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Santa Cruz Travel Guide: 9 reviews and 22 photos


Camacha is a beautiful small village a few kilometres east of Funchal and also famous for its apple festival and very active folklore dance troops.
They call this the village of basket makers.
Well, that is not quite true - it is the centre of Madeiras willow craft industry.

Nowadays they make furniture, hats, ornaments, kitchen utensils, wine holders and of course... baskets of all sizes and shapes. All in all over 1000 different articles and an absolute 'must see' for every tourist!
Many consider the Camacha Village the Madeiran Capital of Culture. In fact, if you look around, you will find very talented people and lots of cultural, social and entertainment events.

The visitor in santa Cruz can find all kinds of wicker furniture and decorative pieces.
Caniço is an important tourist resort lying some 10 km east of Funchal. It is a gathering of houses surrounding an important 18th century church. The seaside holiday resort is to be found by travelling southward along Rua Dr. F. Peres to Caniço de Baixo. The Nature Reserve of Parcial do Garajau was created in 1986. This is the only purely marine reserve in Portugal. Extraordinary clear water assures ideal diving conditions and is one of the reasons for the marine biodiversity of this habitat.

"After a while they entered a beautiful bay where they found a handsome and pleasant valley well planted with trees. And here they found some fallen trunks, from which the captain ordered that a cross should be made. This was then placed in the treetops, and the place was name Sancta Cruz (Holy Cross); and later a noble town was founded here." From Elucidário Madeirense

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:The beaches, the sun, the tradition
  • In a nutshell:A nice place to relax!
  • Last visit to Santa Cruz: Oct 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • ettenaj's Profile Photo
    Mar 24, 2004 at 3:03 PM

    When we went to Madeira we stayed in Santa Cruz at the hotel Catolina? Right underneath the huge freeway, nice hotel though

  • sachara's Profile Photo
    Nov 19, 2003 at 1:57 PM

    Again a beautiful page. I start to regret not be back at Madeira this year.

  • Sweetberry1's Profile Photo
    Nov 11, 2003 at 1:18 PM

    Another lovely page Goncalo.. There is something very special about small villages.. ;-)

  • micas_pt's Profile Photo
    Nov 9, 2003 at 3:42 PM

    Nice new page Gonçalo!! I had no idea there was another Cristo Rei in Portugal, ... i only know that one in Lisbon. :-)

  • pepples46's Profile Photo
    Nov 9, 2003 at 2:55 PM

    aaaaahhhh the intro pic is georgeous,wonderful page Goncalo..I got to visit your beautiful Madeira

  • ncfg's Profile Photo
    Nov 9, 2003 at 2:27 PM

    We have Cristo Rei here in Ponte de Lima too. Nice page Gonçalo.

  • sandysmith's Profile Photo
    Nov 6, 2003 at 10:44 AM

    hey i have a pic of the wicker noah's ark too ;-)

  • Imbi's Profile Photo
    Nov 3, 2003 at 11:05 PM

    Rio style statue of Jesus looks amazing, but who stole whose idea? Fantastic page.

  • Prasnjavi's Profile Photo
    Nov 2, 2003 at 2:55 PM

    Don't do it to me Goncalo. Please, don't. I'm already in love with your island(s).

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Nov 2, 2003 at 2:23 PM

    another lovely page of your homecountry ! This wicker-furniture looks interesting !


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