PORTO SANTO ISLAND
Porto Santo is an island belonging to the Madeira Archipelago (500 Km from the African East Coast), around 50Km northeast of Madeira itself. Referred to as the ‘Golden Island’, Porto Santo is around 42 sq. Km in size.
Characterised by seemingly infinite stretches of golden beach, the island is surrounded by a transparent turquoise warm sea. Whilst being located within the archipelago of Madeira, Porto Santo is a completely different experience. Madeira, with it’s lush green scenery is contrasted by Porto Santo’s endless beaches and calcareous and limestone rock features. Covered in peaks, the tallest of which is ‘Pico do Facho’ at 517m, the island boasts superb vistas and views.
Porto Santo is not only coveted as a beach resort destination, but also that of a place of healing. The sand on the island is said to possess healing properties, it’s soft grains containing healing organic matter with a carbonated chemical composition.
As a result of the island’s isolation, many of the traditions of the first settlers are still maintained to this day, allowing for not only a relaxing and healing experience, but a cultural one too.
Another major draw to the island of Porto Santo is it’s year round moderate climate. Temperatures hover between 18°C and 22°C, making the island perfectly pleasant year round.
For the golfers out there, Porto Santo boasts an 18 hole course running alongside 9 Km of stunning white beach, the course follows the island’s dynamic coastline allowing for stunning views spanning your entire round. Designed by Spanish golfing champion Severiano Ballesteros and opened in 2004, the course features two contrasting playing areas, the southern course is laid out in the style of the most traditional American golf courses, playing home to various lakes, with the beach as a picturesque backdrop. The northern course is situated in close proximity to high sea cliffs and is a true links course.
Other popular activities on Porto Santo are walking, climbing, game fishing, diving, sailing, canoeing, jet skiing, windsurfing and other water sports, horse riding, safaris, hang gliding and paragliding, and cycling. There is something for everyone on Porto Santo.