Santana is the village where António was born.

The trip from Funchal to Santana takes you across the island through beautiful valleys and mountains. We decided not to use the new highway system. Instead we used the old winding road through the valleys and peaks trying to imagine what would be like 120 years ago when the roads were nothing but "goat tracks".

Santana lays on the other side of the mountains in the background. There is an old joke that explains the reason why the old Madeirenses were short, stocky and with bow legs: because they had to carry heavy loads up and down the mountains.

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