Sunday, June 6, 2010

Typical house of Santana, northern Madeira Island, Portugal

20070602-vs-3330, originally uploaded by Made in Madeira.

Santana is a city located in the northern part of the Madeira Islands, Portugal. It is located north of Funchal, northwest of the Machico, east of São Vicente and northeast of Câmara de Lobos.
The main sources of industry are agriculture and tourism, and a small number of businesses are in the downtown area. A large theme park is also located in the center of town, which includes some exhibits about the island and its culture. The Madeira Theme Park is an ample space on 7 acres (28,000 m2) of land, where visitors of all ages can embark on a voyage of discovery throughout Madeira and Porto Santo. Visitors can learn about the island's history, familiarize themselves with the local traditions and culture, vibrate with the exceptional beauty of the landscapes, explore an immense park-garden and feel the unique force of nature.
Santana is famous for its traditional homes with bungalow rooftops that are made out of straw that extend down to the ground, making them triangular in shape. They are mainly rural houses, used by farmers in the past. These houses have white walls with red doors and windows and blue trim. Most of these houses are tourist attractions. The straw roofs are renovated every four to five years.
These strawroofed houses are disappearing, replaced by those made of concrete according to current tastes.
The roof covers the house to the ground in order to protect it from the strong cold winds of the Northern Atlantic.
Flowers in small garden patches in front of each house add even more colour to the scenery.
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