You can visit Porto Santo Island either by boat or by plane. The boat trip takes around 2h30, leaving early in the morning and returning at dusk.
The plane trip takes between 15 and 20 minutes and there are several daily connections. The best way to get to know the island is to admire the panoramic views from its stunning viewpoints. One of the most emblematic is the Portela viewpoint, surrounded by three windmills. To the west, we see the beach and the Islet of Cal; to the east, we see the conical form of Pico de Baixo, the Islet of Cima, the harbour and the marina. You can also climb (around 3h30 to and return) to the top of Pico Castelo (PS PR2 - Vereda do Pico do Castelo), at 437 metres above sea level and providing an
exceptional view of Porto Santo. Another of the walks recommended on this island is the PS PR 1 - Vereda do Pico Branco and Terra Chã (around 3h to and return), which allows you to see a large part of the island.
Admire the unique shape of Pico de Ana Ferreira, composed of irregular prismatic columns, formed by the slow cooling of magma. Nearby, you will find Porto Santo golf course. Offering superb views, this course presents unique challenges and optimal year-round conditions for playing golf. Don’t miss a visit to Calheta, let yourself be carried away by the magical sound of the waves as you contemplate this idyllic beauty.
The primitive allure of the landscape charms all those who decide to walk or pedal along the trails and footpaths of the island. In the centre of Vila Baleira, you must try a”lambeca,” one of the typical
ice creams of the island. Visit the Christopher Columbus Museum House, which marks the presence on the island of the man who discovered America, recreating the primitive surroundings in which the explorer lived. Take the opportunity to try the typical gastronomy of Porto Santo in one of the island’s restaurants.
Relax on the island´s 9 km fine golden sand beach which is perfect for sunbathing and swimming. You can also enjoy natural treatments in the thalassotherapy centre, as the sand of Porto Santo has therapeutic qualities.
Take long walks in the sand, practice aquatic sports, refresh yourself in the crystalline waters and enjoy a drink or meal in one of the beach bars. The tranquility of this island along with the beauty of its fine sandy beach and the perfectly clear seawater, turns Porto Santo into a truly special and destination - not to be missed!