Heritage site Laurissilva Forest, and Ponta de São Lourenço. Traveling with a guide means you won’t get lost, and you’ll learn about Madeira as you explore its attractions.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Adventureland Madeira - 4x4 Tours - East Tour - Santana

East Tour:This tour will go throught the following interest points: 1) Funchal 2) Pico do Areeiro 3) Ribeiro Frio 4) Cova da Roda 5) Santana 6) Porto da Cruz 7) Ponta de São Lourenço 8) Return to FunchalDuration: Approximately 8 hours (09:00 – 17:00)Land Rover Discovery - 06 paxOpen Roof
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