The cute houses of this small island town with a population of about 10000 people enchant its visitors.
The gable roofs of the houses are quite interesting and remarkable.
For this reason, this town deserve to be written as a separate article.
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How to get to Santana
Since the traditional Palheiro Houses are located in the center of city, you must first come to Santana.
The city is on the northwest coast of the island, a 50-minute drive from Funchal. The north road of the island are pictures of inaccessible places that can often only be admired from a distance or from the water.
Winding narrow roads hanging over precipices and vertical rocks falling straight into the water, towns between several hundred meters high walls and tropical forests filling the valleys. Could write a lot about it.
If you dont want a drive, The best way to get from Funchal to Santana is to take line 56 bus. It takes 1h 12m and costs 2€-4€.
There is also parking nearby.
Traditional Palheiro Houses in Santana are perhaps regarded as one of Madeira Island’s most important cultural heritage.
Places to visit in Santana
To see the Traditional Historic Town Santana, you should definitely take the Santana tour.
When you join a Santana tour, Camacha is usually your first stop.
Camacha is the place where the first official football match was played in 1875. Footballer Ronaldo is from here.
The city is famous for its straw knitting.World famous wicker tobogans are made here. Selling handmade wicker breadbaskets, wicker boxes, wicker baskets there are shops.
-Pico de Airoe
One of the most beautiful places of Santana tour is undoubtedly the Pico de Airoe.
There is a café and radar station at an altitude of 1680 meters.
The scenery is beyond amazing, those who come here make sure to take your coats with you because it can be quite cold.
Beautiful view of Faial and the coast. The Madeirans meet here on festive days.
-Nossa Senhora dos Bons Caminhos
You can see it here before coming to Santana. It is worth every step taken to get here. Beautiful view of Faial and the coast.
The Madeirans meet here on festive days.
-Traditional Palheiro Houses
These houses are almost like fairy tales. Traditional Madeira houses in town seem to have jumped out of an artist’s painting.
These gable roofs are covered with straw. The walls of the houses here are white, the doors are red and the window frames are blue.
These cute houses, which were previously used by local farmers, have now become the center of attention for tourists. Click for detailed information and photos.
If you think a beautiful forest walk would be great after a super scenic tour, an 11 km forest walking path awaits you. During our walk, you can see papaya, mango, avocado, fig, passion fruit, coffee trees and sugar cane fields. You can take a coffee and sightseeing break at Ribeiro Frio.
Poncha, a delicious liqueur unique to Madeira, is produced here. They mix the cane rum with orange and honey. You must taste a great taste.
Here they sell tourist souvenirs and tropical flower seeds unique to the island. Beautiful flowers are enough to make people happy.
You were clear after this long trip. It’s time to taste the Santana shish kebabs. You should definitely eat the shish kebabs made on skewers unique to the town.
There are a couple of hotels and private rentals specially to bed down on the north coast in the village.
I really liked this town.
A great place for relaxation. Words are insufficient to describe this island, each place and a piece of God’s incredible creation. I recommend it to everyone.