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Make a self catering villa or holiday rental in Santana, Madeira your home away from home

Santana is an attractive village in the hills on the northeast side of the island of Madeira. The small town is well-endowed with amenities for those choosing to stay in Santana holiday cottages or gites. There is a local church, pharmacy, post office, supermarket and several restaurants making it a great base for exploring Madeira.

Things to Do in Santana, Madeira

Visit the Palheiros, which are distinctive triangular-shaped houses with thatched roofs which reach down to the ground. These colourful buildings were traditional homes in this area and were used as stables or for storing grain. Holiday rentals in Santana are very popular for those wanting to enjoy a walking holiday in Madeira. Close by are a number of pleasant trails with stunning mountain scenery. Many walks follow the levadas – small channels built to carry water down the mountains and they are all next to paved service paths. The Levada do Cantinho is one of the most popular in the Santana area. Boat and catamaran trips from Funchal are ideal for dolphin spotting and snorkeling. In the summer whales may also be seen. The area hosts a Folk Festival during July with traditional dance, national costumes, food and music.

Places to Visit Around Santana, Madeira

The Parque Natural da Madeira and the rare Laurissilva Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are close to Santana. The Madeira Theme Park is also just a stone’s throw from your Santana holiday rental home. It offers a voyage of discovery about the island’s history and culture in a park-garden landscape. There is a restored watermill, maze, boating lake and a play area for children. Cabo Girau is a high viewpoint above a steep sheer cliff down to the crashing sea below. It is the second highest sea cliff in the world at around 500m high. The capital city of Funchal has a harbour and waterfront, wine tasting centres and a buzzing flower market.

Weather in Santana, Madeira

Holiday rental homes in the Santana area enjoy hot dry summers with average temperatures reaching around 25°C (77°F) during the day. The area is very pleasant in the winter with temperatures generally above 18°C (65°F) from January to March. There is no frost but more rainfall is likely.

Travel to Santana, Madeira

The nearest airport serving Santana holiday rentals is the Funchal (FNC) Airport which is about 14 km drive away. Due to the mountainous terrain the runway extends out in a curve over the sea, supported on columns and has won many awards for its design. Many budget airlines serve Madeira Airport including easyJet, Jet2, Monarch and Thomson Airways, making it a cheap and easy destination to get to. A hire car is essential for exploring the island and can be picked up from the airport.

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                                                              We spent one week in this nice house with a group of ten friends. The house is really cool, offers exactly what is promised on web pages. It has plenty of space inside and outside. It is fully equipped and all equipment is functioning well. All rooms were really clean. Additionally, the owner gave us some products of his farm. Location is also very attractive, as the base of our car trips is really great (levada Verde, levada Inferno, Santana, San Lorenzo, Pico Ruivo, many other atractive targets are realy close). We really liked it. Definitely we recommended.
                                                              • Review Submitted: 26-May-2016
                                                              • Date of Stay: May 2016

                                                              Well what an amazing surprise! Total value for money

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                                                              We thoroughly enjoyed our 9 night stay at this beautiful little property. Manuel was a perfect host meeting us and showing us the domestic arrangements. The apartment fitted the listing exactly with extras that we had not expected, it was oh so clean and sparkling. The apartment is beautifully furnished and affords the independent traveller every facility. There are many interesting places to visit and for walkers the scenery is just staggering. Porto da Cruz is a beautiful day out as is Canical with the docks and fishing boats and numerous restaurants. Manuel is a mine of information about the area as he was born here, so spend time asking the questions especially about the local restaurants. We would wholeheartedly recommend this apartment and having rented many over the years this is one that receives a huge recommend. Thank you so Manuel for having us.
                                                              • Review Submitted: 17-Jan-2016
                                                              • Date of Stay: Jan 2016

                                                              Lovely Old Cottage in Friendly Porta da Cruz

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                                                              If you're looking for somewhere with character in a really pleasant, relaxed location, then this cottage in Porta da Cruz is perfect. The village itself is a million miles away from the tourist bedlam of Funchal while simultaneously being a short drive from Madeira's capital! It's a great place to kick back and enjoy the genuine Madeiran way of life; our favourite restaurant, the snack bar A Pipa, was a great place to sample Madeiran foods such as scabbard fish and espedata, not to mention the fearsome cocktail Poncha, two of which sorted out the sore throat I had when we arrived. The cottage is lovely, on a hillside down a quiet road, surrounded by peace, tranquility and the odd confused cockerel crowing in the wee hours of the morning. The only negative thing I have to say about the place is that the road up there is rather scary, but if you can find anywhere in Madeira worth visiting that isn't down a terrifying road, you're doing pretty well! It's a perfect, basic cottage rental with everything you'd need for a week of relaxing, including free wi-fi (Which was more reliable than most places in London). Furnishings are basic, the kitchen is well stocked and Sietske and Orelio were incredibly helpful with communications and providing information on the local area. The caretaker was also wonderfully helpful when we arrived and, like everyone else in Madeira, extremely kind and friendly. As a base, Porta da Cruz is great - you can get to Funchal by blasting down the main road, taking the bus or driving down the adrenaline-soaked mountain route, with some stand-out hikes and scenery just a short distance away. When we return to Madeira we wouldn't hesitate to stay here again!
                                                              • Review Submitted: 01-Dec-2015
                                                              • Date of Stay: Nov 2015