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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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                                                                                                      First class accommodation with first class hosts

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Communication with Liz was fabulous with excellent instructions how to get to the cottage - although Bob guided us the last 2 mins of the journey as we missed a turn. The cottage itself exceeded our expectations in its quality, size and stunning views. It had everything we could possibly need including a welcoming batch of home baking and provisions in the fridge. Information in the cottage could be found in a file, but Liz and Bob were on hand to give any info or help needed. We did one of the drives suggested which allowed us to explore local area. The cottage also provided a great base to explore further afield which we did making a trip to the coast a couple of times. The hot tub and pool provided lots of relaxation especially on an evening with wine and the stars. Our stay at the cottage gave us the perfect start to our holiday. Liz and Bob were great hosts and we will be recommending it to family and friends. We'd love to come back.
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                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Aug 2017

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                                                                                                      We had a family of eight staying at Casa dos Sonhos this summer for a week, ranging from grandparents to a five year old and a two and a half year old toddler. We were hoping to find a property that could cater for such a diverse range of ages and we were pleasantly surprised that Casa dos Sonhos ticked all the boxes. Both young and old fully enjoyed the gardens, swimming pool, games room, and barbecue area. The inside of the property was immaculately clean and modern, and had more than enough space for us all. It was great to be able to go out to the beach or exploring during the day (on the occasions when we managed to drag ourselves away from the property) knowing what a wonderful place we were coming back to in the evening, and no day would be complete without the mandatory swim in the pool (duly enforced by the children, even if we had just come from the beach), even if the sun had already gone down. We loved that we could enjoy some peace and quiet away from it all, whilst still having so much entertainment at hand, and the games room was another firm favourite. Thank you very much Chris and Ana for allowing us the opportunity to stay at your lovely property, and I am sure we will be looking to come back again in the future.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Aug 07, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jul 2017