Santa Cruz is a charming town, nestled quietly just an hour drive to the north from Lisbon. Unlike its famous neighbours, Peniche (35 km) and Ericeira (25 km), Santa Cruz still remains a rather undiscovered corner for tourists. This means cleaner and less crowded beaches, lower prices and a unique opportunity to experience Portuguese culture in its authenticity.
Santa Cruz boasts a spectacular miles-long stretch of a sandy shore and encompasses as many as 20 enchanting beaches, several of which are carrying the Blue Flag certification. Here, surfers will enjoy uncrowded (and good!) waves, nature-lovers – pristine surroundings, and food-enthusiasts – delicious seafood, traveling to their plate straight from the ocean.
Both in Santa Cruz and nearby village Póvoa de Penafirme, there is everything you may need during your holiday : groceries, fruit and vegetable shop, butchery, bakery, fresh market, pharmacy, ATM, and clothes stores. Bigger shops and supermarkets are also within 15 – 30 min drive.