Things To Do in Santana MADEIRA: the typical Madeiran houses

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2024-01-25

Best Things To Do in Santana. Santana is a municipality on the North Coast of Madeira Island and comprises six parishes: São Roque do Faial, Faial, Santana, Ilha, São Jorge and Arco de São Jorge.

Located on the beautiful island of Madeira, is renowned for its charming and iconic typical Madeiran houses known as “palheiros.”

It is an incredible place with several tourist attractions for those who enjoy hiking and outdoor activities. Pico Ruivo, Rocha do Navio Nature Reserve, Levada do Rei, and Caldeirão Verde are a few. However, if you prefer to take a break from physical activity, you can enjoy a visit to the typical Madeiran houses.

These colorful triangular-shaped houses with thatched roofs offer a unique glimpse into the traditional architecture and culture of the region. If you’re planning a visit to Santana, here are some of the must-see attractions and activities to make the most of your experience.

It is about the typical houses of Santana and other beautiful places to visit in the area that we are going to talk about in this blog post.

Best Things to Do in Santana

See the Typical Houses of Santana

The typical houses of Santana are triangular-shaped constructions, covered with thatch, which you can visit in the town of Santana, that is, on the north coast of Madeira.

Even there are few typical houses to see we think that the place is worth visiting.

The houses are open for visitors to enter and you can explore a tourist office and a shop with traditional products.

Take a leisurely stroll through Santana’s quaint streets and marvel at the picturesque palheiros.

These traditional houses are adorned with vibrant colors, often featuring intricate designs and floral patterns.

Admire the craftsmanship of the thatched roofs, which are made from locally sourced materials. Some palheiros have been converted into museums, offering an opportunity to step inside and learn more about their history and significance.

In addition, there is a small garden with benches if you want to take a short break.

Visit the Madeira Theme Park

Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of Madeira by visiting the Madeira Theme Park in Santana.

This interactive museum provides a comprehensive insight into the island’s history, traditions, and natural beauty.

Explore exhibits on traditional crafts, agriculture, and local folklore. The park offers an engaging experience for both adults and children, allowing you to delve deeper into the island’s unique heritage.

Enjoy the Santana Nature Reserve

Nature enthusiasts will appreciate the scenic beauty of the Santana Nature Reserve.

Embark on hiking trails that wind through lush forests, offering breathtaking vistas of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

Explore the diverse flora and fauna of the region, and keep an eye out for endemic species found only in Madeira.

The reserve provides a tranquil escape, allowing you to connect with nature and appreciate the island’s pristine landscapes.

Attend Santana Festivities

If your visit aligns with local festivities, be sure to partake in the vibrant cultural events that take place in Santana.

Festivals like the Folklore Festival and the Flower Festival showcase the region’s traditions through music, dance, and colorful displays of flowers.

It’s an excellent opportunity to witness the lively spirit and joyous celebrations that characterize Madeiran culture.

What To Do in Santana Madeira

Santana Madeira.
Santana Madeira Island.

Santana is a great place to go hiking and enjoy nature, so we have some suggestions for activities to do in Santana.

  • Watch the sunrise on Pico Ruivo;
  • Admire the view from the Balcões Viewpoint;
  • Have a picnic in the Parque Florestal das Queimadas;
  • Dive in the Caldeirão Verde lake, or see the magnificent Caldeirão Verde waterfall;
  • Take the cable car down to the Rocha do Navio Nature Reserve;
  • Walk along the Levada do Rei, one of the most famous Levadas in Madeira.

Accommodation in Santana Madeira

We stayed at Quinta da Saraiva, a rural boutique hotel with vine and banana plantations located 40 km from Santana.

In any case, there are several types of accommodation in Madeira, so for alternative places to sleep in the Santana area, see below.

Hotels in Santana Madeira

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