Things to do in Porto Santo, Madeira archipelago
Things to do in Porto Santo are varied. The 9 km beach is on top of the highlights but the walk routes, golf, diving and the museums are other great options
Of course one of my favourite things to do in Porto Santo is to relax, lay down under the sun and enjoy the magnificent Atlantic waters that border the Island. After all, Porto Santo offers a sandy beach with 9 km long. However, there are other options equally appealing.
Top things to do in Porto Santo
Golfing is one of the most sought things to do in Porto Santo. The golf course was design by the famed golfer Severiano Ballesteros. This 18 holes course stretches across the island. It combines breathtaking views with a challenging game. It houses one of my favourite restaurants in Porto Santo.
Altough Porto Santo’s beach is the perfect scenery for great strolls or jogs, the island offers other walking destinations. How about climbing up Pico do Castelo for a picnic or walking around Pico do Facho, Porto Santo’s highest point?
The path from Pico Branco to Terra Chã is another wonderful option for those who like to walk. Another one is climbing up Pico de Ana Ferreira as on the way hikers may observe unique volcanic structures. Local tourist office, in the Centro de Artesanato, on the coast road, offers further information on several walks.
If you get tired of the beach you can always find out more on the island at the Cardina Museum in Camacha village. One of the most popular things to do in Porto Santo is a visit to Casa Museu Cristovão Colombo, the house where Christopher Columbus lived during his stay in Porto Santo.
Photo by Galeria de nfcastro
Diving on the calm and warm waters of the Atlantic that surround the Island is one of the top things to do in Porto Santo. The best diving spot is the cargo ship Madeirense, sunk about a mile off shore. To explore all the wonders below the surface, contact Porto Santo Sub or Rhea Dive Center.