Santa Cruz Madeira Portugal
Santa Cruz is a small town situated on the south eastern shores of Madeira, just 1 mile from the Aeroporto do Funchal. In fact it's at the opposite end of the airport runway to Machico. It's possibly due to this close proximity to the airport that Santa Cruz loses out to other towns and resorts which is a shame as it offers a rich history, small beach, marina, lido, market and park.
Santa Cruz Lido
The Praia das Palmeiras is the public lido which offers a large swimming pool, smaller paddling pools and floating platforms which are anchored in the sea. The complex is free and has a small cafe for refreshments.
Santa Cruz Water Park - Aquaparque
Situated just south west of Santa Cruz, near Gaula, is the water park called Aquaparque. The park offers the usual selection of slides, tubes or black holes and rapids. There is also a zone for toddlers with fun slides and water features.