From The Madeira Island Web Site

Porto Santo
Porto Santo - An Introduction
By Philip Fiske de Gouveia
Sep 5, 2007 - 1:35:44 PM

There is no better hiding place than Porto Santo. Remote from the island of Madeira, which is itself remote from the world, Porto Santo is a blissful sanctuary for those needing a break from the relentless demands of modern life. Wandering the shaded, wind-cooled, cobbled streets of Porto Santoís main town, Vila Baleira, amid the terracotta roofed and green-shuttered dwellings, the universe shrinks to a manageable size. And as visitors and locals alike recharge their batteries - either stretched out on the golden sandy beach or sipping a cool drink in the shade of a palm tree - itís easy to feel that one has somehow been accepted into a secret fraternity whose chief commitment is to a cheerful and relaxed life. Porto Santo is sunny, safe, quiet and unconditionally welcoming.     

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