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The small island of Porto Santo lies 21 miles northeast from Madeira, a two and a half hour trip by local ferry. Compared to Madeira, Porto Santo still remains largely unspoiled. Unlike its sister island, Porto Santo boasts beautiful sand beaches. Its climate is fairly predictable--dry and warm, with few differences in temperature between the seasons, which allows swimming almost year 'round. In addition to magnificent beaches, the island’s major claim to fame is based on the fact that Christopher Columbus lived here for some time and was married to the daughter of the local governor. In the small capital, Vila Baleira, the house of Columbus has been converted into a small museum. Another attraction on Porto Santo is the Pico do Castelo. The fort, standing on the highest point of the island, was erected in the 16th century to ward off attacks by French and Algerian pirates. Remote Porto Santo still offers visitors an air of tranquility and a look at an unhurried way of life.

Pier Information. The ship is scheduled to dock at the port of Santo. The pier is about two miles from Vila Baleira, the island’s small capital.Taxis may be found in limited supply for the short ride to town or for a trip around the island. Rates should be agreed on before leaving the pier. Facilities at the port include telephone and fax services, a pharmacy and a rental car office.
Shopping. Local souvenirs include objects made from straw, such as miniature windmills and dolls. They can be found in shops around Vila Baleira. Opening hours are generally from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., opening again at 3:00 p.m. Most shops accept U.S. dollars.
Cuisine. If you feel like having lunch ashore, seafood is your best choice, which you can find at either Mar e Sol or Por do Sol in Vila Baleira.
Other Sights
  Of interest in town are several churches, the town hall square, a monument dedicated to Portuguese discoveries, and the Museum “Casa Colombo.” Around the island you find ruins of 16th-century fortifications and a geological monument at Pico Ana Ferreira. Most of these sights are covered on the tour.

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