Day trip

Madeira: Santana Traditional Houses Private Half-Day Tour

Madeira: Santana Traditional Houses Private Half-Day Tour

From US$ 67.91 per person

Experience how the Madeiran people used to live in houses up to 240 years old.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, German
Pickup optional
Your hotel in Calheta, Ponta do Sol, Ribeira Brava.
Private group


  • Discover local history and experience how the Madeiran people used to live
  • Visit old historical houses
  • Explore the Ethnographic Museum
Full description
Thatched houses are remnants of primitive buildings made of wood and thatch. The use of these materials, especially wood, was due to their abundance and, at the time, how easy to purchase and affordable they were. The cultivation of cereals, such as wheat and rye, allowed the use of straw (thatch) to cover the housing. These ingredients were also used in flour to sustain the local population.   Visit some of the local houses and discover their history. Experience how the Madeiran people used to live in houses up to 240 years old.  Visit the Ethnographic Museum of the typical houses of Madeira in Queimadas park and have a look at the ancient forest, the Laurissilva. Take home a typical house souvenir so you can remember this amazing day.
  • Driver/local guide
  • Hotel/apartment pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Free Wi-Fi onboard
  • A typical house souvenir
  • Visit of traditional houses of the island
  • Visit to Ethnographic Museum
  • Visit of the Queimadas Natural Park with Laurissilva Forest
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

At Funchal Cruise Ship Port, Gare Marítima do Porto do Funchal, 9004-518 Funchal, Portugal. Your guides will pick you up outside on the pier next to your cruise ship.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • This tour operates rain or shine except in the case of extreme weather events
  • Make sure to contact local provider to agree on the pickup time
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Product ID: 340041