The municipality of Santana, located on North side of Madeira Island, has an area of 96 km2 and is composed of six villages: São Roque do Faial, Faial, Santana, island, São Jorge and Arco de São Jorge. Like most of the island, the land of Santana were discovered in the 15th century, although they have been colonised later than South by appear not be as fertile. The parish of Santana was created in June 1552, having been elevated to the category of town and county seat in 1835, and his name has its origin in the town's patron saint, Santa Ana. It was the first village in Madeira to be elevated to a city in the 21st century, the July 6, 2000. Has a maritime influence climate and, despite being a little more strict in relation to other parts of the island, the average temperature in summer is around 24° C and in winter the 17th C. For many years, the municipality of Santana kept little communication with the most populated part of the island, which resulted in ethnographic and cultural characteristics only. If that is the way of life linked to agricultural activities and the peculiar triangular facade houses and thatched roof, one of the ex-libris of the municipality, which once proliferated all over the island. Other major tourist potential of Santana are the Laurissilva forest, which covers about one-third of the area of the municipality, Pico Ruivo, the third highest mountain of Portugal with 1861 m altitude, the cable car and the Natural Reserve of Rocha do Navio. The cuisine is equally characteristic, often based on corn and the sun-dried wheat. examples are corn soup dishes like poached, "potatoes" with corn, beans and pork or wheat soup, without forgetting the sweet honey cake for dessert. In the crafts, basketry, wicker and embroidered regional costumes, tapestry, weaving and corn husk dolls.
What to do in Santana
Teleférico da Rocha do Navio
Built in 1997 with the aim of facilitating the access of farmers to their banana plantations and vineyards, soon took over as a tourist attraction. Is the privileged access to Fajã da Rocha do Navio and the nature reserve of Rocha do Navio, providing stunning views.
Miradouro do Pico do Areeiro
This is the second highest peak of the island, 1818 high. It offers a magnificent view and, if the weather is good, you may see the neighbour island of Porto Santo.
Roseiral da Quinta do Arco
A large garden that has one of the biggest rose collections in Portugal,with around one thousand different species, including some rare species and some nearly extict.
Quinta do Furão
Restaurant at Hotel Quinta do Furão, rustic and friendly. It has a welcoming atmosphere, with two picturesque fireplaces. Outside there’s a terrace where you may enjoy the beauty of the surrounding scenery. It offers a mix of international and regional …
Pestana Quinta do Arco Nature & Rose Garden Resort
A farm built at the beginning of the 20th century and later recovered during the 1990s. It has 18 houses, decorated with a mix of modern and classic styles.
Quinta do Furão
A large space with a magnificent view of the north coast and of the Rocha do Navio islet. A biological farm, without chemical products, where the guests are invited to take part in the vintage and wine tasting. It has …
Parque Florestal Pico das Pedras
In this park you may observe the fauna and flora of the Madeiran forest, the Laurissilva forest. It offers a picnic area, a car-park and the Casa Abrigo das Queimadas.
Praia de São Jorge
A small stony beach with a turbulent sea, thus only advised for surfers.Nevertheless, there is a complex with three swimming pools and a restaurant.
Casas Típicas de Santana
These houses have a triangular shape and are covered with thatched roofs. Popularly known as houses of Santana. Originally, these houses were composed of an attic, where they stored agricultural products, and by a ground floor, generally housing area, which …
Fortim do Faial
A belvedere built at the beginning of the 20th century that recreates a military battery, with a semi-circular plan. It has a backup house where the exhibitions room of the Junta de Freguesia of São Roque do Faial is located.
Reserva Natural do Sítio da Rocha do Navio
Integral natural reserve of the Natural Park of Madeira, with a total area of 1710 hectares and a total length of 6259 meters. Is exclusively marine, which also covers the seabed until 100 meters and the islanders from the rock …
Moinho de Água de São Jorge
A mill more than three hundred years old, that still grinds wheat and corn. It is the last water mill in Madeira.
Museu do Vinho e da Vinha da Madeira
A museum located in an old recovered wine cellar where viticulture relics donated by the population are exhibited. One can view the wines, the cellars and instruments used throughout the decades in the wine production. One can also taste and …
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Where to eat in Santana
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Madeiran manor with a rustic and large room, offering a lovely view. It has a vast regional menu at…
A restaurant that belongs to the Hotel Curtado.A pleasant space that serves regional dishes. It has…
A rustic and friendly space that serves national and regional dishes.
A very pleasant large space that serves national and regional dishes.
A simple and familiar space, located on a villa's ground floor, that serves national and regional d…
A rustic and welcoming space that serves fine traditional Portuguese dishes. It has also a small, f…
Italian, Mediterranean, Regional
A simple and modern space that serves pizzas and other fast food dishes. It has a pleasant covered …
International, Italian, Portuguese, Regional
Large space with a simple décor, where good regional dishes are served up at affordable prices.
International, Portuguese, Regional
Where to sleep in Santana
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