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Make a holiday rental, home, or cottage in Porto Santo, Portugal your home away from home

Holidaymakers looking for an idyllic island retreat won’t be disappointed by the beautiful island of Porto Santo. Located 23 miles to the north east of Madeira in the Atlantic Ocean, this Portuguese territory has plenty of interesting things for tourists to do. Here visitors will find numerous different places to stay including self catering accommodation, villas and apartments.

Things to do on holiday to Porto Santo, Portugal

Porto Santo is a great spot for families and sunbathers with a long sandy beach stretching over nine kilometres from Vila Baleira to Ponta de Calheta. The sands here are said to have healing qualities. The island is quite flat so there are not too many peaks to climb for hikers, although there are many pleasant walks to be found. The best way to get around this small island is to hire a bike as it is only 11 kilometres long and 7 kilometres wide.

The sea is warm enough to swim in for much of the year and game fishing is very popular in the clear waters here. Watersports are offered here too including canoeing, rowing, sailing, jet-ski, water skiing, windsurfing and kite surfing. An 18-hole golf course designed by Severiano Ballesteros stretches across the island and there is also a driving range and a nine-hole pitch and putt.

There are a few restaurant, bars and cafes on the island serving specialities such as meat on the spit, grilled chicken and octopus rice. The island has plenty of lively places for the evenings with Penedo do Sono offering restaurants, bars and clubs open until late. Shops are limited but there are a couple of supermarkets for self catering holidaymakers to stock up on food and drink.

Places to visit on holiday to Porto Santo, Portugal

There are a small number of places to visit on the island should visitors need a break from sunbathing or sporting activities. Attractions here include Quinta das Palmeiras, which features exotic plants and birds. Meanwhile Casa Museu Cristovao and Cardina Museum are other interesting places for that rare rainy day.

A ferry takes passengers to Funchal in Madeira and back each day. There are many shops and markets in Funchal as well as restaurants. A cable car takes visitors to the top of the mountain where there are some beautiful gardens to wander around, not to mention spectacular views.

Weather in Porto Santo, Portugal

As with much of Europe the hottest time of year on Porto Santo is July and August with an average temperature of approximately 23 to 24 degrees centigrade. During this period there are about eight hours of sunshine per day. Porto Santo experiences very little temperature fluctuation during the year. Rainfall on the island is much less than on neighbouring Madeira.

Travel to Porto Santo, Portugal

There are direct flights to the island of Porto Santo from Funchal, Lisbon and London-Gatwick. Alternatively visitors can take a flight to Funchal, the Madeira capital, which has flights to and from more cities including Amsterdam, Brussels, London, Manchester, Munich and Paris as well as several other cities. A ferry carries passengers once a day from Funchal to Porto Santo.

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                                                                                            Recent Reviews

                                                                                            Paradise

                                                                                            4 of 5
                                                                                            Porto Santo is a Little paradise and we enjoyed our Holiday very much. The golden beach and the karibien colours of the water is wonderfull. Villa Mary was comfortable,quiet and the view was great.Even Mr. Quintino was very kind .
                                                                                            • Review Submitted: 16-Jun-2016
                                                                                            • Date of Stay: May 2016

                                                                                            Fantastic house with the best sea view

                                                                                            5 of 5
                                                                                            We stayed in Maria’s house from December 15 to February 16 and had a fantastic time in Porto Santo. The house is exactly as described. We were warmly welcomed in Madeira by Maria and in Porto Santo by the 2 Claudias. They are the contact in Porto Santo and looking after the house. The property was spotless clean and we got an introduction of the entire house with the washing machine, the gas for hot water, the BBQ etc. and a lot of tips which made life easier on the island. We can strongly recommend the house to all interested parties. Our plan was to relax and get new power for the future. That plan worked perfectly. We played a lot of golf in the Porto Santo Golf Club. There are some nice restaurants on the island, but quite a lot are closed in winter time. Our favorite restaurants were Torres, Casa d’Avo and Vila Alencastre. But mostly we had dinner at home looking over the sea and enjoyed life. We highly support the comments from the other reviewers, who liked this house as much as we did. We will be back next year.
                                                                                            • Review Submitted: 17-Feb-2016
                                                                                            • Date of Stay: Dec 2015

                                                                                            Perfect place to relax with a wonderful view

                                                                                            5 of 5
                                                                                            The apartment is modern, clean and very well equipped with everything we needed for our 10 day stay. The owner was very friendly and helpful. The area is quiet but close enough to walk into the centre of the town. The view from the balcony is wonderful. You can even watch the sunrise over the sea! We were looking for a peaceful relaxing time and we found it. I'm sure we will return!
                                                                                            • Review Submitted: 23-Dec-2015
                                                                                            • Date of Stay: Dec 2015