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Porto Santo Ferry

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Porto Santo Ferry

Iv'e been to Madeira loads of times but never took the ferry to Porto Santo. Is it worth going? What is there to see when you get there? Any other tips? Going to Madeira again in August. Thanks

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1. Re: Porto Santo Ferry

Well Porto Santo is complety different from Madeira:

First it has an 9Km beach... :-) :-) with golden sands, and almost nobody.

Second is very small, on morning you can see it all.

So it will be a nice trip but not much else if you don't want to be at the beach.

I think the ferry takes 2h45m and the plane is around 20m.

Hope this helps.

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For the most part of the year Porto Santo is quiet as described above. August, however, is very, very busy. August until the first two weeks in September is the Portuguese holiday season and they flock to Porto Santo in their droves.

They have recently opened a golf course(18 holes) which is supposed to be splendid if you enjoy a round. There's a Columbus museum to visit. Island tours available and of course, the unforgettable golden sands of the beach.

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Thanks for the advice. We are going in the first two weeks of August to Porto Mare hotel. Maybe I will rethink the visit to Porto Santo if, as said above, it is going to be really busy. Thanks again.

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4. Re: Porto Santo Ferry

Please don't be put off going by the descriptions of 'busy'! It is busier but although the ship gets pretty full it is still well worth going.Make sure you book your ferry tickets a few days ahead.

Best Wishes

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5. Re: Porto Santo Ferry

Thanks Canico, we will check it out when we get there.

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6. Re: Porto Santo Ferry

Hi Madeira-regular,

I was out there August last year. We stayed for about 3 days. Its not busy compared to most standards. The beach for example is never as busy as say the beaches of costa del sol where you struggle to get a spot to lay your towel. The busy bit of the beach is right by the main town and even so its fine. Beach is beautiful, and in a natural setting. You can do a day trip but as long as you are prepared for the ferry crosing both ways.

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7. Re: Porto Santo Ferry

Thanks Santosc. I think we are swinging back round to the idea again. Would you take a beach umbrella? I'm told there is no shade.

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I would if you can get one. As you can imagine its not a commercialised beach so you dont your usual umbrellas for rental on the beach-unless they add it on for this next summer!!

There's no trees as such as its shall we say a desert beach setting so you will not find trees along the beach either.

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Thanks again!

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10. Re: Porto Santo Ferry

I've been to Porto Santo several times. One of the most fun things I enjoy is renting a moped and riding all over the island. Get a map and take all the little roads everywhere. You can do it all in a day easy. There are some beautiful spots and lookouts. When you get to the north end you'll come to a dirt road/trail. You can take this and it's a lot shorter back to town. You do need to be careful. Some of the road is sandy and bumpy. There is a beautiful secluded beach you can climb down to. My favorite place on the island is this little cafe at the very south tip of the island. The area is called Ponta da Calheta. What a spot! Be sure to go there while you are driving the moped around. Moped rental is available on the main road thru town, a couple blocks south of downtown on the right hand side.

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