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Santana Madeira is a beautiful little town on Madeira’s North Coast, and it remains a must-see on your Madeira trip. Locals and visitors know the town for its small, thatched triangle houses that are an emblem of Santana. It is these little houses that have served locals for hundreds of years as dwellings and stables. 

There are so many epic things to see, including unique viewpoints, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and museums. In this article, we will look at the top ten things to do in Santana Madeira.

Here are our Top 10 reasons to visit Santana Madeira:

Madeira Theme Park

Madeira Theme Park

The Madeira Theme Park is in the heart of Santana, and it is one of Maderia’s most popular attractions. It is a fantastic introduction to Madeira’s history, the Archipelago of Madeira Tradition, and the island’s science. Furthermore, the theme park offers ample space, with the park spanning over 7 hectares.

You’ll see an array of educational and scientific content in the theme park. There is an enclosure with 154,000 square meters, which the theme park has designed to captivate tourists. Also, if you have a family, you’ll enjoy the children’s area, restaurant, and bar. 

Rocho do Navio Cable Car

Rocho do Navio Cable Car

Would you like to see incredible views of Santana Madeira? If so, you’ll love the Rocho do Navio Cable Car because it offers the best views of Santana. The cable car offers panoramic views of the sea, coastline, and local farms.

Also, farmers regularly use the cable car to get to their farmlands – which was the original purpose behind the cable car’s construction. The cable car enables visitors to explore the Rocho do Navio Nature Reserve, an excellent adventure. Additionally, the name Roca do Navio comes from a Dutch shipwreck that crashed in the area during the 19th century. 

The traditional Santana houses

The traditional Santana houses

The traditional Santana houses are a staple of the town, and you can find some of the most authentic houses at the Centre for Traditional Santana houses. Madeirans don’t tend to live in these houses anymore, but there are still a few ones available.

These houses are significant because locals built them with straw from the local cereal plantation. After all, it was a cheap way to insulate the houses. Furthermore, you’ll see the attic, kitchen, and where the locals kept their agricultural products. It is an excellent way to experience the heritage of Santana Madeira Portugal. 

Guindaste Viewpoint

Guindaste Viewpoint

One of Santana’s best viewpoints is the Guindaste Viewpoint. You’ll witness outstanding views of the Atlantic Ocean crashing into the Madeira coastline. Plus, you can see views from Faial to Ponta de São Lourenço.

Furthermore, the viewpoint is in an outlet of Ribeira do Faial delta, which is a notable delta for the incredible views. Also, you can see the Porto Santo island on a sunny day from the viewpoint.

Levada do Caldeirão Verde

Levada do Caldeirão Verde

Madeira’s North Coast is home to some of the most stunning hiking in Europe. The Levada do Caldeirão Verde offers exactly that. You will start the hike at the Queimadas Forestry Park. You will encounter steep slopes along the way, but the challenging hike will take you through some superb nature.

Also, you’ll see an array of indigenous avifauna, such as Fringilla coelebs, the Madeira long-toed pigeon, the grey wagtail, and the buzzard. Eventually, you’ll come to the Caldeirão Verde Lake, a lake formed by water falling from the Caldeirão Verde stream bed. It is a spectacular waterfall and a must-see in Santana Madeira. 

Queimadas Forest Park

Queimadas Forest Park

The Queimadas Forest Park offers the ultimate opportunity to witness the UNESCO World Heritage Site Laurissilva Forest. You can enjoy the views of the forest from a shelter that looks like a traditional Santana house.

Furthermore, there are so many excellent hiking trails to complete that lead straight past the streams and paths that lead to different parts of Madeira. A popular hike is the Levada do Caldeirão Verde, which is accessible via this park.

São Jorge Ruins

São Jorge Ruins

The São Jorge Ruins are a prime example of Santana's history. These ruins belong to an old sugarcane mill built in the early settlement days. Historians estimate the ruins date back to 1515.

Moreover, the entrance of the portico is a critical element of Madeira's history. The entrance became a Monument of Municipal interest in 2003. Also, the ruins are easily accessible via car.

Faial Old Bridge

Faial Old Bridge

Historians consider the Faial Old Bridge to have been the longest bridge on Madeira. But, due to a massive storm in 1984, the weather destroyed four out of seven arches. Only the main structure remains today.

Locals built the bridge in 1904 aiming to unite the two parish banks separated by Ribeira do Faial. Today, the bridge's old structure is a landmark and parish.

Vine and Wine Museum

Vine and Wine Museum

Is there anything better than trying some of Portugal's world-famous and loved wines? Vine and Wine Museum is at the Experimental Viticulture Station in Santana. The museum offers an insight into the creation of wine, and there is an experimental ground.

Besides, you'll have a tour guide to educate you on the history of Madeira's wine. The guide will also educate you on the wine-making procedure. Also, you'll enjoy the "sweets and traditions" shop at the end of the museum tour.

Vereda dos Balcoes

Vereda dos Balcões

The Vereda dos Balcoes is a must-see attraction in Santana Madeira. The trail starts at the regional highway E.R. 103 and follows the Serra do Faial, where you'll get views of the Balcões Belvedere. From here, you'll get incredible views of the valley of Ribeira da Metade.

The hike will take you to various viewpoints. You'll be able to see the Central Mountain Chain of the island on a clear day from various points. Also, if you’re lucky, you’ll spot the firecrest bird – the smallest bird in the Madeira forest.