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Our most recommended Santana Activities

  • Madeira Peaks: Full-Day Tour by Open 4x4

    1. Madeira Peaks: Full-Day Tour by Open 4x4

    Begin this full-day 4x4 tour with a pick-up at your hotel in Funchal and travel deep into the southeast of Madeira. You’ll come to Machico town and the line that divides the north and south of the island. Take in breathtaking views of the Eagles Rock from Portela. Drive down, stopping in Porto da Cruz, which is the next must-see point. Visit a sugar cane factory, continue to the Faial coastline and then up to see the typical houses of Santana. These small straw-thatched triangular houses are emblematic of Madeira and intricate in their construction. Head down into the valley and through the forest to Riveiro Frio at an elevation of 1818 meters, the third-highest peak on the Island.

    Spencer, the Driver/Guide was knowledgeable and personable. We enjoyed the whole experience because he imparted his knowledge of the flora was impeccable and he made the drive interesting because he explained where we were on the island and what to look out for.

  • Madeira: Half-Day Nun's Valley and Sea Cliff Tour

    2. Madeira: Half-Day Nun's Valley and Sea Cliff Tour

    Explore some of the most remote places of Madeira Island. Not far from Funchal, and hidden in between high mountains and deep valleys, lie remote villages and hamlets such as Jardim da Serra with its splendid view over the Nuns Valley. You can explore another world by joining this Jeep safari tour, complete with panoramic views and interesting places. You will also enjoy sensational encounters with Madeira's fascinating natural heritage. Your route will pass though Funchal, Fajã das Galinhas, Boca da Corrida, Jardim da Serra, Quinta Grande, Cabo Girão, and Câmara de Lobos. At the conclusion of your enjoyable day out, you will return to your point of origin.

    Really good guide, Michael, was very knowledgeable and informative throughout the trip. Wonderful views, beautiful island! Would highly recommend this trip!!

  • Madeira: Private 1.5-Kilometer Levada dos Balcões Hike

    3. Madeira: Private 1.5-Kilometer Levada dos Balcões Hike

    Once having been collected from your Madeira accommodation, drive through the mountains before arriving to Ribeiro Frio. Following a short but grandeur walk through the beautiful Laurisilva Forest, arrive to the fabulous Balcões’ belvedere. From this belvedere it’s possible to contemplate the many peaks of Madeira Island, from which Pico Ruivo and Pico do Areeiro stand the highest. Pico do Gato, Pico das Torres, and the well-known Penhad’Águia also constitute part of this breathtaking scenery. This area is also ideal for bird watching, due to the fact that it is home to a huge variety of different species. These birgs include the firecrest, the chaffinch, grey wagtails, blackbirds, robins, buzzards, and the very rare Madeira's long-toed pigeon.

  • Madeira: Full-Day Catamaran and Jeep Safari Tour

    4. Madeira: Full-Day Catamaran and Jeep Safari Tour

    Madeira Island is not only known for its beautiful landscape but also for its views of the vast Atlantic Ocean and an abundance of unique marine life.  Combine a Jeep safari with a catamaran sailing experience to get the most out of this majestic location. From the Madeiran waters, you’ll see the the places you passed by earlier by car and marvel at how far you've traveled. While onboard the catamaran, keep an eye out for cetacean friends in their natural environment, such as turtles, dolphins, and whales. The tour takes you to a host of breathtaking locations including Câmara de Lobos, Campanário, Lugar da Serra, Trompica, Jardim da Serra, Boca Namorados, Funchal, stopping for a picnic to refuel and refresh along the way.

  • Madeira: Full-Day South Coast Jeep Tour

    5. Madeira: Full-Day South Coast Jeep Tour

    Explore the best of the south of Madeira Island with this Jeep safari tour. You will discover valleys, mountains, plateaus, and the seashore, all of which make this expedition to the sometimes-forgotten southwest side of the island a trip to remember. The diversity of this part of the island is simply amazing. You will visit Ponta do Pargo, the most western point of Madeira, before sitting down to enjoy lunch. Following lunch, you will stroll along the seaside esplanade to discover the hidden fishing villages. You will visit Funchal, Paul da Serra, Ponta do Pargo, Paul do Mar, Jardim do Mar, Calheta, and Ponta do Sol on this scenic experience. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be returned to your point of origin.

  • Madeira Island: Custom Full-Day 4WD Tour

    6. Madeira Island: Custom Full-Day 4WD Tour

    Begin your full-day tour of Madeira Island with pickup from your hotel in a luxurious Range Rover. Your professional driver-guide will be at your service the entire day and is happy to deliver you comfortably and safely to every corner of Madeira, regardless of weather or terrain. Make the most of this fully customizable experience and visit all the places you’ve always wanted to see in Madeira. Take a trip to the stunning natural swimming pools of Porto Moniz or stop over in the picturesque Ponta de São Lorenço on the other side of the island: your wish is your driver’s command.

  • Madeira: Jeep Tour and Levada Walk Combo

    7. Madeira: Jeep Tour and Levada Walk Combo

    Join this Jeep safari expedition and discover the astonishing southeast coast of Madeira. You will visit a famous wicker town as well as some remote areas, such as "Morena". One of the highlights of your tour will be when you engage in some very light and easy hiking throughout your Levada walk. The chronological itinerary for your tour will be Funchal, Camacha, Morena, Santo da Serra, and Machico. Your tour will eventually end at Machico, the area of the island which was first “touched” by the Portuguese for the very first time. This combo expedition is ideal for anyone that wants to discover the southeast coast of Madeira in an easy and short period of time.

  • Madeira: Full-Day Jeep Tour and Levada Walk

    8. Madeira: Full-Day Jeep Tour and Levada Walk

    Get picked up from your accommodation or the cruise port and embark on a true adventure around the enchanted island of Madeira. Hop in a well-maintained Land Rover or jeep and head into the Laurisilva Forest in the center of Madeira. Explore a forest known to be the largest surviving laurel forest in the world with over 90% believed to be primary forest. Then walk in the shoes of a Madeiran farmer as you hike along the levadas that criss-cross the fields of sugar cane and other different crops. Learn about how these unique irrigation channels were developed to suit the island's topography and climate. See how levadas like Ribeiro Frio and Referta serve a dual purpose as scenic byways for those looking to explore the beautiful natural landscapes of Madeira on foot.  Make stops throughout the day at viewpoints and villages, including Funchal, Pico Arieiro, Achada Cedro Gordo, and Ponta d...

  • Madeira: Layers of Madeira Hiking Tour

    9. Madeira: Layers of Madeira Hiking Tour

    Discover the diversity of Madeira island on this hiking tour. Take part in three hikes, each completely different from the last. Your day begins with the ascent to the highest mountain in Madeira, the magnificent Pico Ruivo, where breathtaking panoramic views of the island await you. The next part of this full day excursion takes you through the laurel forest, where you'll discover the native flora and fauna of Madeira. Finally, drive to Rocha do Navio, located on the north coast of the island. Here, you can enjoy the idyllic surroundings during a ride on the cable car and a short, easy hike along the coast.

  • Madeira: Full-Day Enchanting North Jeep Tour

    10. Madeira: Full-Day Enchanting North Jeep Tour

    After being collected from your accommodation, you will begin exploring the awe-inspiring landscapes along the rugged north coast of Madeira. You will discover exotic wilderness, dotted with quaint villages which are dwarfed by towering sea cliffs and surrounded by vineyards and orchards. From São Vicente you will move on to Santana, where you will discover its charismatic thatched-roof houses. Following this, you will advance towards Queimadas Park. You will also visit Funchal, Ponta Delgada, São Jorge, Santana, and Faial throughout your experience, and at the conclusion of your tour you will be returned back to your point of origin.

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What people are saying about Santana

A great day full of sightseeing. Some of the views you see on this trip are quite incredible. Our guide, Hugo was great. He had a wealth of knowledge on all the places we visited as well as the history of Madeira. Very engaging and approachable. The transport was good, too; an open-top 4x4, which was great for the off-roading we were taken on. Overall, great value for money and well recommended.

Picked up on time and the itinerary for the day was great. Ana our guide for the day was amazing! I’ve never met such a hard working person with such knowledge and happiness. Seeing all the beautiful sights of Madeira and having lunch was amazing. Highly recommend this tour, ask for Ana the guide she is amazing!

Spencer, the Driver/Guide was knowledgeable and personable. We enjoyed the whole experience because he imparted his knowledge of the flora was impeccable and he made the drive interesting because he explained where we were on the island and what to look out for.

Really good guide, Michael, was very knowledgeable and informative throughout the trip. Wonderful views, beautiful island! Would highly recommend this trip!!

Variety-rich jeep tour with friendly tour guide Spencer definitely to be recommended ☺️