Porto Santo is love at first sight. This island of singular beauty is safe and welcoming. It has beautiful beaches of fine golden sand, islets of different shapes, virgin mountains and a tranquil, turquoise sea. One can breathe in the surrounding calmness and well-being.

A holiday at Porto Santo is made of peace and days well spent at the beach. You eat good fish and the local fruit is delicious. The more active visitors find water sports, hiking and other adventures through its mountains and peaks. Do you need any more reasons to travel to this destination? Discover 5 reasons to visit Porto Santo:

 

1.Beach all year round in Porto Santo

Porto Santo is known for its mild climate. You are likely to find 4 seasons in a single day, or sunny  days and blue skies (even in winter). The sea water has average temperatures of 20º C and offers ideal conditions to go to the beach all year round! There are also natural pools in Porto Santo located at Porto das Salemas and they are paradisiacal!

 

2.Health and well-being

Porto Santo sea and sand are blessed with health-enhancing properties. If you are looking for total relaxation, you can try seawater treatments in the Thalassotherapy centre. Cover yourself with Porto Santo warm sands, whose properties prevent osteoarticular diseases (psamotherapy). There are specialized spas, all year round, namely in Vila Baleira Hotel and Hotel Porto Santo.

 

3.Local gastronomy

Lapas (limpets), skipjack, tuna and octopus are some of the local specialities, not forgetting the “bolo do caco” bread, the roasted biscuits and the ice cream – the unforgettable “lambecas” right in the centre of the city!

As for the fruits, taste the grapes, the figs, the watermelons, the melons as well as typical sweets like the rosquilhas, the #Capelas de São João” and the molasses cookies.

 

4.Sports / Nature Activities

If you enjoy hiking, you will love walking through the Vereda do Pico Branco and Terra Chã, the Vereda do Pico do Castelo or the Levada do Pico Castelo. Diving is another highlight, thanks to good visibility up to about 40 meters deep and artificial reefs. Golf, surfing, SUP, windsurfing, free snorkelling, Jeep and boat trips – there are several activities you can not miss in Porto Santo!

 

5.Columbus Festival

Did you know that Christopher Columbus used to live in Porto Santo? Besides visiting his House-Museum, there is a Festival dedicated entirely to the sixteenth century, with theatre, music, and street entertainment. It happens over 3 days in September – learn more here.

 

How to get to Porto Santo?

You can go by plane (the trip from Funchal, has an average duration of 20 minutes). There are also direct flights from Lisbon or from countries such as the United Kingdom or Germany. In case you opt for the ferry boat Lobo Marinho, the journey Funchal – Porto Santo takes about 2h30