From The Madeira Island Web Site

Porto Santo
Porto Santo - Practical Information
By Philip Fiske de Gouveia and Jorge Barbosa
Sep 5, 2007 - 2:04:01 PM


Most facilities are available on Porto Santo. Apart from a wide selection of restaurants, bars and hotels there is a supermarket, grocery stores, a post office, a petrol station, a bank, a hospital and several travel agents.

Opening Hours

Most shops are open from 9am until 1pm and from 3pm to 7pm Monday to Saturday. Restaurants usually close their kitchens by 10pm. However, in the summer months they may close later due to the high  influx of tourists over this season.  On Sundays most restaurants, bars, snack bars, tobacco shops (that operate as news agents too), and tourist leisure services are also operational for most of the day.


Portugal (and therefore Madeira and Porto Santo) have a significant number of public holidays throughout the year. On public holidays businesses operate as if it is a Sunday, so most shops close. Public holidays are as follows:

1 January

Good Friday

25 April (Revolution day)

1 May (Labour day)

10 June (Portugal day)

1 July (Discovery of Madeira day)

15 August (Assumption)

5 October (Republic day)

1 November (All Saints’ day)

8 December (The Immaculate Conception)

25 December (Christmas Day)



Portugal (and therefore Madeira and Porto Santo) adopted the Single European Currency in 2002. Everyday transactions are done in Euros (although prices are also usually shown in Escudos, the previous national currency, as well). There are cash machines, accepting international credit and debit cards, on both Madeira and Porto Santo.


Tipping is optional   - although waiters typically expect to receive 5%. There is no need to tip taxi drivers, although if you are happy with the service there is no reason why you shouldn’t give them a little extra.



The emergency telephone number is 112.

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