Madeira is a hugely popular destination for many UK travellers seeking some sunshine on an island filled with lush greenery, bohemian bars and cafes as well as crystal seas lapping onto sandy beaches. This popularity may not appeal to everyone, so why not take a trip to Porto Santo instead?
Part of the archipelago that includes Madeira, Porto Santo is one long beach which extents to a bit of island off it. Along its nine kilometres of soft white sands, you’ll find just a handful of hotels and restaurants, making Porto Santo one of the last ‘undiscovered’ resorts in Europe. If you are looking for that desert island escape and don't want to fly long haul, then this is certainly one for your list.
The unspoilt island of paradise also offers plenty of activities for those who like a more active escape. A rugged interior makes it perfect for long walks or hiking, while there are also opportunities to enjoy horse riding, a world class golf course and game fishing. For those interested in history, the island’s capital, Vila Baleira, offers an intriguing touch of it once being the home of Christopher Columbus.
While not the liveliest place on earth there are still a good number of bars, cafes and restaurants to indulge yourself in and a decent range of hotels to suit all tastes and budgets. Although the island does have its own airport, the most convenient option for many visitors is a flight into Madeira and a ferry over from there. If you are truly craving a little more nightlife, you could easily twin Porto Santo with sometime spent staying on it's more famous and busier neighbour Madeira, before you kick back and relax on your own piece of short-haul paradise.