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With a volcanic, almost tropical, landscape unlike anywhere else on Earth, the Portuguese island of Porto Santo offers an exotic blend of African and European culture. Only 12km by 7km, the small island has been a popular Portuguese holiday destination since its first discovery in the early 15th Century. Porto Santo has been considered a paradise by many including Christopher Columbus, who chose to settle there after his many expeditions around the world.
With a location close to the equator, the weather in Porto Santo is consistently warm and clear - the highest temperatures peaking around September. While there are few man-made attractions, the island’s true appeal is its natural beauty, including smooth white sand beaches, colossal rock formations and spectacular reefs to dive around.