Located 900 km from Portugal and 90 km from Madeira Island, is one of the most spectacular Island in the Atlantic. The island of Porto Santo known as the “golden island” for many, this name does not come out of nowhere, as the quality of landscapes is spectacular as well as the amount of different sands, some for relaxing and others with therapeutic powers that help anyone. Did you like what you read now? So hurry up and discover the best beaches on Porto Santo!
How to get
To get to Porto Santo you have availability by plane from the airport of Madeira, Porto and Lisbon. For those who like to go by boat with the Porto Santo Line on the Lobo Marinho which also transports cars. Travel time is around 2.5 hours.
Ponta da Calheta Beach
We started off on the right foot and went to Ponta da Calheta beach in the southern part of Porto Santo, it is certainly one of the best, as it is accompanied by a more agitated tide. It provides good diving and is also constantly accompanied by good landscapes where on days with good sun you can enjoy the beautiful island of Madeira in its entirety.
+info: To get to this beach you need a car via the ER 120 road, which takes no more than 7 / 8 minutes from the main point of the island which is Vila Baleira. If you want another option, you can go on foot and you can choose the pedestrian path or go along the extensive 9km beach in the southern part of Porto Santo, as Calheta beach is in the extreme southwest. The different ways to get there will obviously be your choice.
Praia da Fontinha is approximately 720 m long, bordering Pedras Pretas beach. This is the beach that is usually full of locals and visitors, motivated by the hours of sunshine and the beauty of the sand. It also presents somewhat unusual natural conditions, as its fine sand is known for the therapeutic properties it has, scientifically proven for the treatment of rheumatic and orthopedic problems. This beach has the Blue Flag. Fontinha beach has several things such parking, toilets, changing rooms, lockers, a restaurant area, umbrellas, sun loungers and a first-aid station.
+info: To get to this beach, just go to the main point of the island, which is Vila Baleira, because that’s where it is. Of all the beaches on this list, it is the easiest to get to, as it is located on the coast of the main point, so you only need to walk 1 minute or 2 to get there.
Porto dos Frades
Porto dos Frades have practically unique characteristics, as their charm is on another level. Due to the rock formations of that place, it is possible to enjoy a more agitated tide and you will be able to appreciate the ocean in all its splendor. Certainly a unique opportunity for those who like to enjoy a good beach.
+info: To get to this beach you need a caro n the ER 233 road, which takes no more than 10 / 12 minutes from the main point of the Island, which is Vila Baleira, and then head to Serra de Fora in the east, having to go some dirt road. Then you will have a sign indicating the direction where you have to walk, and you will have a short walk.
Praia do Zimbralinho is characterized by the geological formation that surrounds it and also for being a more natural beach of basaltic stones. Not all of Porto Santo Island is composed of metamorphic clays and sands, so some beaches are similar to those of Madeira Island. Despite everything, no one takes away the feeling and beauty that is felt on that beach, it will definitely be worth your time!
+info: To reach this beach, you need a car on the ER 120 road, which takes no more than 9 / 10 minutes from the main point of the island, which is Vila Baleira, and then head to the Miradouro das Flores in the south. at the end you will have to use the dirt road to go to this viewpoint. Then you will have a sign indicating the direction where you have to walk, and you will have a walk of approximately 6 km with a duration of 2 hours. You can be sure that the effort you put in will pay off.
Salema Natural Pool
Ending here with our list, but not the same important, this natural pool is another that has characteristics similar to the natural pools of Porto Moniz, due to its constitution that makes the geological formations fill with water, providing practically a unique thing. Being able to enjoy the ocean while relaxing, it certainly doesn’t get any better.
+info: To get to this beach, you need a car on the ER 111 road, which takes no more than 10 / 15 minutes from the main point of the island, which is Vila Baleira, and then head to Camacha in the north, having to go through some roads. of land. Then you will have a sign indicating the direction where you have to walk, and you will have a walk.
Some points to consider:
- Some beaches have limited access;
- It is recommended to bring food and water;
- Appropriate clothing and avoid slippers;
- Whenever possible, go with someone and get some more information from the locals;
- Sometimes go at low tide, because the sea in the north is usually very rough, so unpleasant situations can occur.
Now you know the best beaches on Porto Santo. Go to visit the golden island.
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