Holidays to Santana transport you to a world of natural wonder and slow-lane living on Portugal's far-flung volcanic island.

Slow and scenic

Sitting on Madeira's rugged northern coast, the little village of Santana's in a world of its own. Think quirky A-frame houses, unspoiled coastal beauty and serene rural vibes. It's the perfect spot for getting back to nature, with hiking trails and forest walks aplenty – though fun-loving Funchal's within easy reach.

Walk on the wild side

With steep sea cliffs on one side and dramatic mountains on the other, Santana certainly packs a picture-perfect punch. It's also part of a UNESCO-protected biosphere, rich with waterfall cascades and brightly coloured flowers. So, whether you explore by foot or guided 4x4, be sure to bring your camera.

Look lively

Madeira's capital, Funchal, is a 45-minute drive away and full of boutique shops, cocktail bars, cultural sights and a swish yacht-filled marina. There's also a stony stretch of beach nearby if you fancy an invigorating dip – just watch for the waves as the sea can get rough.

At a Glance

  • Visit the island's 16th-century farmhouses
  • Discover the natural beauty of a UNESCO-protected biosphere
  • Watch the sun go down from a marina bar in Funchal