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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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Fun Farmhouse

5 of 5
A return visit for us. A fantastic area for mountain biking and a friendly village to stay in. Spend time exploring the local area or stay close to the farmhouse, where you can watch the river go by at the cafe and even take a swim. The house is big enough for friends or two families with great courtyard and BBQ area for outside dining. Highly recommended by us for anyone who loves the outdoors and getting away from it all.
  • Review Submitted: Apr 04, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017

Amazing villa with spectacular views

5 of 5
The villa is situated with incredible views of the surrounding area and town below. The facilities were excellent and the property was very clean and comfortable. Liz and Bob were very welcoming and gave us good advice on places to visit in the local area. We found some amazing walks in the mountains and the best thing was to come back to the villa and enjoy the hot tub to relax afterwards. There are some lovely Portuguese restaurants in the town, particularly 'The Black Cat'. We would have no hesitation in recommending a stay in this property.
  • Review Submitted: Mar 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017