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Make a holiday rental home or villa in Santa Cruz, Portugal your home away from home

Santa Cruz is a town in the municipality of the same name, which lies on the eastern part of the island of Madeira, Portugal. Mountainous scenery, local markets, friendly restaurants and a high standard of living have made Santa Cruz town one of Madeira’s best kept secrets. This seaside town has a range of villas and apartments that offer great value holiday accommodation for both couples and families.

Things to do in Santa Cruz, Portugal

Santa Cruz is a relatively quiet seaside resort, which offers a welcome relief from the busier resort of Funchal. The pedestrianised waterfront is a popular area for relaxing and reading, and is just a short walk into the town centre, which has an array of shops, cafes and restaurants.

Investment has been made into Santa Cruz in recent years, including the development of a 1,000 capacity water park, which consists of several fast rides, a lazy river, two swimming pools and a bar – where you can enjoy a glass of Portuguese wine once you have worn yourself out for the day.

Golf is a popular pastime in Santa Cruz, and the course at nearby Santo de Serra is the location of the Madeira Open. The 27-hole course is set amongst the mountains, and offers breathtaking views. Playing a round at the course should be the number one thing to do whilst on holiday in the area.

When it comes to beaches, there are plenty to choose from in the region. Praia das Palmeiras is located in the centre of Santa Cruz, and consists of a pebble beach and a pool area. The water quality is excellent and sports activities are available. Praia de sao Fernando is another pebble beach located nearby, and Praia de Machico is a newly-enhanced sandy beach which is also home to a selection of bars and restaurants.

Places to visit on holiday in Santa Cruz, Portugal

Santa Cruz town is excellently located, and offers quick access to many other parts of the island. Funchal is the chief city of the island, and a busy tourist location in the summer, with its busy port and bustling nightlife. Funchal lies just 5km from Santa Cruz town, whilst you can drive all the way to the other side of the island in well under an hour.

Weather in Santa Cruz, Portugal

Madeira Island has a mountainous landscape, and a geographical location that results in warm summers, which peak at between 25C and 30C most days. This makes a holiday rental between July and September the choice of many holidaymakers. Rainfall is higher in the winter months, but temperatures only drop a few degrees.

Flights to Santa Cruz, Portugal

Madeira International Airport (FNC) is the destination to fly to from the UK, and is located just 5km from Santa Cruz town. Flights are available through various operators, including budget operators easyJet, who fly from Gatwick and Stansted.

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                                                                                                    Recent Reviews

                                                                                                    Best we have ever stayed in

                                                                                                    5 of 5
                                                                                                    We stayed here in January 2017 and can highly recommend it to anyone wanting a relaxed and quiet holiday in high quality accommodation set in a beautiful location. The villa is everything we hoped for and all the fixtures and fittings are first class. We loved the view from the lounge and the patio and we never tired of looking out to sea. The surrounding are is very quiet and the scenery from every window made the holiday very special. I suppose we were bit worried before we went that living above the owners might make us feel as if we were intruding on someone's home life but Glenys and Gary are the perfect hosts . They manage to be both helpful and yet unintrusive and they are clearly suited to the job. They gave us great advice on where to go for a meal, where to walk etc and they couldn't be more helpful. It was our first visit to Madeira and we hope it won't be our last and we wouldn't hesitate to book the villa again. Come here if you want to explore Madeira and relax in a beautiful home . Don't come here if you are looking for bars etc on your doorstep. Nearby Ribeira Brava has everything you need . You can get to any part of the island easily enough from here. Enjoy.
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 19-Jan-2017
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Jan 2017

                                                                                                    Beautiful peaceful surroundings but only minutes from bars etc

                                                                                                    5 of 5
                                                                                                    My wife and I stayed in the studio apartment here last September. Was the perfect destination for us and wouldn't hesitate to book it again for our next visit. Met on arrival by Paulo who showed us around and was only a phonecall away for info, help etc. The garden was absolutely wonderful. We could lie and read for hours, look down over the village and admire the view or simply sit and enjoy watching the antics of all the beautiful lizards running about. A car is a must and we often took a trip out for breakfast or lunch then spent the afternoon at the villa then down to the excellent local bars and restaurants. Like most of Madeira, Ponta do Sol is built on a hillside down to the sea. Villa Ornelas is situated on one of the lower levels but is still a bit of a climb though it is steps all the way so not too bad. To sum up. Villa Ornellas is easy. We'll definitely be back.
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 18-Jan-2017
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

                                                                                                    Great

                                                                                                    5 of 5
                                                                                                    Great appartment just lack of heating in Jan but overall lovely apartment
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 16-Jan-2017
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Jan 2017