Traditional arts and crystal-clear waters
Located in the eastern coast of Madeira Island, Santa Cruz owes its name to Santa Cruz river stream tha crosses the city and probably to the cross built with old stumps during the recognition trip led by João Gonçalves Zarco. Among the built heritage, we highlight the Main Church of São Salvador, the second largest in the archipelago, located next to the Cathedral of Funchal. Built in the 16th century, the church reveals some characteristics of Gothic and Manueline (decorative) styles. Other historical legacy is the 15th century Town Hall building that despite succeeding changed, it still presents some Manueline marks. Camacha civil parish, situated in the highest lands in the interior of the island, is very famous for its folklore, as well as famous handicraft wickerwork pieces that can be found in the Handicraft Centre. With a little luck, you will have the chance of watching artisans at work. It was also here that football was played for the first time in Portugal. In the village of Canico, you will find the promontory Ponta do Garajau with a statue of Christ The King, offering a fabulous view over Funchal bay. The Partial Natural Reserve Garajau is also located here thanks to its crystal-clear waters and its biological importance, the ideal place for diving.