Top 10 Things to do in Santa Cruz, Portugal

November 14, 2017 Janean Rudisill

Discover the best top things to do in Santa Cruz, Portugal including Santa Cruz Beach (Torres Vedras), Praia da Formosa, Battle of Vimeiro Interpretation Centre, AdegaMae, Museu da Lourinha, Praia da Areia Branca, Good Surf Good Love, Forte de Sao Vicente, Chafariz dos Canos, Museu Municipal Leonel Trindade.
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1. Santa Cruz Beach (Torres Vedras)

Santa Cruz 2560-482, Portugal +351 261 937 524
Excellent
56%
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39%
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4.5 based on 38 reviews

Santa Cruz Beach (Torres Vedras)

Reviewed By Gonçalo D - Lisbon, Portugal

Been there this year and it's a beautiful place to relax and take some days off. Have nice people and the village is cosy and inviting.

2. Praia da Formosa

Av. Alto da Vela, Silveira, Portugal
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4.5 based on 4 reviews

Praia da Formosa

Reviewed By PPCI-BG - Italy

Bello il Panorama della spiaggia dall’alto della scogliera che la circonda e protegge dal vento. Sabbia abbastanza grossolana e rocce lungo la spiaggia dove le onde sono abbastanza forti. Da vedere almeno dal Belvedere in alto.

3. Battle of Vimeiro Interpretation Centre

Rua do Monumento N0 17-A | Lourinhã, Vimeiro 2530-835, Portugal +351 261 988 471
Excellent
55%
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4.5 based on 26 reviews

Battle of Vimeiro Interpretation Centre

Inaugurated on 21 August 2008 during the commemorations for the Bicentenary of the Battle of Vimeiro, the Battle of Vimeiro Interpretation Centre can be found on the Hill above Vimeiro, next to the Monument celebrating the 1st Centenary of the battle. Multifunctional in nature, the Centre brings together museum Exhibitions, archaeological artefacts, period documents and virtual information with emphasis on interactivity. Strategically positioned, the Interpretation Centre provides visitors with na almost complete view of the battlefield.

Reviewed By Kath076 - Anstruther, United Kingdom

We were on a mystery tour drive & spotted a little brown sign to a monument. What we found was a superb visitor centre and museum with a very clever tablet based guide, and very friendly staff. We learnt about the Battle of Vimeiro and the life of a soldier in Napoleonic times. Please visit this place, there need to be more like this which really take the time and effort to bring history to life. Highly recommended.

Estrada Municipal 554 | Fernandinho, Torres Vedras 2560-587, Portugal +351 261 950 100
Excellent
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4.5 based on 64 reviews

AdegaMae

It is the soul of AdegaMae, the primary reason for its existence. The love of wine paves the way for a variety of activities, such as: // Guided Tours with or without tasting // Program "Flavours and Wines" Brunch // AdegaMãe Dinner or Lunch // Event Management * Any program subject to prior arrangement

Reviewed By Aoife B

I visited this winery with my boyfriend and my family (Mam, Nan, uncle, Dad and brother). We were warmly welcomed. Diogo was so enthusiastic and very passionate. I leaned a lot and everyone really enjoyed the evening. I was almost converted from a red wine drinker to a white wine drinker

5. Museu da Lourinha

Rua Joao de Deus 95, Lourinha 2530-156, Portugal +351 261 414 003
Excellent
47%
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4 based on 119 reviews

Museu da Lourinha

Reviewed By Shrillyd - Almancil, Portugal

Thiis museum is small but full of interesting items mainly sourced from the local area. The museum is funded mainly by visitors and supporters with its main attraction, dinosaur eggs, being found by the mother and sister of their chief paleontologist Prof. Octavio Mateus, whose father was previously the curator there. The staff there are all passionate about their work and guided tour is well worth it.

6. Praia da Areia Branca

Areia Branca, Portugal
Excellent
53%
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4.5 based on 104 reviews

Praia da Areia Branca

Reviewed By KathleenR_28 - Port Dover, Canada

Wide and long, with waves that draw surfers from many countries in Europe, this beach is beautiful. On warm and sunny days, and during low tides, walk along the beach that could take you all the way to Paimogo (with a small ruin up on the hill). I enjoyed feeling the sand under my feet and watching people catch octopus from rocks while my friends and I went on a hike to Paimogo (around 2.5 kms.). If you are into hiking, there is also a trail head that starts at the bridge over the river. The trail goes all the way to Lourinha (around 4 kms. one way).
For the beach lvoers, during the summer and fall, this beach gets busy but there is still enough space to find your own little plot of sand to lie down and sunbathe.
During rainy season (winter), the waves bring in all sorts of garbage (dried wood) into the beach but the municipal employees clean them, not right away but on a regular basis.
If you get hungry or thirsty, there are cafes close to the beach.
And why not end the day by having a glass of porto and enjoying the beautiful sunsets.

7. Good Surf Good Love

Baleal, Peniche | Praia do Pisão, Santa Cruz 2560-042, Portugal
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5 based on 6 reviews

Good Surf Good Love

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Reviewed By Lize B

Good surf lessons, very helpfull!! We had 2 classes in Santa Cruz and 1 in Baleal, all from GSGL. We hadden every time the same teacher, so he knew us already, and knew what we had to work on.

8. Forte de Sao Vicente

Rua Forte de Sao Vicente, Torres Vedras 2560-657, Portugal +351 261 310 475
Excellent
28%
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4 based on 25 reviews

Forte de Sao Vicente

Reviewed By Thomas K - Turcifal, Portugal

We re-visited the Forte de Sao Vincente after the new Lines of Torres Vedras visitor centre opened there. We had a very friendly reception and were given a highly informative tour auf the little exhibition. They also have a movie to watch in Portuguese or English. A visit to Torres Vedras wouldn't be complete without coming to Forte de Sao Vicente.

9. Chafariz dos Canos

Rua Candido dos Reis, Torres Vedras 2560-000, Portugal
Excellent
37%
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4.5 based on 16 reviews

Chafariz dos Canos

Reviewed By Eoin K

Not much to see, Would be nice if it had something with the history written,has nice history , as told by a local, but I wouldn't drink the water.

10. Museu Municipal Leonel Trindade

Praca 25 de Abril | Convento de Nossa Senhora da Graça, Torres Vedras 2560-286, Portugal +351 261 310 485
Excellent
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4.5 based on 16 reviews

Museu Municipal Leonel Trindade

Reviewed By Shrillyd - Almancil, Portugal

The museum looks nothing from the outside but when you go inside they have a great collection of interesting artefacts particularly ceramics and a very informative exhibition relating to the peninsular wars and the role of the Linhas de Torres Vedras. If you are in the area and interested in history and archaeology this is well worth a visit and try and get a guided tour and is makes it much more enlightening.

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