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 Guided Half-Day Tour of Northwest Madeira

    3. 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: Santana Traditional Houses Private Half-Day Tour

    4. 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 ☺️