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

Santa Cruz, Madeira, not to be confused with Santa Cruz, Tenerife, is arguably the most attractive area of Madeira Island. Located on the East Coast, Santa Cruz has some beautiful scenery to investigate, as well as charming towns filled with historical buildings, exquisite restaurants and plenty of sporting activities from mountain biking to scuba diving. Although, in order to try any of these, you have to leave the beach first!

Things to do on holiday in Santa Cruz, Madeira

The Santa Cruz area is a wonderfully unspoilt rural area, with the main towns and villages all spread along the coastline. The countryside is perfect for walking and biking holidays, with Santa Cruz holiday rentals particularly popular with visitors on a Santa Cruz mountain biking break. There are plenty of places from which you can rent a bike in Santa Cruz and eastern Madeira, so there is no need to go through the hassle of taking your own bike to Santa Cruz on the flight.

Aside from Santa Cruz mountain biking holidays, the region has really come into the tourist spot light due to the fantastic scuba diving possibilities. The staggeringly clear seas which surround the island provide divers with unrivalled visibility, especially in the Garajau Maritime Natural Park off the coast of Canico.

There is plenty of culture to enjoy to. The towns of Machico and Santa Cruz are awash with historic buildings and cultural attractions, fine local restaurants and a range of great shopping streets. The Portuguese culture is still very strong in eastern Madeira, although there is a definite hint of a Madeiran influence everywhere you look.

Places to visit on holiday in Santa Cruz, Madeira

The regions namesake, the city of Santa Cruz is a delightfully charismatic cultural base providing an excellent place to stroll, visit one of the many cafes, bars and restaurants which call Santa Cruz home. The Santa Cruz Aquapark is a huge attraction for family holidays to Santa Cruz, and the chic beachfront promenade and seafront Lido provide plenty of entertainment if you can be tempted from the pebble beach which lines the coast.

Canico is the main beach resort in eastern Madeira, yet remains a luxurious, uncrowded haven of fine living. There are many stylish bars and restaurants in Canico, and if you are looking to take Santa Cruz accommodation to take advantage of the magnificent scuba diving, Canico is the perfect answer as it is close to the finest dive sites in Madeira as well as being filled with top quality PADI registered dive centres.

Weather in Santa Cruz, Madeira

Any resident of Santa Cruz will tell you that the region has one of the best climates in the world, never getting too hot and never cold. With average temperatures of 24°C for the year, temperatures in Santa Cruz remain between 33°C and 17°C, and conditions are very rarely outside of this range. Santa Cruz is one of very few resorts that are truly a year round destination.

Travel to Santa Cruz, Madeira

Madeira’s International Airport (FNC) lies just outside Santa Cruz, which makes a holiday rental villa in Santa Cruz very close indeed. easyJet, First Choice Airways, ThomsonFly and Thomas Cook Airlines all provide cheap flights to Santa Cruz from across the UK.

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                                                              Lova;ly cottage near the mountains

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                                                              Had a lovely week in this delightful cottage in Santo de Serra. Great hosts who met us and provided madeira wine, fruit, local bread, ham and cheese on our arrival. Patricia was also really helpful finding me a dentist as my tooth had broken on the journey, plus giving good information on local restaurants we especially liked Lilys in Machico. It is an ideal location for visiting the East of the island and not far to Funchal either. We had a mixed bag of weather, but found if it was grey and raining when we woke up we only had to go down to sea level and further west and the sun would come out. We did have some sunshine every day and managed to go everywhere we wanted to. The log fire was lovely each evening and one of the channels on the TV showed films. Can't wait to return to Madeira again.
                                                              • Review Submitted: 11-Apr-2016
                                                              • Date of Stay: Mar 2016

                                                              Great villa at a great price

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                                                              A lovely 2 bedroom (3 bathroom!) villa, nice and spacious, and very clean. Very quiet area on the hillside, beautiful sunrises over the sea from the large balcony. Also get a bird's eye view of the airport (only 15 minutes away in the car), and the planes landing - interesting to watch, but not too many through the day. Funchal is about 25 minutes away in the car - would highly recommend the many beautiful botanical gardens in and around the city, and taking the cable car up to Monte (where there is also a garden). Highly recommended.
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                                                              • Date of Stay: Feb 2016

                                                              Villa Verde mid-February 2016

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                                                              We stayed at Villa Verde for one week and found the property to be ideal for 4-6 people. The accommodation is spacious, elegant and well equipped particularly the kitchen. Own drive and dedicated parking, pool with spacious terrace and ample loungers and a delightful, secluded garden with a burgeoning avocado tree made for a v. pleasant stay. Our arrival was made particularly enjoyable by the warm welcome from Peter and Fiona Marsland from Madeira Island Direct, local agents for the property. Grocery essentials, a detailed tour of the villa, location of local supermarkets and to crown it all, a bottle of quality Madeira to get into the spirit of this paradise of an island! Particularly useful advice was to be selectively critical of all-Europe satnav device recommendations regarding routes. We quickly learnt to stick to main "ER" roads rather than narrow, often steep shortcuts. Walking levadas and the high routes around Pico Arieiro/Ruivo was stupendous, especially after a rare, overnight snowfall above 4000ft that had local people out in boots and ski clothes throwing snowballs and building bonnet-top snowmen at the weekend. The Sao Laorenco Peninsula walk is close by and a superb walk with unrivalled views and volcanic, desert-like vegetation. We will definitely stay at this villa again in the future as we have been bitten by the Madeira bug.
                                                              • Review Submitted: 28-Feb-2016
                                                              • Date of Stay: Feb 2016