The most important attractions in Porto Santo

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The most interesting sights of Porto Santo, you can visit if you are planning a trip to Madeira. With a length of 12 km and 6 km wide, Porto Santo is the second largest island in the archipelago of Madeira. It is located approximately 46 kilometers northeast of the Big Island and almost 800 kilometers southwest of the coast of Portugal.

Unlike the more densely populated island of Madeira, Porto Santo is home to only 4,500 people. The small population of the island is scattered in several small villages, most of which is homonymous town of Porto Santo, located on the southern coast. The island's history began in 1418 when the Portuguese explorer Joao Goncalves Zarku accidentally stumbled upon here during a heavy storm in the Atlantic. Like all other islands in the archipelago, Porto Santo was completely uninhabitable.

A year later, in 1419th began to arrive early settlers, but they were attracted more by the larger neighboring island of Madeira, because it offered fresh water, and greater opportunities for agriculture. Porto Santo is known that here you will find the most beautiful beaches in the archipelago of Madeira. Virtually the entire southern coast of the island is occupied by a beautiful beach with a length of over 8.5 kilometers. He has beautiful golden sand and attracts large number of tourists hungry for sun, especially from northern Europe. Northern coast of Porto Santo is completely different from the south. Bookmark and Share

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Natural attractions in Porto Santo

The coastline is rocky, beaches almost completely absent, and the waves rushing over the jagged coastline even when the wind is not very strong. Clean blue waters that surround Porto Santo, in combination with whimsical and colorful sea creatures make the island an attractive destination for all who love to dive. If clear water and variety of marine animals are not reason enough to dive into the ocean, probably will attract the remains of the ship that was intentionally sunk in the Atlantic to attract divers from near and far.

The landscape of Porto Santo is mostly dry, devoid of rivers and lakes and is quite different from that of the big island of Madeira. Here prevail open areas with hilly terrain and low altitude, covered with sparse herbaceous vegetation. In some places stand out silhouettes of giant turbines to produce electricity from wind. More greenery is only in the vicinity of Pico Castelo (438 meters) and Pico to Fasci (517 meters).

These are also the highest points on the island. Located in the northeast of Porto Santo and circuses offer views over the island. The landscape and the landscape of Porto Santo have created excellent conditions for the construction of superb golf courses.

The island is an attractive golf destination globally, and bright green fields stand strong ambient yellow-gold landscape. The climate in Porto Santo is subtropical ocean. Summer is warm but not hot. Winters are usually cool. In windy and wet days it can seem even cold. Getting to Porto Santo?

The easiest way to get to Porto Santo is a flight to the international airport of Madeira and from there you can take daily ferry that travels from Funchal to Porto Santo each morning. Although it is small and sparsely populated, the island offers many things worth seeing. The house-museum of Christopher Columbus is perhaps the biggest attraction of Porto Santo. Be sure to climb and the stone path to Pico Castelo, where locals once watched on pirate ships.

Quinta das Palmeiras is a small botanical garden that holds incredible appeal for asylum shade and exotic tourists. It is a haven of greenery in the middle of the arid landscapes of the island. It is recommended to visit also Fonte to Areia - a rock formation sculpted by the forces of nature.

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