Holidays to Porto Santo
Porto Santo may be tiny, but that only adds to the appeal of this unspoilt island near Madeira in Portugal. Here visitors will find soft volcanic sand beaches, windswept cliffs, rugged mountains, and a charming town where you can find quaint cafes nestled beside historic buildings. If you are looking for a tranquil and visually stunning holiday destination, Porto Santo is for you.
What to see and do on a Holiday to Porto Santo
It would be easy to come on a holiday to Porto Santo and spend all of your time on the lovely beaches along the east coast. Here the sands stretch on for 9 kilometres, so it is easy to find a place on the beach all to yourself. For those who want total isolation and privacy, the north coast features tall cliffs and pockets of deserted coves. Sunbathing, swimming and snorkelling are popular beach activities on Porto Santo, and some people even claim that the fine sands and gentle waves here have healing properties.
Another way to enjoy the beauty of Porto Santo is at the Porto Santo Golfe complex. Play an invigorating 18-hole or 9-hole round on the scenic greens that feature expansive views out to the sapphire blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Tennis enthusiasts can enjoy a friendly match on one of the eight tennis courts here, and the equestrian centre is perfect for those who want to see the rolling green countryside of Porto Santo on horseback.
The town of Vila Baleira is a pleasant place to spend a day or evening, strolling through the streets with historic whitewashed churches and residences. Christopher Columbus once lived here with his wife, and today visitors can explore their house, which has been restored and converted into a museum. Vila Baleira also offers many tasteful cafes with sunny terraces for people watching, and tempting restaurants that serve a variety of Portuguese and international cuisines.
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