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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.

    Wonderful! 4.9/5
    (11 reviews)
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    • 2 BR
    • 3 BA
    • Sleeps 6
    Villa #6559877
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      Wonderful! 4.8/5
      (40 reviews)
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      • 2 BR
      • 2 BA
      • Sleeps 4
      Apartment #1550029
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        Wonderful! 4.9/5
        (33 reviews)
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        • 3 BR
        • 2 BA
        • Separate Toilet
        • Sleeps 6
        House #6281257
        33
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          Wonderful! 4.9/5
          (15 reviews)
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          • Studio
          • 2 BA
          • Sleeps 4
          Apartment #1930457
          15
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            Excellent! 4.5/5
            (10 reviews)
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            • 2 BR
            • 1 BA
            • Sleeps 4
            Apartment #1125058
            10
            Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
              • 4 BR
              • 2 BA
              • Separate Toilet
              • Sleeps 9
              House #6913846
                Exceptional! 5/5
                (10 reviews)
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                • 2 BR
                • 1 BA
                • Sleeps 6
                Apartment #6401183
                10
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                  Wonderful! 4.8/5
                  (8 reviews)
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                  • 3 BR
                  • 2 BA
                  • Sleeps 5
                  House #1749622
                  8
                  Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                    • 3 BR
                    • 2 BA
                    • Separate Toilet
                    • Sleeps 6
                    Villa #1790007
                    Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                      Exceptional! 5/5
                      (8 reviews)
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                      • 2 BR
                      • 1 BA
                      • Sleeps 4
                      Apartment #1541875
                      8
                      Viewed 23 times in the last 48 hours
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                        • 1 BR
                        • 1 BA
                        • Sleeps 2
                        Apartment #1946595
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                        Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
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                          • 3 BR
                          • 3 BA
                          • Sleeps 6
                          House #6869360
                          Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                            • 3 BR
                            • 3 BA
                            • Sleeps 6
                            Chalet #6904752
                              • 1 BR
                              • 1 BA
                              • Sleeps 4
                              Studio #3993283
                                Exceptional! 5/5
                                (4 reviews)
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                                • Studio
                                • 1 BA
                                • Separate Toilet
                                • Sleeps 4
                                Apartment #1772661
                                4
                                Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
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                                  • 2 BR
                                  • 2 BA
                                  • Sleeps 4
                                  House #6735391
                                  Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                                    • 4 BR
                                    • 6 BA
                                    • Separate Toilet
                                    • Sleeps 8
                                    Villa #6805723
                                      • 2 BR
                                      • 2 BA
                                      • Sleeps 4
                                      Apartment #8227629
                                        • 2 BR
                                        • 1 BA
                                        • Sleeps 4
                                        Apartment #6857907
                                          • 2 BR
                                          • 1 BA
                                          • Sleeps 4
                                          Apartment #2577141
                                            • 4 BR
                                            • 2 BA
                                            • Sleeps 6
                                            House #2490728
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                                              • 2 BR
                                              • 1 BA
                                              • Sleeps 4
                                              Apartment #6855558
                                              Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                                • 1 BR
                                                • 1 BA
                                                • Sleeps 4
                                                Apartment #1751140
                                                  • Studio
                                                  • 1 BA
                                                  • Sleeps 3
                                                  Apartment #6078802
                                                    • 4 BR
                                                    • 2 BA
                                                    • Sleeps 9
                                                    Apartment #6099766
                                                    1
                                                      • 2 BR
                                                      • 2 BA
                                                      • Sleeps 4
                                                      Apartment #2489427
                                                        Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                        (26 reviews)
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                                                        • 2 BR
                                                        • 2 BA
                                                        • Sleeps 4
                                                        Apartment #1744018
                                                        26
                                                        Viewed 162 times in the last 48 hours
                                                          Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                          (23 reviews)
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                                                          • 1 BR
                                                          • 1 BA
                                                          • Sleeps 2
                                                          Apartment #496154
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                                                          Viewed 119 times in the last 48 hours
                                                            Very Good! 4.2/5
                                                            (18 reviews)
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                                                            • Studio
                                                            • 1 BA
                                                            • Sleeps 2
                                                            Cottage #1079557
                                                            18
                                                            Viewed 86 times in the last 48 hours
                                                              Exceptional! 5/5
                                                              (12 reviews)
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                                                              • 2 BR
                                                              • 2 BA
                                                              • Sleeps 4
                                                              Apartment #1891988
                                                              12
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                                                                Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                (24 reviews)
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                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                • 2 BA
                                                                • Sleeps 4
                                                                Apartment #1876212
                                                                24
                                                                Viewed 89 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                  Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                  (42 reviews)
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                                                                  • 1 BR
                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                  • Sleeps 2
                                                                  Apartment #1676398
                                                                  42
                                                                  Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                    Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                                    (27 reviews)
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                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                    • 2 BA
                                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                                    Apartment #1172196
                                                                    27
                                                                    Viewed 25 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                      Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                      (23 reviews)
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                                                                      • 3 BR
                                                                      • 2 BA
                                                                      • Sleeps 6
                                                                      Apartment #807623
                                                                      23
                                                                      Viewed 35 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                        Excellent! 4.6/5
                                                                        (35 reviews)
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                                                                        • 2 BR
                                                                        • 2 BA
                                                                        • Sleeps 4
                                                                        Apartment #443154
                                                                        35
                                                                        Viewed 18 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                          Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                          (23 reviews)
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                                                                          • 1 BR
                                                                          • 1 BA
                                                                          • Sleeps 3
                                                                          Apartment #430851
                                                                          23
                                                                          Viewed 38 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                            Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                                            (26 reviews)
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                                                                            • 2 BR
                                                                            • 2 BA
                                                                            • Separate Toilet
                                                                            • Sleeps 4
                                                                            Multiple rentals House #1128960
                                                                            26
                                                                            Viewed 30 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                              Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                              (26 reviews)
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                                                                              • 1 BR
                                                                              • 1 BA
                                                                              • Sleeps 4
                                                                              Apartment #434559
                                                                              26
                                                                              Viewed 20 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                Very Good! 4.2/5
                                                                                (38 reviews)
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                                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                                • 2 BA
                                                                                • Sleeps 4
                                                                                Apartment #1040168
                                                                                38
                                                                                Viewed 20 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                  Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                  (29 reviews)
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                                                                                  • 1 BR
                                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                                  • Sleeps 4
                                                                                  Apartment #6387393
                                                                                  29
                                                                                  Viewed 27 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                    Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                    (29 reviews)
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                                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                                    • 2 BA
                                                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                                                    Villa #1755351
                                                                                    29
                                                                                    Viewed 18 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                      Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                      (13 reviews)
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                                                                                      • 1 BR
                                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                                      • Sleeps 2
                                                                                      Multiple rentals Apartment #1890532
                                                                                      13
                                                                                      Viewed 46 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                        Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                                                        (19 reviews)
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                                                                                        • 1 BR
                                                                                        • 1 BA
                                                                                        • Sleeps 2
                                                                                        Multiple rentals Apartment #1890532
                                                                                        19
                                                                                        Viewed 52 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                          Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                          (26 reviews)
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                                                                                          • 3 BR
                                                                                          • 2 BA
                                                                                          • Separate Toilet
                                                                                          • Sleeps 5
                                                                                          Multiple rentals House #1128960
                                                                                          26
                                                                                          Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                            Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                                            (12 reviews)
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                                                                                            • 3 BR
                                                                                            • 2 BA
                                                                                            • Sleeps 8
                                                                                            Chateau / Country House #1931605
                                                                                            12
                                                                                            Viewed 38 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                              Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                              (27 reviews)
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                                                                                              • 3 BR
                                                                                              • 3 BA
                                                                                              • Separate Toilet
                                                                                              • Sleeps 6
                                                                                              House #858826
                                                                                              27
                                                                                              Viewed 41 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                                                                (14 reviews)
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                                                                                                • 1 BR
                                                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                                                • Sleeps 2
                                                                                                Apartment #6352996
                                                                                                14
                                                                                                Viewed 17 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                  Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                                                  (19 reviews)
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                                                                                                  • 3 BR
                                                                                                  • 3 BA
                                                                                                  • Separate Toilet
                                                                                                  • Sleeps 7
                                                                                                  Villa #1888222
                                                                                                  19
                                                                                                  Viewed 18 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                    Excellent! 4.4/5
                                                                                                    (14 reviews)
                                                                                                    avg/night
                                                                                                    • 3 BR
                                                                                                    • 3 BA
                                                                                                    • Sleeps 8
                                                                                                    Villa #491064
                                                                                                    14
                                                                                                    Viewed 28 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                                                    Recent Reviews

                                                                                                    Excellent accomodation

                                                                                                    5 of 5
                                                                                                    Our third visit to Madeira and by far the best place we have stayed. The accomodation is excellent. Was extremely clean and very well maintained. It is in a brilliant location. So easy to walk into the town and with supermarket in the same building. We also used Americo's services as our airport taxi driver and also as our driver/guide for a day trip to the east side of the island. Lovely and friendly man. Thanks also to Ivone for purchasing our tickets for seats at the flower festival. We will be back to Madeira and we will look no further than staying here. Would have no hesitation is recommending to anyone wanting to visit Madeira to stay here. Thank you for helping make our holiday memorable
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: May 22, 2017
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: May 2017

                                                                                                    I am in Love with Madeira! I love every single moment of my stay in Porta da Sol

                                                                                                    4 of 5
                                                                                                    I love our room / hause. I enjoyed view from our patio and hospitality. Madeira has many atraction to discover. 7 day was not enough. Cooperation with Mr Faritas was very well, I appreciate his patience:) as I was so exited that I kept forgetting to update him about our plans and he still was able to be polite and professional. Thank you and all the best!!! In my opinion only boiler was too retro:( and we stragle with hot water which was too hot.
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: May 21, 2017
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: May 2017