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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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                                                                                      Apartment #637165a
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                                                                                        Villa #1888222
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                                                                                          Multiple rentals Apartment #1890532
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                                                                                            Excellent! 4.4/5
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                                                                                              Exceptional! 5/5
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                                                                                                  Excellent! 4.7/5
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                                                                                                  Apartment #1573101
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                                                                                                    Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                                                                                    • 3 BR
                                                                                                    • 2 BA
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                                                                                                    Multiple rentals House #1128960
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                                                                                                    Recent Reviews

                                                                                                    Spacious apartment in perfect location

                                                                                                    5 of 5
                                                                                                    This is a very spacious one bedroom apartment in the perfect location for access to the old town, restaurants, shops and seafront in Funchal. The car park, which is within the apartment block, is also a real bonus, as is the free wifi. The apartment also has a lovely balcony offering great views, exactly like the photo in the advert. We enjoyed breakfast out here every day and often had dinner there too. There's information in the apartment for tourist attractions, transport etc. Communication with the owner before and on arrival was very prompt and reliable. We were met by a friendly and helpful manager who showed us around the property and gave us useful advice. The apartment is excellent value for money. We would definitely recommend it and would stay here again if we return to Madeira. Many thanks for everything - we had a great holiday!
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 19-Feb-2017
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Jan 2017

                                                                                                    Fabulous apartment and brilliant location

                                                                                                    5 of 5
                                                                                                    We've just had a great time in Madeira staying in this gorgeous apartment. It lives up to its photographs and descriptions - and some! Clean, comfortable, top quality and stylish - and Glenys and Gary always made sure that we had everything we needed. The location was perfect for exploring the island - super walking easily accessible, local shopping and good food in Ribeira Brava and just a short drive to Funchal for shops, restaurants, markets, culture, magical gardens - and much more.
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 14-Feb-2017
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Jan 2017

                                                                                                    Perfect.

                                                                                                    5 of 5
                                                                                                    Our second stay in this apartment, our only disappointment was that it was only available for the first of our two weeks in Funchal and so had to book into The Vine hotel next door for our second week. The apartment has everything you will need for a perfect stay in one of the best positions in Funchal..... modern, bright, clean, airy, great location and views, huge balcony, comfortable beds. We will be back again. Thank you Isabella.
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 10-Feb-2017
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Jan 2017