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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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    • 3 BR
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    House #65566
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      Wonderful! 4.8/5
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        House #1959878
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          Wonderful! 4.9/5
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          House #1726638
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            Wonderful! 4.9/5
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              Villa #6535420
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                Apartment #1576483
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                    Apartment #6043577
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                      Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                      • 1 BR
                      • 1 BA
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                      Villa #1893396
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                        • 3 BR
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                        Villa #1919732
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                          Good! 3.8/5
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                          • 1 BR
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                          Chateau / Country House #2396907
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                            • 1 BA
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                            Apartment #1680727
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                              Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                              House #1419512
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                                • 3 BR
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                                House #1389082a
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                                  Excellent! 4.6/5
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                                  • 1 BR
                                  • 1 BA
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                                  Apartment #1879792
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                                    • 1 BR
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                                    Cottage #1327350
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                                      Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                                      • 3 BR
                                      • 3 BA
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                                      Villa #1852970
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                                        Excellent! 4.6/5
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                                        • 4 BR
                                        • 3 BA
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                                          Excellent! 4.6/5
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                                          Cottage #6063212
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                                            • 3 BR
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                                            Villa #418841
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                                              Excellent! 4.3/5
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                                              • 2 BR
                                              • 1 BA
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                                              Multiple rentals House #547774
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                                                Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                                • 2 BR
                                                • 1 BA
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                                                Apartment #1293531
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                                                  Excellent! 4.6/5
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                                                  • 3 BR
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                                                  House #1904929
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                                                    Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                                                    • 4 BR
                                                    • 2 BA
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                                                    Cottage #6562571
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                                                      • 4 BR
                                                      • 3 BA
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                                                      Villa #8111348
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                                                        • 3 BR
                                                        • 3 BA
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                                                        Villa #1104826
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                                                          Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                                          • 3 BR
                                                          • 1 BA
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                                                          House #6421961
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                                                            Apartment #6783905
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                                                              Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                                              • 6 BR
                                                              • 3 BA
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                                                              House #6193896
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                                                                Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                                                                • 2 BR
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                                                                House #847314
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                                                                  Cottage #1501058
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                                                                    Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                                                    • 1 BR
                                                                    • 1 BA
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                                                                    Cottage #1775575
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                                                                      Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                                                      Villa #898020
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                                                                        Apartment #1732244
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                                                                          Villa #86812
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                                                                            Villa #1696490
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                                                                              House #1821546
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                                                                                Cottage #1958142
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                                                                                  Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                                                                  • 3 BR
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                                                                                  Apartment #6233070
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                                                                                    Cottage #1073483
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                                                                                      • 2 BR
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                                                                                      Cottage #1811288
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                                                                                        • 3 BR
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                                                                                        House #8045255
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                                                                                          • 2 BR
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                                                                                          Apartment #1781580
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                                                                                            • 2 BR
                                                                                            • 1 BA
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                                                                                            Apartment #875350
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                                                                                              • 2 BR
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                                                                                              Apartment #6516986
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                                                                                                • 3 BR
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                                                                                                Villa #6467941
                                                                                                  Excellent! 4.7/5
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                                                                                                  • 3 BR
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                                                                                                  House #613266a
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                                                                                                    Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                                                                                                    Villa #8131403
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                                                                                                      Villa #1156096a
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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      Excellent location, secluded and quiet but close to all facilities

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Had a great week here, cottage all as described, excellent communication with owners. Thoroughly recommended
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 01-Nov-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Oct 2016

                                                                                                      Great Place to Stay

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Great Location, very nice, clean, comfortable apartment, no complaints what so ever. Carlos is a great host, helpful and caring. Without any reservation I'd recommend this property. Good value, easy parking and within striking distance of lots of interesting places. Don't miss the walk up to Lousa Castle then on to the village of Talasnal, breath taking views and a terrific restaurant when you reach the village. Thanks for a wonderful stay.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 09-Oct-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Oct 2016

                                                                                                      Two weeks in September - What it says on the tin & more

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Casa Marques is a charming holiday cottage nestling on a south facing hillside with uninterrupted views stretching as far as the eye can see over wooded hills and valleys. A large swimming pool with comfortable loungers is where we spent most of our days taking turns to climb the dozen steps to replenish glasses of gin and tonic with ice from the freezer and lemons and limes plucked from trees in the garden. Shopping presented no problem whatsoever there being a well stocked supermarket with helpful staff, including a butcher who advised us on the best choice for the barbecue,only a few miles away. We also topped up our provisions when stopping at our "local" minimarket/café for a coffee or beer. Here despite their English being on a par with our Portuguese we always came away with a smile and exactly what we needed! The villa's purpose built barbecue we found invaluable being so easy to light and to cook on. We found driving in this part of Portugal no bother at all with motorway access about 100metres from the airport, stretching to about 15 minutes to Marques itself and minor roads practically devoid of other users. All in all a great holiday for chilling out and one that we wished we had stayed longer
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 28-Sep-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Sep 2016