You cannot miss this church which stands next to the town square.It was built on the site of Porto Santo's first chapel,which was burnt down by pirates in 1667.A small Gothic chapel on the south side of the building is all that remains of the original.
In Porto Santo there are about 20 miles of a golden sand beach, and if you like to spent a vacation doing nothing, just being by the beach 3 or 4 days go ahead.
It?s a great beach, soft golden sand and very warm water temperature .other points of interest like the colombo museum.
Boat trip + lunch + island tour.
At a small island as this one i?m afraid there aren?t to many things to do...
Being at madeira island a full day visit to porto santo is a must see activity trip to take i asure you.
you departure early in the morning from Funchal to Porto Santo in a ferryboat called "Lobo Marinho". There you take a island tour with a guide, then is lunch time and in the afternoon you can visit the center and also go to the beach.
the city of porto santo in porto santo island
very small town with all that can be found in an average one. supose with no nocturnal interests a disc and a couple of bars. and very few other offers touristic wise and otherwise. but a very charming one.
This peak offers an view of the island. An small fort ("the castle") was built here, to defend the island against pirate attacks. The single remain of it is a cannon, dating from the reing of Phillip II (the Spanish king).
A forest reserve has been created in Porto Santo to fight erosion, with millions of trees planted. Already a large cloak of green can be see spreading across Pico do Facho, Gandaia, Sítios dos Morenos and Serra de Dentro.
The best reason to visit Porto Santo. 9 km of yellow sand with renown terapeutical properties. Water is about 22/23 C all year round...
The water is limpid and clear, and natural marine landscape and wildlife remain untouched.
Porto Santo’s beach is renown for the therapeutic properties of its sand, there is a special resort on the island that applies this sand in its treatments. If its peace of mind and relaxation you require the blue waters and calm inhabitants of Porto Santo are sure to give you just that.
I shoulden't say this but it is still not crowded with tourists.
Play time! Water sports naturally feature high on the island’s activities. Diving, swimming, sailing, jet ski, canoeing, water-ski, fishing and a whole range of other features are explored to the limits in these crystal clear waters.
Bartolomeu Perestrelo, an astute Italian, became Governor of the island. Christopher Columbus came to Porto Santo in 1478 probably to see Perestrelo, also from Genoa. Columbus met his daughter Filipa Moniz and the two were married in 1479, but Filipa died soon after while giving birth to their son
The church was founded as a small chapel (1420-46) of which nothing is left. A 16th century painting serves as altarpiece.
Columbus's house is located just behind the church. After a major restoration The Columbus Museum (Casa Colombo) opened in 1989.
Baleira village is the capital of Porto Santo island. Christopher Columbus came to Porto Santo in 1478, just to buy sugar. He married Felipa Moniz Perestrelo, the governor's daughter.
After a couple of years at Porto Santo, Columbus moved to Madeira where he studied navigation and prepared for what became the most famous discovery of all times.
On this summit a small fort was built during the 16th century to provide defence against the frequent invasions of French and Algerian pirates. The viewpoint offers an extraordinary panorama over Porto Santo.
This small island has rich limestone formations. Its hillsides are full of caves that give access to several underground galleries. Between this small island and the Ponta da Calheta is the 400m wide Boqueirão de Baixo that can only be crossed by small boats when the sea is calm.
You can view this natural beautifull at Ana Ferreira peak. The clear blue waters around the island are simply beautifull. Worth the visit!
The museum is in two buildings. The oldest dates from the period when the navigator was living on the island. There are some portraits of Columbus on display, dating from the 16th and the 20th centuries, and also maps with the different routes he sailed on his voyages of discovery.
One of the main expressions of traditional architecture on the island are the salão houses. These simple centuries-old buildings are still visible today. Their unique feature is the roofing made of salão, because of the weather conditions and the limited resources for building the island provides.