We at The Co-operative Travel recommend Porto Santo to all couples or families who want a holiday in tranquil, beautiful surroundings. Secluded and peaceful, with 9 km of golden sandy beaches and numerous rocky inlets, Porto Santo is the perfect place for couples seeking a relaxing holiday in a Mediterranean-style climate. For those considering a quiet holiday off the Portuguese coast, we at The Co-operative Travel suggest you look at our deals and offers in Porto Santo.
Until recently, the island was known only to local travellers from Madeira and Portugal. 37 km off the coast of Madeira, it is accessible only by ferry or local flights, and is still totally unspoilt. The scenic capital of Vila Baleira is practically a village, a total contrast to Madeira's capital of Funchal. Charming and unspoilt, an all-inclusive package here is perfect for a first or second honeymoon.
You will find the island mercifully free of party resorts and banging nightclubs. However, there's still plenty to do. The calm, crystal clear waters are perfect for swimming and snorkelling, and ideal for those just dipping their toe into the world of water sports. For golf-lovers, the island has two superb 18 and 9-hole golf courses, endorsed by none other than Severiano Ballesteros himself.
The island has a dramatic mountain backdrop formed from two extinct volcanoes, one at each end. These "horns" are perfect for hiking, but if you prefer to take the easier approach the island is lush and varied. Farms, forests and meadows are matched by craggy cliffs and dramatic rock formations, while for nature-lovers there are wild flowers, butterflies, birds and dolphins in abundance.
Porto Santo's main claim to fame though, is in its beaches, which are reportedly the best in Madeira. The 9 km stretch is perfect for evening strolls or relaxation, and the sands are said to have healing properties, curing everything from rheumatism to broken bones!
Many resorts are located around the capital of Vila Baleria, which is practically unchanged from when the island was discovered in the 16th century. Here you will find shops, bars and restaurants serving fresh local fish and other delicacies.
No holiday is complete without viewing the heritage attractions. These include the house and museum of Christopher Columbus, who lived in Madeira for most of his life. The lovely church of Nossa Senhora, the fortress of Pico do Castelo, and the lookout point at Portela are also worth a visit.
British couples are entranced by the island of Porto Santo from the moment they arrive. Our all-inclusive packages ensure you will be too.