Nature in Santana
A paradise in miniature, Santana is presented purely natural, beautiful and unique, through its gardens, parks and mainly for its reserve, and observed in the sights and felt in their most natural state.
Natural Reserve of Rocha do Navio – established in 1997, this along a strip of sea that is home to the Mediterranean monk seal (Monachus monachus), also known as Lobo Marinho and has a set of islets with endemic plants and Macaronesian, but rare in space insular. This is an area of 1710 hectares, integrating Natura 2000. Its access is is through the Ship Rock Viewpoint, by a steep path in the rock or by cable car.
Ship Rock Viewpoint – offers a view of the sea, the islet of the Widow and on the surrounding region, and gives access to the Reserve Ship Rock Natural Site, or the steep path in the rock or by cable car. Its name came from the Dutch shipwreck in the nineteenth century.
Gazebo Red Peak – is at the highest point of Madeira, to 1816 meters above sea level, this is the third highest point in Portugal. In the days of clear sky, catch a glimpse of Curral das Freiras in Câmara de Lobos municipality, the found of Santana and the deep valley of Ribeira Grande and Sao Jorge, and also on the Ponta de São Lourenço, the Paul da Serra , Porto Santo and the group of uninhabited islands. This is open Monday to Sunday from 07h00 to 19h00 in winter and summer closes 21h00.
The Balcões – provides a view over the valley of the Ribeira da half, along with the Central Mountains of the island of Madeira. This viewpoint is at the end of the Vereda of branches and their trail begins at Ribeiro Frio, following the Levada da Serra do Faial.
Peak viewpoint – allows a view of the mountains surrounding the village of the island, and also on Santana and São Jorge.
Viewpoint crane – with a view of the Atlantic, which demarcates the northern coast of the island, from the Azores to Ponta de São Lourenço, and day of great visibility, the island of Porto Santo appears in the background.
Viewpoint of Cabanas – offers a panoramic view of the Arch of St. George and the Atlantic Ocean and on a clear day sees the island of Porto Santo.
Gazebo Cableway – with a picnic area, which offers a view of the sea, Calhau de São Jorge and ruins, its name came from a cable that it existed, it was widely used in transportation by farmers and fishermen goods.
Peak Gazebo Areeiro – about 1818 meters above sea level, this provides a view of the central massif of Madeira and this is beginning one of the great walking paths, towards the highest point of the archipelago of Madeira, Red peak.
Viewpoint of Eiras – is close to the Queen’s Peak, this viewpoint is located on the island site, whose name came from the “island placed inside another island” as it is surrounded by water from streams and not by sea and is inserted in the area of laurel forest, a UNESCO world heritage site.
Face Cabeço Gazebo – offers a view of Saint George Island and Santana, accompanied by a set of tables and benches that allow you to perform a picnic.
Rose Garden of Quinta do Arco – contains one of the largest collections of rosebushes in Portugal and can be observed over a thousand species both rare and endangered, from ancient to contemporary rose bushes, creepers of non creepers. This collection is ranked the award the “Garden of Excellence” by the “World Federation of Rose Societies.” It is open from April to December from 10.00 to 18.00, closing from January to March.
Ribeiro Frio Forest Park – allows the observation of laurel forest flora during a walk to the station Aquaculture Ribeiro Frio, aimed at the production of trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss Walbaum) to repopulate the water lines of Madeira. This park is presented with an endemic flora and vegetation and a very characteristic fauna of Madeira. This is inserted in the Leaky Levada trail, which begins in Ribeiro Frio to Portela.
Forest Park Queimadas – with a picnic area, which is surrounded by the flora of the Laurissilva Forest, this presents the shelter of Queimadas a typical house of Santana, with a thatched roof. This park is inserted in Levada railings of the Green Cauldron, which starts in Queimadas, through the Green Cauldron and ending at Hell’s Cauldron, and Vereda that allows access Pico das Pedras.
Forest Park The Pico das Pedras – is surrounded by the Laurissilva forest with different species of endemic flora and fauna, this offers a nice place for a picnic and a walk among nature. In this there is also an access path that goes to the Red Peak.