PORTO SANTO, MADEIRA (PORTUGAL)
In the Northeast of Madeira Island at a distance of 43 kilometres in the North Atlantic Ocean, is a Portuguese Island named Porto Santo. You’ll find many hotels and restaurants in Porto Santo offering the visitors opportunity to relax, enjoy the beauty and engage in several fun activities. It is one of the glorious destinations and also one of the last undiscovered resorts in Europe. The people are very friendly there. The unspoilt spectacular landscapes with variety of stunning natural views, historical and cultural resources will make you just feel as if you are in “paradise”.
Climate: Subtropical oceanic climate with very mild winters and pleasant warm summers
Light clothes for summers, but also carry scarf, sweatshirt and a light jacket for the evenings. In winter, spring and autumn sweater, jacket, raincoat or umbrella should be carried.
Best Time to Visit: To enjoy the sun and the sea, visit in July-September, for the city or excursions visit during Mid-April to June. During Mid-October to mid-April, there may be rains and thunderstorms.
By Air: Flight available from Funchal to Porto Santo airport. International flights to Porto Santo also present in summers.
By Ferry: The most popular way to get to Porto Santo is by ferry, from Funchal to Porto Santo Harbour. But this mode of accessibility has occasional variations according to seasons. So before going there by ferry know the detailed information about timing and transportation.
Places of Interest
Pico Castelo Viewpoint
Location: Porto Santo Island, Portugal
Visiting Time: Open all 7days of a week during daytime
It is located in Porto Santo.The viewpoint is located 430 meters above sea level, where there are still ruins of a 16th century fortress. It is one of the vantage points to admire the natural beauty of the surroundings, where you can see some islets that surround the island, like Cal and Cima and the city of Vila Baleira in the background.
Pico de Ana Ferreira
Location: Porto Santo Island, Portugal
Visiting Time: Open all 7days of a week during day time
At 283 above sea level, lies Pico de Ana Ferreira, which is the highest point on the west of the island.It is a relief produced by differential erosion due to the hardness of the mugearite rock that constitutes its core. It was formed from volcano activity taking millions years of intermediate composition in a magma chamber underlying the peak. An interesting work of art by Mother Nature herself, you must visit to also enjoy the beautiful landscape of the surroundings.
Location: Estrada DomingosD'Ornelas,Sítio da Camacha, Portugal
Visiting Time: Open on Wednesdays from 10:30am-06:30pm, from Thursday to Saturday from 10:30pm-12:30pm and then again from 02:20pm to 06:30pm. Closed on holidays
The museum is the result of a personal passion of Jose Cardina. Fascinated by the artefacts of Porto Santo’s past, Cardina not only collected these pieces such as metal works, baskets, furniture items and farm tools but also made beautiful replicas of the same. He also designed mock-ups of many natural water fountains on the island-preserving the complete figure of those neglected and dropped into degradation.
Church of NossaSenhora da Peiedade
Location: TravessaSacrestia 3, Vila De Porto Santo, Ilha De Porto Santo, Portugal
Visiting Time: Open all 7days of a week from 10:00am-08:00pm; closed during public holidays
You cannot miss this church which stands next to the town square. Built during the period between 1430 and 1446, it was rebuilt in 1667 after being burnt down by pirates. The only remnant of the original church is the small Gothic chapel located on the south of the building. Today the church has beautifully decorated altars and several breathtaking paintings by famed artists Max Romer and Martim Conrado.
Scuba and Snorkelling
Location: Rhea Dive Centre, Sítiodo Cabeço – Apart, Porto Santo, Portugal; Porto Santo Free Snorkeling Tour, Porto Santo, Portugal; Porto Santo Sub - Centro de Mergulho, Parqueempresarial do Porto Santo | Sítio do Tanque, Porto Santo Island, Portugal
Visiting Time: - Open all 7days of a week from 09:00am-06:00pm
Madeira is an amazing destination to go for Diving. The mild and clear waters offer a great underwater view with rich fauna and the beautiful underwater landscapes adding to the charm. Garajau’s and Desertas’ marine reserves are great diving spots apart from the wrecks or sandy bottoms of Porto Santo. You can try snorkelling or free-diving adventure or Scuba-Diving. Services of highly trained instructors are available to make your experience safe and memorable.