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“Tourist attraction worth a visit on a nice day to make the most of it.”
Review of Santana

Santana
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Reviewed April 28, 2013

The town itself is pretty average and the houses are set up for tourists where you can buy souvenirs. If they were to be set up as traditional houses it may have been more interesting. There was a small farmers market where we did buy some nice sweet potato bread, but it was too wet and windy to go and find out more about what goes on here.......go on a nice day and you can tell me what I missed!!!

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Reviewed April 17, 2013

we got the bus from Funchal to santana, which was easy to do. We went on a wednesday and walked from the bus stop to the cable car that goes down to the farmers fields by the sea. I thuink this may only run on wednesdays. At the bottom of the cable car there is a walk along the pebble/rock beach, watch out for the massive waves...not sure you could do it at high tide, they really crash on the rocks and stones. Then you can walk to a little, one room, unintelligable, 'Biocentre'...next to this they have a small cafe which sells coffee and home made cider and other drinks, which you can drink in the garden there. You can do a bit more walking. looking at homes and fields, but after the very delicious cider we went back up in the cable car, which we shared with a farmer. It cost seven euros return. On the walk back up to the bus stop and centre we saw women working on their fields, some traditional houses, and went in a supermarket that had an absurd amount of salted cod to choose from! Prices here seemed to be less than Funchal. We saw a bit of the more touristy side of Sanatana, including some houses restored as tourist shops, which we found a bit tacky, but we missed the outdoor museum/theme park thing because we spent so long on the beach and walking. We felt Santana was a nice place, peaceful, and friendly. Especially if you go to look around rather than diving into the touristy elements. And as with all bus rides in Madiera the bus ride was excellent and interesting. If you wanted to you could walk down the cliff to the sea, there's a couple of awesome waterfalls you can see from a distance whichever way you go down, but we much preferred the cable car. The rocky beach and walk are totally unsuitable for buggies, and you do need to be steady on your feet.

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Reviewed April 11, 2013

Those who visit Madeira surely want to see this nice and picturesque houses. Nowadays there are only a few and just for the tourists.

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Reviewed February 13, 2013

Boring, boring, boring. Nothing to see or do. Houses are neat, but not worth the trip. There's a cable car if you're into that type of deal, but it's a 20 minute walk from bus dropoff.

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Reviewed February 4, 2013

Be aware of the photographer, they come up to You and put a hat and other clothesitems on You, and they take a picture for 10 €.
There is few parkingspaces avilable, and You have to take the first one You see. Only 3 Palheiros were open to the public, and there is a Information and 2 other souvenirshops open and is the only thing to see in town.
It is not something you should drive all the way to Santana to see, but id you are in the area, it's fun to take a look.

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