Porto Santo is the smaller of the inhabited islands of the Madeira Archipelago. It lies in the Atlantic Ocean, at the South-western tip of Europe, about 500 km from the coast of Africa and 1000 km from Continental Europe. It takes around 1hr 30 min to fly from Lisbon to Porto Santo Island.
Geography and Geology
Porto Santo is the second largest island of the Autonomous Region of Madeira. This Portuguese municipality has 42.48 km² and its capital is the city of Vila Baleira.
Vila Baleira was elevated to town on the 6th of August 1996.
The main industry on the island of Porto Santo is tourism, based on the attractive beach and mild climate.
Porto Santo has 5,483 inhabitants (2011) and has a population density of 129.07 inhab./Km².
As in Madeira Island, the population of Porto Santo tends to follow Roman Catholicism. Porto Santo belongs to the Diocese of Funchal, whose bishop is António José Cavaco.