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Vereda do Pico Branco e Terra Chã

Porto Santo trails – Vereda do Pico Branco e Terra Chã

Porto Santo trails – Vereda do Pico Branco and Terra Chã Last weekend, we took a trip to Porto Santo. We were in need of its peace. We walked from the boat to the hotel Praia Dourada – 40 minutes walk by the sea. We could see the reflection of the moon in the ocean, listen to the waves and see stars in the sky. We even sang along a few Queen songs (since we recently saw the Bohemian Rhapsody movie). On the next morning, our deserved rest arrived. We were deep in sleep after a busy week. Despite the 19ºC outside, there was wind and some rain, so we thought twice if we would do the Vereda do Pico Branco and Terra Chã – and I’m happy we went. How to get to Pico Branco and Terra Chã? To get at the trail’s beginning, you can drive to the path’s entrance, via Portela. It is easy to find – you’ll see a sign and place for parking. To get there from the centre of …

10 hotels & apartments to book in Porto Santo Island

Porto Santo. Sometimes finding the best hotel in Porto Santo Island can be challenging, specially if you are travelling with your family (pets included) or a group of friends. Luckily the scenery has changed recently and there are much more options available. Whether it is an all inclusive hotel, a beach house or an apartment the most important issues to take into consideration are comfort, location, access to the beach, price and the feeling of being welcomed. Here are some of my favourite picks of hotels, villas and apartments to book/rent in Porto Santo Island. Hotels: 1. Casa do Velho Dragoeiro (pet-friendly) This hotel is located in the center of Vila Baleira. Breakfast is served on the terrace overlooking the sea. The rooms are comfortable and the staff is very friendly, with great ratings. It has a good restaurant as well as the oldest dragon tree on the island, by the pool. Casa do Velho Dragoeiro, Porto Santo, Portugal 2. Pestana Porto Santo Beach Resort & SPA Pestana Hotels offer all-inclusive resorts where you can …

40 pictures that will make you want to visit Porto Santo Island

Porto Santo Island has always been my idea of paradise. Possibly yours too? Picture a 9 km long golden sand, deserted beaches, crystal clear blue waters in a volcanic island with around 5400 locals, where? In Europe, right in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, as part of Madeira Island Archipelago, Portugal. It is situated at a distance of 50 Km northeast from Madeira Island. Porto Santo measures 11 Km length and 6 km in width. The highest peak is ‘Pico do Facho’ with 517 mt. The moderate climate is felt all year round with average air temperature of 23ºC (summer) to 19ºC (winter) and a sea temperature from 22ºC (summer) to 17ºC (winter). However, when you mention Portugal as a destination to travellers, you tend to find most tourists heading to Algarve or to Lisbon, considered to be the 2nd best destination in Europe. However for the curious traveller who is willing to run away from the crowds to experience something exclusive, still undiscovered to the majority of the world, you will discover an …

A taste of Porto Santo Island…

Each time I reach this Island my body softens and my brain rests. Happy memories come to my mind. Friendship and love, discovery and madness, family and pleasure. It all comes back to me here. Time for reflexion… The beach is all over, covering with golden sand my feet. So soft that I prefer to lay in it and put my towel away. You can hear birds during the day and crickets during the night. The sound of the waves is like a lullaby. I fell asleep. The water is cold when you get in and warm when you get out. The shades of turquoise blue sea extend to the horizon and refects in my son’s eyes… You can hear laughs, songs and sighs of joy . The beach is long, perfect for a sunrise walk by the sea. Porto Santo tastes like figs and grapes and “bolo do caco”bread with butter for breakfast. It tastes like “lambecas”icecream and walks along the pier. Tastes like peace. Tastes like a holiday. Tastes good. For more information …