In Santa Cruz there are eleven, with an extensive area and imposing cliffs. Formed by clay sediments and covered by a green blanket of vegetation, the cliffs give you a sense of protection and at the same time of PEACE... There are many options along the existing 20 kilometres of coastline, where it is possible to spend a RELAXING day at the beach or a PICNIC while tasting local produces.
It is one of the most iconic sights in Santa Cruz. Guincho’s Rock is formed by an imposing rock structure with 30 meters of height and 100m diameter, with a slot crossed by the sea on its base. When the tide is at its lowest it is possible to cross from one side to the other, keeping the feet dry. During Summer season it is one of the most crowded areas, rather dare to visit during the winter, and enjoy the mystical light at the end of the day, as the sun goes down.
SANTA CRUZ WATER MILL
Santa Cruz Water Mill is very close to Guincho’s Rock, right in the centre of Santa Cruz. It has a Tourist Office, exhibitions and a reading room with newspapers and magazines.
POETS TOUR (SIDEWALK)
Beauty, TRANQUILITY and magic. Santa Cruz has always been a source of inspiration for notable poets and writers who lived here. One of them was Antero de Quental who in 1870 sought inspiration in the refuge of Santa Cruz. In honour of the poet and philosopher, a statue was built in 2009, next to Santa Cruz Chapel. The Japanese poet Kazuo Dan also chose Santa Cruz to live between 1971 and 1972. The street where he lived has his name, and a monument was built in his honour where we can read one of his poems, "Poente", written in Santa Cruz. The poet João de Barros also has a monument. Poet, pedagogue, and publicist, he was a sea lover and spent several summers in Santa Cruz. In this statue it is possible to read a dedication from Ferreira de Castro – also a writer -, to João de Barros, where he exposes his passion for the Atlantic Ocean and his strong connection to Brazil.