Santa Cruz Vacations

11 miles (18 kilometers) to the southeast of Madeira Island, is Santa Cruz, the perfect place to discover more about this fabulous region. If you are coming from the Madeira Airport in Madeira Island, Santa Cruz is about 1 mile (2 kilometers) to the northwest.

Many of Madeira Island’s most popular attractions are located within easy driving distance of Santa Cruz, so it is a great place to base yourself while you are in town. Two of the most interesting places to explore are the marvelous Santo da Serra Golf Club and the remarkable Palheiro Gardens. Also, be sure to check out the Palheiro Golf Club and the Funchal Ecological Park Recreation Center.

Santa Cruz has a number of cultural attractions within easy reach that allow visitors to really get a feel for the area. There are many excellent places where you can spend an afternoon such as the Madeira Story Centre Museum in Funchal, Cathedral Se and the Frederico de Freitas Museum. Aspiring artists should check out the collections at the Funchal Sacred Art Museum in Funchal.

To surround yourself with nature, go and check out some of the nearby green spaces. These are good spots to relax. To breathe in the fresh air of a green urban park don’t miss the Pregetter's Orchid Garden in Funchal.

To really get a feel for the area, visit the nearby local attractions such as Quinta Palmeira in Funchal. These spots are much-loved by locals and tourists alike. To learn about the role of faith in Madeira Island, spend a little time at the area’s holy places, such as the Church of Nossa Senhora do Monte in Funchal.

Head to the Funchal Farmers Market in Funchal for a satisfying dose of retail therapy.

Nearby Madeira Stadium, Funchal is the perfect place cheer along with fellow lovers of soccer, and to see local heroes, the C.D. Nacional, in all their glory. On match days the area around the stadium becomes a sea of black, yellow and white, as local soccer lovers join together to support their home-grown heroes.

Finding somewhere handy to unpack your bags within the Santa Cruz area is a breeze. If you’re looking for a warm welcome and a good nights sleep check out the Dom Pedro Garajau, Canico, the Choupana Hills Resort and Spa, Funchal, and the Hotel Monte Carlo, Funchal.

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