Santa Cruz

The municipality of Santa Cruz, whose area of 95.5 km2 covers also the Desertas Islands, visible from the coast, lies on the South coast of Madeira Island and is composed of five villages: Santa Cruz and Caniço, towards the sea, and Gaula, Camacha and Santo António da Serra, in the interior of the municipality. The Foundation of the village who gave him the name dates back to the early 15TH century is therefore one of the oldest on the island, and its name is due to the discoverers who, coming to this land and finding some trunks tipped by time, of them did a cross that hung at the top of a tree, giving rise to the name of Santa Cruz. Alongside the construction of the cross, erected on a site in celebration of discovery cruise, who disappeared in 1889. The June 26, 1515, is created the municipality of Santa Cruz, and the village was elevated to a town on August 2, 1996. Currently, the County enjoys a high dynamic which is reflected in an evident economic and demographic growth, also thanks to the tourist potential and supply generated by the historic, cultural, natural richness and landscape of the County, with emphasis on the waterfront, the forest areas in the interior and the Natural Reserve of Selvagens Islands. Santa Cruz is also home of the Madeiran traditional arts, whose secular techniques if mirror in pieces of embroidery, wood, cane, straw, wicker and wooden spoons characteristics.

Where to eat in Santa Cruz

Where to sleep in Santa Cruz

PortoBay Serra Golf
PortoBay Serra Golf

4 star

The former coaching inn Serra Golf, located in Santo da Serra, is now the Porto Bay Sierra Golf. Your name does not doubt, and the hotel is the best located ho…

Hotel Galomar - Galo Resort
Hotel Galomar - Galo Resort

4 star

Localizado numa falésia em Ponta d'Oliveira, oferece vistas deslumbrantes sobre o Oceano, permitindo acesso direto ao mar. Dispõe de piscinas interior e exteri…

Vila Galé Santa Cruz
Vila Galé Santa Cruz

4 star

Hotel opened in 2006, located just five minutes from the international airport of Funchal, right on the seafront and surrounded by mountains, offering magnific…

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