Temperate sea beaches and pure nature are the calling card of the island of Porto Santo. For a few quiet days.
Let’s start with the obvious, the beach! The ‘golden island’ has Porto Santo beach the idyllic setting for a few days of rest – 9 kilometers of fine sand and warm turquoise waters, which promise to delight visitors, without having to cross the Atlantic to the caribbean??
In addition, this beach is known for the therapeutic characteristics of the sand – rich in minerals such as magnesium, calcium and sulfur, an excellent natural anti-inflammatory. A must visit is also the Praia do Zimbralinhonestled between cliffs, a very hollywoodesque paradise that you won’t want to miss.
On lazy days at the beach, the island of Porto Santo also offers numerous pedestrian walks that will delight nature lovers: visit the Ana Ferreira Peak and let yourself be dazzled by the unobstructed views of the Pedreira viewpointof Castle Peak get a panoramic view of the island and stroll through the Pico do Fachothe highest on the island, and explore the Serra de Fora??
In fact, getting around the island is quite easy and fast, so rent a car and explore unique places like the Ponta da Calheta or the Flores Viewpoint??
In addition to the beach and nature, the island also offers city-dwellers tours of the now city (since 1996) Vila Baleira, where you can visit the Christopher Columbus House??
golf and spa are other activities available on the island – the Porto Santo Golfconsidered one of the best courses in Europe, has its doors open for lovers of the sport and Spa at Vila Baleira Resort several circuits and beauty treatments are available.
Still not to be missed, a boat trip to see dolphins and whales off the Atlantic Ocean. Even if you can’t see any of the animals, a boat trip is an excellent opportunity to pass through the islets around Porto Santo.
Go outside, enjoy one of the most beautiful areas of the country and accompany these days of rest with the delicious local cuisine – bolo do caco, limpets and fresh fish on the sea – these delicacies accompanied, of course, by the famous poncha, will make this vacation in a divine retreat.
How to go?
The company SATA offers 12 daily flights (depending on the season) between Funchal and Porto Santo. However, going by boat can be a good option. Porto Santo Line boats depart from Funchal every day at 8 am.
Where to stay?
The accommodation options are many and for all prices. There are several options to stay in apartments with prices starting at €50 per night.
If you want something more sophisticated, the Hotel Porto Santo & Spa has rooms from €135 (high season), in addition to several all-inclusive options starting at €270 per night, such as the Pestana Colombos Premium Club.
Where to eat?
There are many good restaurants on the island, enjoy the tomato soup at Restaurante O Calheta, or some tapas at Restaurante João do Cabeço. If you fancy something more refined, head to the Panorama Restaurant & Lounge Bar.