Porto Santo

Madeira’s smaller neighbour is the island of Porto Santo.

Not quite as well known here in the UK as Madeira, Porto Santo is a short flight or a half-day ferry ride from Funchal.

The island’s 9km long beach is one of Portugal’s best kept secrets – it rarely ever gets busy as there just aren’t enough people on the island to ever fill the beach.

Accommodation is key to a great holiday and the island has its share of all-inclusive hotels. We tend to prefer smaller, Madeiran-style hotels with spacious balcony rooms, quiet terraces, and direct access to the beach where you can spend your days swimming and soaking up some rays.

Wherever you decide to stay, Vila Baleira is never far away – it’s a friendly little town, with a nice selection of café bars and restaurants.

The warm waters off Porto Santo’s east coast are perfect for paddleboarding and for aspiring windsurfers to take a first lesson.

The island’s Porto Santo Golfe course was designed by Seve Ballesteros, and each hole is unique, designed with Seve’s great care and knowledge of the game.

Porto Santo

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