Porto Santo Island Travel Guide

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    Island view.
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    Nossa Senhora da Piedade
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Porto Santo Island Highlights

  • Pro
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     Climate Beach People 

  • Con
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     Besides the beach not much to do on the island 

  • In a nutshell
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     the 'Caribe' from Europe!! 

Porto Santo Island Things to Do

  • Church of Nossa Senhora da Piedade

    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.

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  • golden sand beach

    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.

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  • touring porto santo

    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...

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  • the city

    __________________________________________________the city of porto santo in porto santo islandvery 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._______________________________________________

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  • Pico Castelo

    On top of this hill, a small fortress was built, during the 16th century, to face the french and algerian pirates.Today, the site allows us to have a magnificent view over the island.

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  • Ilhéu de Cima Lighthouse

    Every ship arriving to the archipelago when coming from the east will see this lighthouse before anything else.It's located in a very small island just a few yards from Porto Santo Island

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  • The Beach

    Porto Santo beach is 9Km long, with golden sand, with a blue and calm sea, where the name Golden Island comes from.This beach is also known due to the healing properties of its sand.

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  • Pico do Castelo (Castle's peak)

    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).

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  • Porto Santo mountains

    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.

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Porto Santo Island Hotels

Porto Santo Island Restaurants

  • Nice place for a lunch stop

    After a tour of Porto Santo island our taxi driver (Alberto) suggested that we stopped for lunch at this restaurant.A good choice,as it was popular with the locals and the tables were set outside.A varied menu which consisted of a steak sandwich up to a fresh seafood dish.Service was good and friendly.

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  • By the sea

    This is one of the best restaurants in Porto Santo Island. Having dinner here is fantastic, many candles will light your dinner on the beach. The environment is really perfect.

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  • a restaurant directly at the sea

    it's a restaurant directly at the beach.in a style like caribian restaurants.modern design, good people, fantastic meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. ....hmmmm? too much!

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  • Excellent Selection and service with a...

    Just had to review this restaurant/cafe because the last review (a year ago) is so unfair - and if it ever was anything but malicious is certainly not true now. We found this place by chance and ate there 7 times at lunch during our stay - never let down with choice or quality (and any variation you want on cooking - e.g. grill not fry seems not to...

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  • I wouldn't return to this restaurant

    We visited this restaurant earlier this year and would not recomend it! The food was not good, and the general presentation of the place was terrible. The floor was dirty, the staff loud (we could hear arguments coming from the kitchen) and my partner was ill the following morning.There isn't much to do on this little island other than eat out, and...

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  • New & Improved Mar E Sol

    Restaurant Name: Mar E SolFantastic New Look! Clean, Fresh and under new management! Had a brilliant vibe and food was delicious. accomodated the whole family, seats were available for my children. Outside area is fenced so felt comfortable for the children to play along side us. Right on the beach so very relaxed, music in the background, really...

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Porto Santo Island Nightlife

  • Be free to choose

    Nightlife in Porto Santo only exists during the month of August (in a scale that I can call it nightlife).The best place to be is in the docks (as I call it). It's a place with several bars and discos one after another. It's possible to listen to live music, latin music, techno and dance music. Places like Luisinho's, Taxei, Challenger or others...

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  • Challenger and Big Boy

    I had so much fun in Calleenger disco! There, the first time me and my friends first danced Macarena. I'll never forget these discos. Small but great!

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  • Beach Pub

    Fantastic music all night at this pub. If you like Salsa then this is your place in the island. Nice Mexican drinks and also beautifull people. I had a great time here. As you wish! ;)

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Porto Santo Island Transportation

  • Porto Santo ferry- Madeira to Porto...

    While on Madeira why not take the 2.5 hour ferry crossing to Porto Santo,a distance of some 75 kms.The spacious ferry comes with restaurants,shops and a cinema.The ship leaves Funchal,Madeira at 8am and leaves Porto Santo for the return at 6pm.Cost of trip is 46.35 euros +fuel surcharge at time of booking.Bicycles can be booked on the ferry,and...

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  • Ferry or Plane?

    I went over on the ferry from Madeira - it leaves at around 8am, arrives around 10.30 to 11am. The crossing was wonderful. I was sailing to a remote paradise. - which was slowly coming into view. The ferry was largely empty. I have to say tho that on the way back - the crossing was very rough out in the middle between Porto Santo and Madeira. One...

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  • island coach tour

    The coach tour of the island, lasting a couple of hours, leaves the main town at 2pm each day. It is great value.

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Porto Santo Island Local Customs

  • Grapes sellers

    In the streets of Baleira village men sell grapes in the streets, the grapes are totaly diferent from Madeira ones due to the dry terrains and the hot climate. Try them, realy nice taste.

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  • Palm tree and shell handicrafts

    Porto Santo has a wonderfull 9km beach. So, it's quite easy to fing shells and other sea things. Locals use it to built handicrafts. Nice work!

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  • Outdoor cafes

    In Vila Baleira you will find several cafes with tables both outdoor and inside.As long as weather allows, you should seat outside and enjoy the sun and drink a"Brisa " (breeze), a passion fruit drink made in Madeira Island.

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Porto Santo Island Tourist Traps

  • Centro Hippico lousy food high prices

    Centro hippico (the only horse range on the island) lures you with a free horse carriage trip from your hotel to the place. However they do not transport you back! After 10 p.m. there is no way to get another transport and you`ll have to walk. Our food (christmas day!) was lukewarm, re-heated and overcharged. After paying the host turn suddenly...

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  • Fountains

    Porto santo is famous for its fountains. In a so barren island it is always pleasant to have water close to you. :)

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Porto Santo Island Off The Beaten Path

  • Porto Santo

    Amazingly different from the island of Madeira. Almost no vegetation at all. The southern coast is bordered by a 9 Kms. long beach with golden, soft sand.A day on this island was enough.

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  • Include a trip to Porto Santo

    If you love sandy beaches you wouldnt find any in Madeira but by taking the ferry to Porto Santo you can enjoy the cruise see the coast line of Madeira and spend a day at the beach

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  • Fonte da areia

    Fonte da areia or "Sand fountain" on an island with strictly controlled supply of water, natural sources are extremely valuable. In the olden days this source had the purest water in the island and was used for medical treatments. By all accounts it was considered sacred by the local people. The water is hardly the same today. However, the action...

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Porto Santo Island Sports & Outdoors

  • Outdoor sports

    The island is small, however you can practice a lot of sports.1. Cycling - There's not much traffic and the vehicules you see they always go very slow. As Porto Santo does not have many hills, cycling is a very popular way to explore the island. Pedalling pleasantly and gently along, effortlessly discover this island.2. Swimming - The water at sea...

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  • Volleyball

    In July there's the Portuguese Beach Voleyball tournament. A great event that you should not miss when visiting the island. You can also use the nets all year round for free. Only the ball! :)

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  • Airport

    You have an excellent view of the airport from the ship on the way to Porto Santo.10 km long, gold-yellow sand beach makes Santo an attractive beach resort also known as "Ilha Dourada", golden island. In August the beach is the goal of many Madeirans and Portuguese, the remaining months you can have the beach to yourself. Within three-hours by taxi...

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  • king kong head

    If you look sharp, that rock in the midle of the atlantic ocean 5 miles south of the main island yu can see the shape of a monkey designed there. king kong head in fact . a very curious rock shaped by nature and the strengh of the waves all over the years.

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  • A day in Porto Santo

    When in Madeira I would suggest a day trip to Porto Santo. First of all it offers a beautiful sandy beach and of course the ferry trip which gives you the opportunity of seeing Madeira from the ship Madeira with its rugged coastline.Besides the beach there is not much to do and see. It is really a desert island It was hot and there was not much...

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