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Things to do in Santa Cruz

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Beach
“Santa Cruz beach is still a popular spot but less cosmopolitan than the beaches in the Sintra area. The beach itself is a huge stretch of beautiful sand backing on to the village of Santa Cruz at the southern end. At one end of the beach is a huge triangular shaped rock with an arch running under it. There are plenty of facilities and the Santa Cruz has frequently received the prized Blue Flag award. Facing directly into the Atlantic Ocean the beach here may not be the best spot to take a swim, it is however a great surf spot. If Ericeira is too small then it is often worth the drive up the coast to check out this quality beachbreak.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Restaurant Buzios Good Times----Fresh fish, seafood, close to de beach, nice view.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Fish & Chip Shop
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“With its feet on the sand and eyes to the ocean, Noah emerged from the desire to build a House that would gather friends and family and allow unique moments to be created over endless conversations and laughs. A Place of PEACE, SUN, and JOY… A HEAVENLY place celebrating the Waves, celebrating the Ocean!”
  • 6 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Uma variedades de praias para conhecer desertas e muito populares com aguas cristalinas, simplesmente fantásticas. Situadas 15 minutos da nossa habitação.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
  • 1 local recommends
Bar
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“Comida de boa qualidade e bom atendimento. Tem cadeirinhas para crianças e sempre oferecem desenhos e canetas para desenhar, assim como talheres e loiça especiais para os mais pequenos. ”
  • 1 local recommends
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Point of Interest
  • 2 locals recommend
Store
  • 1 local recommends
Fish & Chip Shop
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“ great ambience / good service, good music, good food.....and its right on the beach!”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends
School
“Nuno will be your host in this Surf School. They are our friends and partners and will be waiting for you with open arms to teach how to surf!”
  • 1 local recommends
Point of Interest
  • 2 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Fish & Chip Shop
“With its feet on the sand and eyes to the ocean, Noah emerged from the desire to build a House that would gather friends and family and allow unique moments to be created over endless conversations and laughs. A Place of PEACE, SUN, and JOY… A HEAVENLY place celebrating the Waves, celebrating the Ocean!”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Comida de boa qualidade e bom atendimento. Tem cadeirinhas para crianças e sempre oferecem desenhos e canetas para desenhar, assim como talheres e loiça especiais para os mais pequenos. ”
  • 1 local recommends
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Bar
“You have a few bars next to each other right by the Sea where you can have a drink, relax and hear some music. Dali Bar is one of them.”
  • 1 local recommends
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  • 1 local recommends
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  • 1 local recommends

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