"Santana - Laurissilva forest born here" Santana by salinhopt

Santana Travel Guide: 31 reviews and 69 photos

Characterised by its little thatched triangular houses, Santana is a beautiful village on the north coast. These small houses built of natural stone, thatched with straw and brightly painted have served the locals for centuries as stables and dwellings.
This region lives essentially from agriculture, craftwork and tradition. The mountainous landscapes are dominated by the lush green that characterises the Laurissilva Forest. Some of its landscapes are actually classified as world heritage, what is surely a contribution for the maintenance of its beauty.
With so many attractions to see, it is normal that most tourists have a circle on their maps around Santana as an obligatory place to visit.

Each July a large festival of traditional song and dance is held in the village and draws large crowds of locals and tourists alike.
Only a short distance from Santana is Queimadas, the starting point for one of Madeira's most spectacular Levada walks towards 'Calderão Verde' (the Green Cauldron).

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  • Pros:The climate, the people, the green, the food...
  • In a nutshell:Nature at it's best!
  • Last visit to Santana: Aug 2003
  • Intro Written Sep 10, 2003
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  • gryffindorgrrrl's Profile Photo
    Nov 24, 2007 at 12:03 PM

    This place is breath-taking =) Thanks for sharing them. Many more happy travels!

  • Claudi's Profile Photo
    Sep 24, 2007 at 9:47 AM

    Beautiful pages! I have been to Madeira briefly but I´d like to see more one day! Greetings from Austria! Claudi

  • Avieira67's Profile Photo
    Aug 4, 2006 at 4:13 PM

    Olá! Muitos parabéns pelas bonitas fotografias do arquipélago irmão!

  • MM212's Profile Photo
    May 4, 2006 at 1:07 PM

    fatastic pics of Madeira Islands!

  • Skripa's Profile Photo
    May 22, 2005 at 3:12 AM

    Nice houses and just beautiful pics and views!!!! ;-)

  • sylvie-uk's Profile Photo
    Mar 6, 2005 at 11:28 AM

    nice place. funny houses. great blue water that makes you want to take a dive

  • andrea.d's Profile Photo
    May 26, 2004 at 10:27 AM

    Beautiful page! The views are really amazing! And the triangular houses are so cute! :)

  • tini58de's Profile Photo
    Mar 15, 2004 at 12:05 PM

    We have been thinking about visiting your island for a long time - this page really is inviting!!!

  • eden_teuling's Profile Photo
    Feb 21, 2004 at 3:22 AM

    such a delight again, this page, Goncalo! brightly painted houses, a cablecar that offers a magnificent view and the forest park! HAVE to visit one day! Thanks a lot. bes-elisabeth

  • sim1's Profile Photo
    Feb 20, 2004 at 12:33 PM

    All your Madeira pages are just awesome! The landscape keeps amazing me with every page of yours that I read! Those triangular houses are so cute and picturesque!


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