Santa Cruz Madeira Holidays (2021) - Balkan Escape

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Santa Cruz Holidays

Sitting on the eastern coast of Madeira Island, the town of Santa Cruz is a great place to relax, with a pebbly beach enclosed by a sheltered bay. 

Only 13km from Funchal and a stone's throw from the airport, the picturesque town of Santa Cruz is great for those looking to hit the beach and be in close proximity to a range of outdoor activities. The stretched pebbly beach offers a sun-kissed location to soak up the rays, whilst the nearby aqua-park is great for all ages. For those yearning a different pace, the magnificent Serra Golf Club and whale and dolphin watching should be at the top of your list.

 

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Getting to Santa Cruz - Fly from London and all main regional airports from the UK to Madeira Airport (FNC). Flight time is typically 3hrs 50 mins to 4hrs 10 mins. To get to Santa Cruz, transfer by car is approximately 5 minutes. 

 

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When to go - One of Madeira's biggest draws is its weather with day time highs rarely getting below 20 degrees. This makes it a great year round destination especially those looking to experience the island's beautiful outdoors. 

 

getting around

Getting around - A regular bus service from Santa Cruz connects to the island's capital, Funchal.

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Weather - Funchal offers a warm subtropical climate throughout the year. Summers are typically hot and dry with temperatures reaching up to 30 degrees. Spring and autumn are relatively dry with temperatures rarely getting betlow 20 degrees whilst winter is wetter but still warm with day time highs of 20 degrees.

 

Santa Cruz Madeira

R&R: Palmeiras, Santa Cruz's only beach is located in a sheltered bay. It's a pebbly blue flag beach, therefore great for relaxing. There's changing rooms, WC and showers. It's split into two zones, the beach and the swimming pool, so it's a great place to spend the day with the family.

Madeira Aquapark

Aquapark - Conveniently located in Santa Cruz, this family friendly attraction opened in 2004 and has been entertaining visitors ever since. There's an array of pools and water-slides, as well as a rapid and lazy, river, black-hole and a children's section.

 

Madeira Golf

Golf: Consistantly ranked as a world-class facility and only 6km from Santa Cruz, the Serra Golf Club offers a premium experience with spectacular views. The 27 hole club offers an unbeatable landscape overlooking Machico Bay. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Senior it opened in 1991 to much anticipation and now hosts the Madeira Open.

 

Madeira whale dolphin watching

Bird, Whale and Dolphin Watching: Madeira is simply bursting full of fauna and what better way to experience it, is a tour organised by local experts. Madeira Wind Birds is a local, passionate company that offers a number of year-round half, full and multi day tours of local wildlife in their natural environment.

Monte Palace Tropical Gardens

Monte and the Cable Car: Monte is one of the Madeira's most popular and symbolic places. Located above Funchal, start your journey with a 15 minute cable car ride, rising 560m over green slopes with stunning vistas over the city. On arrival you'll find the Monte Palace Tropical Gardens, home to over 100,000 plants from across the world. It's located at the Quinta Monte Palace, a beautful mansion with fairytale like grounds.

Madeira Levada

Levada Walk: Another of Madeira's iconic features is the 2,500km of levadas. Levada is loosely interpreted as "carriageway" which were built in the 16th century to carry water from the rainy northern coast of the island to the sunny south. They are essentially mini canals on a slight slope to enable water to trickle down its destination. Well maintained paths run alongside the levadas allowing for a calming yet truly scenic walks including to many areas that are not accessible by road.

Pico do Airiero Madeira

Pico do Airiero: The third highest peak on the island at 1,818m and the most popular sunrise spot, its views are unsuprisingly awe-inspiiring especially when looking out above a sea of clouds. For more experienced hikers, one of the most spectacular trails from Pico do Arieiro is the 7km (4 hour) walk to the second highest peak at 1,862m Pico Ruivo, making your way through cliffs, tunnels and steep slopes.

Santana Madeira

Explore more of the Island: Madeira may only be a small island but there's so much to see. A great way to see more of Madeira is to take a tour which includes the highlights of a certain part of the island. Western Madeira includes beautiful fishing villages, high sea cliffs (580m!), lush green valleys and moutains. Whilst the east allows you to experience culture, history and traditions.

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