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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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                                                                                              Fantastic views

                                                                                              5 of 5
                                                                                              A car is a must here - we used the villa as a base for exploring the island, and also because it is near the two golf courses. The villa is modern and well prepared - spotless when we arrived. Everything is as the advert claims and the photos are accurate. What is truly memorable are the views from this elevation - they draw you outside all the time, and the conditions were always clear, so you can see right out to the headland at the eastern end of the island, as well as the Desertas Islands straight ahead.
                                                                                              • Review Submitted: 25-Sep-2016
                                                                                              • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                              The property was perfect in every way - spacious and very well equipped to cater for all our needs.

                                                                                              5 of 5
                                                                                              We had a fantastic golfing holiday which was made all the more special due to the kindness and warmth of Jose and Marta, the owners. The villa was so fantastic we only went out one night because everything we needed was at our temporary home and the views we too gorgeous to miss - the photos could never do them justice. The bed was great quality so we slept well and the kitchen and utility room had everything we needed for our stay. It made a big difference that Marta provided some essentials to eat and drink as our flight was quite late in the evening. Also Jose took us straight to the big supermarket to buy essentials and not-so-essentials (wine!) I'm very glad we hired a car as it would have been quite a climb up the hill on foot. The undercover parking ensured the car was in shade so cool when not in use. The villa was beautifully clean and tidy without being clinical - a perfect balance of homeliness without the feel of being in someone else's home. We can't wait to return next year and would not stay anywhere else now that we've experienced the best. Some may see the lack of eating places within walking distance an issue but we loved the tranquility. Thanks to Jose, Marta and of course the beautiful Luzia
                                                                                              • Review Submitted: 22-Sep-2016
                                                                                              • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

                                                                                              Nice house with swimming pool very suitable for a family stay

                                                                                              4 of 5
                                                                                              Spacious house, very suitable for a stay with kids. The swimming pool is great. With a nice view and relatively close by car to calheta beach. Reception by a local friendly agency, which brought us to the house . We recommend this house if you want to stay near Calheta on a good location.
                                                                                              • Review Submitted: 17-Aug-2016
                                                                                              • Date of Stay: Aug 2016