If you’re searching for a serene get-away, look no further than Porto Santo.
With the sun on your back, unwind with a stroll along the beach to Ponta da Calheta. Or explore the town centre, wandering into its gardens, relaxing in its cafés, and experiencing the friendliness of the local people. The more curious tourist can also visit the house where Christopher Columbus lived.
If you have children, don’t miss a visit to the Quinta das Palmeiras, where you will discover a mini zoo and mini botanical garden.
Roam around the island, taking in the stunning views: Portela, surrounded by windmills; Pedreira on Pico Ana Ferreira, with a beautiful panoramic view over the golf course; and at the western end of the island, the Miradouro das Flores, overlooking Madeira and the Desertas islands.
Fonte da Areia, where the water that falls on to the rocks has caused erosion, is also worth a visit. And Zimbralinho, a small port in the south-west of the island, is a picture of beauty.
By off-roader, bicycle or even on foot meanwhile, pop along to the Pico do Facho. At 517 metres it’s the highest peak on the island. And if you’re still feeling active why not go and see the Pico do Castelo? The enclosed valleys and islets appear to have been scattered around the island almost like seeds.