Santana is located north of Funchal on the island of Madeira. A hillside village, Santana rises high above the sparkling seas, its lush, green landscape including the Unesco-listed Laurissilva Forest.
One of the most attractive features of Santana are its distinctive palheiros cottages, triangular in shape with thatched roofs that reach down to the ground, white-washed walls, and brightly painted doors and windows. In times past, agriculture and craftwork were the dominant industries, now tourism is of great importance.
Most travellers booking flights to Santana come to experience the traditional Madeiran way of life. Santana holds a Folklore Festival each August. The theme park is one of Madeira’s most popular attractions. A huge space – 145,000 square metres – it tells through multimedia exhibits the story of Madeira. It also has gardens with local Madeiran flora and footpaths and sculptures.
Santana is also a great base for a walking holiday. There are a number of rambles and Levada walks stemming from the village.
The local cuisine is simple and hearty. Espada (scabbard fish) or lapas (limpets) and bread soup are specialities.
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