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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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Fantastic apartment in a great location and lovely owner

5 of 5
We (me and my husband) stayed in Casa Branca for the first week of the new year and cannot recommend the apartment or Cidalia the owner highly enough. It was our first time travelling independently to Madeira having previously stayed in hotels in Funchal and we won't go back to hotels having experienced the convenience of having our own fully equipped apartment. The apartment is furnished to a high standard with lovely personal touches and interesting art work and is very spacious and comfortable with plenty of room for a group of four. The kitchen is very well equipped with oven, gas hob, all pots, pans, utensils and even a washing machine. The bathrooms (2 of them) have showers and one has a bath - plenty of hot water on tap. The bedroom we used had one of the most comfortable beds we have ever slept in. There are two small balconies, one getting the sun in the morning and the other in the afternoon. Cidalia could not have been more helpful - she met us at the apartment as soon as we arrived and gave us one of the best welcomes we have ever had, sharing her knowledge of the local area and tips on how to make the most of our trip. Cidalia and Kevin were both on hand throughout our stay in case we experienced any problems or needed any help or information. Machico itself is a superb resort (and is flat!). There are lots of excellent restaurants, snack bars and shops on the doorstep and the golden sand beach is just a stroll away. We were surprised by how much cheaper eating out was in comparison to Funchal. The location is great for accessing the east side of the island and is well linked to the motorway. It's just a 10 min drive from the airport so a very short transfer. You can hear planes passing overhead but they are infrequent and we soon became accustomed to them - a small price to pay for all of the positives. There are walks from the door for those interested in hiking and good bus links to nearby resorts for the return journey. There is on-street parking outside the apartment which is pay and display (2 euros for around 3.5 hours from 8am and you can pay the night before for the morning after). There is also a car park under the apartment with an allocated parking bay but this is via ramp access and a little tricky to drive in and out of - we managed it with a Renault Captur but would probably opt for a smaller (but still powerful) car next time. All in all a fabulous stay and great value for money. We will definitely be back :)
  • Review Submitted: Jan 11, 2018
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2018

Ideal base for exploring the island

5 of 5
It was our first time on the island and we wanted to explore all of in short time! This proved to be a perfect base, allowing us to travel out to the far eastern peninsular and drive to the north coast very quickly (very dramatic scenery!). The rapida allowed us to get to Funchal and the rest of the south coast very easily. The villa was well equipped and appeared exactly as the photos, with the jacuzzi being a big attraction. Try the espetada at Braseiro de Gaula just up the road in Achada - excellent - and half the price of some of the tourist places. Highly recommended for everybody - and I forgot to mention the views!
  • Review Submitted: Nov 26, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2017