Santana
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  • 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.

  • Northeast Madeira 4X4 Tour from Funchal

    2. Northeast Madeira 4X4 Tour from Funchal

    Head out from Funchal on a full-day tour of Madeira’s north-east. Leaving the town behind, stop in São Vicente, and take in amazing 360-degree views. Marvel at the contrast of colors from the vineyards. Enjoy a drive along serpentine roads and through forests. Discover the unique scenery of the area from an open-top 4X4 vehicle. Before lunch, visit a water mill and see the traditional thatched houses of Santana. Stop to enjoy lunch in idyllic surroundings, and later visit a sugar cane and rum factory, where you can taste the local rum. Finish your tour in Caniçal, where you’ll have spectacular views of Ponta São Lourenço – the eastern part of the island.

    It was an amazing trip, especially off road, in the nature, with open roof. We could stand up and look around. Beautiful views. We had very professional and nice guide Hugo, he was an excellent driver as well. Thanks for a great day!!!!

  • Madeira: Private Half-Day Guided Gardens Tour

    3. Madeira: Private Half-Day Guided Gardens Tour

    Embark on a half-day tour dedicated to the Madeira's gardens, one of the island's greatest treasures. Visit the Monte Palace Tropical Garden and be impressed by its beauty and diverse culture. See traces of Portugal's history since the reign of its first king, D. Afonso Henriques. Wander through the Monte Palace, which occupies an area of 70.000 square meters and houses an exotic collection of plants from different regions in the world. Watch swans and ducks floating on the lake as well as peacocks and chickens walking freely in the main areas of the property. Visit the museum inside the palace that houses a unique collection of minerals and gems.  The tour ends in the Botanical Garden, founded in 1960 by a Madeiran Botanist. Find more than 2500 species of plants from different parts in the world, all brought together in the “Garden of the Atlantic.”

    We enjoyed our trip to the botanical gardens and Monte Palace gardens. So glad we chose a private tour as our guide was very informative.

  • Madeira: Private Guided Half-Day Tour of Northwest Madeira

    4. Madeira: Private Guided Half-Day Tour of Northwest Madeira

    Start the day with a convenient pickup from your accommodation or the cruise port of Funchal and depart with your private guide to the first stop of tour at São Vicente, where you'll see a beautiful sight over the valley. Continue along the north coast as you go to Chão da Ribeira, another beautiful spot where you can appreciate more of the valley within the Laurisilva of Madeira, the largest surviving area of laurel forest on the island. Advancing toward the north end of the region, you’ll reach the viewpoint of Ribeira da Janela where you can appreciate the contrast betweens the mountains with the sea. Finally, visit Achadas da Cruz, a place that marks the transition between the north coast and the south of the island. If you wish, you can ride the cable car and visit one of the most beautiful and quiet places on the island constructed from landslides and lava flows.

  • Madeira: Levada Calheta to Prazeres Private Walking Tour

    5. Madeira: Levada Calheta to Prazeres Private Walking Tour

    Stroll across the paths of Levada Calheta and Prazeres and discover a variety of plant species. Take in amazing views of the surrounding landscape along the way. Begin in Calheta with a stroll along Regional Road 211 and towards Prazeres village, following a vibrant path. Discover several species of flora, such as acacias, eucalyptus, pine, and wildflowers. Stop to look around and let yourself be dazzled by the beautiful landscapes that arise along the way. Explore a little more of the natural beauty of this region, including the human presence that gives it life. Find various dirt roads that cross the route of the Levada and continue your way following the channel of water until you arrive at the Levadeiro house. Take a moment to pause and enjoy the beautiful nature as your tour comes to a close.

  • Madeira: Private Half-Day North East Island Tour

    6. Madeira: Private Half-Day North East Island Tour

    Following a pickup from your accommodation in either Funchal, Canico, Machico or Santa Cruz, head to the first stop of the day, Faial. From this local viewpoint, marvel at the majestic landscape of the valley with its green hills and blue oceans. You will also see the rock of Penha de Águia. Continue the tour rising 900 meters above sea level to visit Das Queimadas Park in Santana, home of the island’s famous thatched houses that have existed here for many years, having become synonymous with Madeira. You will then head further north along the old roads and admire the breathtaking scenic views along the way as you travel through Vigia and Cabanas.

  • Madeira: Private Levada da Silveira Walk

    7. Madeira: Private Levada da Silveira Walk

    Enjoy a private half-day hiking trip to discover the Levada da Silveira, one of the oldest levadas in the country. Admire the diverse flora during this magnificent walk, along one of Madeira’s least visited waterways. Get picked up from your accommodation and drive to the trailhead to start your tour. Follow the route of the levada, enjoying the open spaces and fantastic views. Walk through the municipalities of Santana, São Jorge, and Ilha, passing through a tunnel along the way. The walk ends in Ribeira dos Arcos, where you’ll stop for a break and to swim in a small lagoon, before returning along the same path.

  • Madeira: Santana Traditional Houses Private Half-Day Tour

    8. Madeira: Santana Traditional Houses Private Half-Day Tour

    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.

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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.

It was a nice tour. We had Steven as our guide. He told us a lot about the island, its inhabitants and the landscape in perfect German. Perfect day!

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