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Porto Santo, Madeira

Porto Santo was the first Portuguese discovery in the 15th century. This island marked the beginning of the great age of the discoveries launched by Prince Henry the Navigator. Years later, Christopher Columbus stayed on the island for a while and prepared his voyage of discovery to America.

Porto Santo was discovered in1418 by the Portuguese mariners João Gonçalves Zarco, Tristão Vaz Teixeira and Bartolomeu Perestrelo, who was later appointed the first Capitão Donatário of the island.

Some years later, Christopher Columbus stayed on the island for a while and married one of Perestrelo’s daughters.
In 1446, Prince Henry the Navigator donated Porto Santo to Perestrelo. It was promoted to municipality in 1835.
In August 1996, its capital, Vila Baleira, was made a city.

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  • There’s a new golf course in Porto Santo where you can discover unique challenges while playing amidst breathtaking scenery.
    Surrounded by serene countryside and enveloped in a sea breeze, the Porto Santo Golf Course has everything you need to play golf the whole year round.

    [Porto Santo - Golf ]
  • On an island surrounded by an immense, translucent ocean full of life and excitement, it is hard to decide on the most exhilarating activity to help us make the most of this gift of nature.

    With average temperatures between 19ºC and 23ºC, it delights all those that succumb to its temptations.

    [Porto Santo - Activities...On the Sea ]
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