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Porto Santo + Sustainability

UNESCO Biosphere Reserve

Porto Santo is part of the strict list of UNESCO’s World Network of Biosphere Reserves.

Of volcanic origin and full of unique and peculiar biodiversity, both at sea and on land, it develops as a sustainable territory and tourist destination, where natural and cultural values ​​are presented in a harmonious way.

What differentiates the island of Porto Santo from other territories is almost indescribable, Sit down…

With only 12km in length and 6km in maximum width, with Pico do facho being the highest point, at 517 meters high, Porto Santo has a lot to offer in terms of biodiversity and well-being.

Many elements of the island’s fauna and flora and its surrounding islets are unique in the world. Several species of reptiles and marine mammals live here, including the rarest seal in the world, called the Mediterranean monk seal (Monachus monachus), and the loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta).

A small paradise in the middle of the Atlantic, where well-preserved ecosystems reside and holders of species of exceptional interest in terms of biodiversity. Its enormous geological wealth, a sea of ​​recognized bathing quality with transparent and warm waters, 9 km of golden sand beach with thermal and therapeutic properties and its own cultural identity built over 600 years of settlement that is reflected in the history, traditions and cultural values ​​of its people, make Porto Santo part of UNESCO’s World Network of Biosphere Reserves. A treasure to preserve.

What is there to see?

There are several itinerary that take you through the real essence of Porto Santo.

Viewpoints with superb views and a panoramic swing, walks along trails buffeted by the sea air, or along trails with views that cover a large part of the island, the Atlantic Ocean and the arid cliffs, travel to the past and to old traditions and flavors, there are several hidden treasures. that this island has to offer. There are interesting hikes: the Pico Castelo Vereda and the Pico Branco and Terra Chã paths

There are many more challenging itineraries and more contemplative ones.

The Portela Viewpoint, the beach in Porto dos Frades, Ponta da Calheta, play golf or go whale and dolphin watching, experience a sunset on horseback, go diving. Strolling in Zimbralinho Bay while discovering underwater volcanic rocks in the translucent waters, diving in the natural pools of Porto das Salemas and swimming with fish are another of the proposals. Visit Quinta das Palmeiras, Fonte da Areira or the Flores Viewpoint.

Local craftsmanship

From straw hats and wallets made of palm leaves, to miniature agricultural tools made of wood, to pieces of clay, shells and whelks, the offer is varied.

Typical Gastronomy

The “bolo do caco” is unique. Grapes and figs are delicious. The tuna, the octopus and the grilled limpets are essential.

Also taste the “fragateira” (a kind of stew), the dried skipjack (made from cod), the honey bread, the toasted cookies and the typical “rosquilhas”.

Delight yourself with poncha, homemade liqueurs and wine produced on the island itself.

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