Destination guide

Why people love visiting charming Santa Cruz

Enjoy the culture and other features of Santa Cruz. This city's beaches, seaside and sporting events attract many visitors, and its romantic and relaxing location add to the charm. Palheiro Gardens and Madeira Stadium are just a couple of the must-sees in the area. Whether you're planning a family vacation, friends trip or romantic retreat, HomeAway has a great selection of vacation homes. Many rentals come with a full kitchen and separate dining area, perfect if you need a space for entertaining.


Activities and attractions in Santa Cruz

Are you searching for attractions to visit in the area? Venture out of your cozy vacation rental and check out everything that Santa Cruz has to offer. These are some of the top attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Santo da Serra Golf Club (3.3 mi / 5.2 km)
  • Quinta Da Junta (3.6 mi / 5.9 km)
  • Palheiro Golf Club (4.9 mi / 7.8 km)
  • Funchal Cable Car - Monte Station (6.2 mi / 10 km)
  • Funchal-Monte Teleferico (6.6 mi / 10.7 km)
  • PR11 Vereda dos Balcões (6.8 mi / 11 km)

Seasonal weather in Santa Cruz

If you're planning a vacation around warm-weather activities, August, September, October and July are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 78°F.

Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz is famous for its pristine beaches and beautiful ocean views. Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or just want to appreciate the scenery, Santa Cruz is a great place to get out in nature. Here are some of the area’s most eye-catching features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Palheiro Gardens (4.5 mi / 7.2 km)
  • Botanical Garden (6.1 mi / 9.7 km)
  • Monte Palace Gardens (6.3 mi / 10.1 km)
  • Santa Cruz Beach (0.8 mi / 1.3 km)
  • Reis Magos Beach (2.8 mi / 4.5 km)
  • Ponta da Oliveira (3.3 mi / 5.3 km)
How to get there

Transportation options to and around Santa Cruz

Fly into Funchal (FNC-Cristiano Ronaldo), the closest airport, located 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from the city center.

How many vacation rentals are available around Santa Cruz?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 1,458 house rentals around Santa Cruz. From 118 Villas to 312 Houses, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay around Santa Cruz is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Santa Cruz?

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Santa Cruz:

  • São Martinho: 865 vacation rentals
  • Santa Maria Maior: 485 vacation rentals
  • Santa Luzia: 506 vacation rentals
  • Sao Pedro: 567 vacation rentals
  • Sé: 524 vacation rentals

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when travelling to Santa Cruz?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Santa Cruz. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Santa Cruz Beach: 1,827 home rentals
  • Funchal Marina: 2,513 home rentals
  • Madeira Congress Center: 2,559 home rentals
  • Funchal Farmers Market: 2,510 home rentals
  • Town Square: 2,517 home rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Santa Cruz listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Villas in Santa Cruz?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 118 Villas in Santa Cruz. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Santa Cruz include:

  • Houses: 312 lodging choices
  • Condos/Apartments: 918 lodging choices
  • Bungalows: 18 lodging choices

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation homes including Country houses and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Santa Cruz?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 422 vacation homes with pool available in Santa Cruz.