Here in Santa Cruz, it’s all port life with urban touches. This breathtaking coastal spot’s been built into the hillside, and the lush beaches below blend pebbles with sand. Fishing and farming still live on in the resort, so you’ll find it’s got plenty of authentic charm..
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Skip out on Santa Cruz in favour of a day in nearby Machico or Funchal. There’s plenty to do there on your majestic Madeira holiday, and the resorts are simply beautiful – think endless beaches and splashes of bougainvillea. Take a stroll down the palm-sprinkled promenade, too. The airport’s an easy spot for aeronautical buffs as well.