Santana: Magical East Coast Full-Day Tour

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Duration: 8h 30m
Location: Madeira, Portugal | Madeira, Portugal

Category: Day Trips & Excursio

Santana’s traditional triangular-shaped thatched cottages
A slice of local culture, gastronomy & stunning landscapes
Unbeatable panoramic views & unique volcanic rock formations
Tales of pirate attacks, European explorers & humble farmers
Camacha’s wickerwork factories & cultural heritage

Guided tour of eastern Madeira
Roundtrip transportation to and from your Machico, Santa Cruz, Funchal, or Caniço hotel


Delve into the traditional and cultural side of the island. Learn about wickerwork factories, enjoy a bird's-eye view atop one of Madeira’s highest peaks, admire curious triangle-shaped cottages, and wander through cobbled streets before treating your taste buds to an authentic local lunch.

Considered Madeira’s cultural capital and known as “the village of basket-makers,” Camacha’s charm resides in its wickerwork factories, where baskets of all sizes, hats, ornaments, and wine holders are manufactured. A scenic drive takes you to one of the highest peaks on the island, Pico Ariero, which rises 5,965 feet (1,818 m) up into the sky and offers you plenty of opportunities to snap the perfect picture.

Your next stop is the charming Ribeiro Frio (Cold River). Follow your guide on a leisurely hike along the levada (aqueduct) to the Balcões. Soak up the evergreen-forest landscape that surrounds you and listen as your guide explains the purpose of the levada's construction. The charming village of Santana is your next stop. Its characteristic triangle-shaped cottages have served the locals for centuries as stables and dwellings.

After a traditional lunch, your tour moves toward Machico—a historic town full of stories of pirates and the first Portuguese explorers. Stroll the tranquil streets before heading back to your hotel.

Cancellation Policy: 4 days
Know before you book: Children 5 and younger are complimentary when accompanied by a paying adult., You must be able to climb and descend stairs and to walk on unpaved or uneven terrain.

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