The Golden Island – Porto Santo

Porto Santo Island is a secret paradise!

Home for several months. Porto Santo, a secret to discover.

 

 

 

In Portugal, Porto Santo was the first Portuguese area in the Atlantic Ocean and represented an important historical pillar. It became a constant reference in the navigation charts as a sheltered port for caravels. The islands were abandoned until 1446, year in which the captaincy of Porto Santo was granted to Bartolomeu Perestrelo. The house of Colombo – Museum of Porto Santo – has areas dedicated to Christopher Columbus’. The notion of time is relative in Porto Santo…

The quietness and peacefulness of this small island invite one to reflect, relax and experience peace of mind. Zimbralinho is like an amphitheater offering romance in a beach with turquoise water (after many places on my world journey a truly believe being this beach as unique and the most beautiful in the world). As one climb the slope, one’s sight reaches Ilhéu da Cal and Ilhéu do Ferro, as well as Pico de Ana Ferreira. In Pico do Castelo, almost at the top, one will find a status of António Schiappa de Azevedo who propelled Porto Santos’s reforestation and whose project was based on diversification of species and on the recovery of the island’s vegetable life. Restaurants in Porto Santo Island: there are many and all good. Golf restaurant is for some locals the best. It is a perfect symbiosis of a good food and calm green. Lambeca since 1961: Porto Santo’s “ice – creams have been sold on the island since 1961. Initially these home-made came in 5 flavours. Today they are international my known for its quality and tradition. Ponta da Calheta is a unique place. Fresh grilled fish is recognized as the house specialty. I recommend ” feijoada “. At the beach eat a Berliner. Thalasso & Spa is one of the best equipped in the country reason why I enjoy so much Vilabaleira Hotel. However, I cannot recommend it. They often go overbooking and spread their guests to other hotels. Porto Santo Hotel is well located and with a great bar at the beach. Besides is walking distance from the city center, with shops, restaurants, bars, pharmacy and whatever you need. “Casa da Avó” restaurant is a minute walk from Porto Santo Hotel and the owners are extraordinarily friendly. Delight yourself with seafood feijoada, oven-roasted octopus flavoured with herbs, octopus grandmother style, grilled sirloin steak with green pepper or shrimp sauce. Lovely! Diving and sailing in Porto Santo, as well as many other nautic sports, are possible at reasonable prices.

There are only 39 properties available. Out of them, I recommend 5.

One of our top picks in Porto Santo. This property is 3 minutes walk from the beach. Situated in Porto Santo, this hotel is on a sandy beach. It has an infinity edge pool with views of the Atlantic Ocean and offers air-conditioned accommodation.

Rooms and villas at the Hotel Porto Santo & Spa come equipped with a cable TV. Some rooms feature a private garden or a balcony with panoramic views.

In the morning Hotel Porto Santo & Spa serves a buffet breakfast. The hotel has a restaurant that offers traditional Portuguese dishes. There is also a beach bar that serves refreshing beverages.

Guests can play mini golf and table tennis on site. Nearby leisure activities include canoeing, hiking, and windsurfing.

The Hotel Porto Santo & Spa is located less than 3 km from Porto Santo Airport. The hotel offers 24-hour front desk service and free public parking is possible on site.

The staff speaks English and German.

This beachfront aparthotel in Porto Santo is 4 km from Vila Baleira’s centre. It has an outdoor pool with Atlantic Ocean views and apartments with a balcony.

With panoramic mountain or ocean views, the apartments at the Aparthotel Luamar are bright and airy and have tiled flooring. They include a kitchenette, cable TV, and a fully equipped bathroom.

Guests can enjoy a range of refreshing drinks and cocktails from the pool bar, and the on-site mini market provides basics for self-catering.

The outdoor swimming pool is surrounded by a terrace.

This property is 4 minutes walk from the beach. Located on the coast of Porto Santo, close to Calheta Restaurant. Inatel Porto Santo offers an outdoor swimming pool and free Wi-Fi. All spacious suites come with a seating area and a balcony.

Some rooms include scenic views of the Atlantic Ocean.

The hotel offers diving and cycling facilities.

 

This property is 1-minute walk from the beach. Offering outdoor and indoor swimming pools, the luxurious 5-star Pestana Colombos Premium Club – All Inclusive also features a restaurant. The unit is just steps from the golden sands of Porto Santo Beach.

The resort has deluxe rooms, suites and apartments available.

 

Vila Baleira Resort All Inclusive boasts an outdoor swimming pool, sauna and a spa offering anti-stress treatments. Located in Porto Santo, it has direct tunnel access to Baleira Thalassa and the medicinal sands of Porto Santo Beach.

Atlantic Restaurant serves a varied menu, while a tropical cocktail or apéritif can be enjoyed in the Navegator Bar. Light snacks and salads are available at the Beach Club.

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Zimbralinho beach is still a kept secret! Do not walk down there unless with locals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How I’m Funding Traveling in Asia While Living & Teaching English in Vietnam

Ladies day out in Hanoi

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Explore Asia an an English teacher. Help out the communities. English teachers are in high demand and development is in urgent need in Vietnam.

Despite all weird and difficult situations I can say that there is no warmest hug such from a Vietnamese friend. Thank you Tran, Coung Ha and Teresa. And the best coffee in the world is produced in Vietnam.

 

 

People and culture in Hanoi, Vietnam
People and culture in Hanoi, Vietnam
The Ann Hanoi Hotel is one of the best in Hanoi.
The Ann Hanoi Hotel is one of the best in Hanoi.
Vietnamese people exercise outdoors. It's beautiful to see the elderly taking good care of them. I adore this in Vietnam.
Vietnamese people exercise outdoors. It’s beautiful to see the elderly taking good care of them.
Halong Bay one of the most beautiful places on Planet Earth
Halong Bay one of the most beautiful places on Planet Earth
Literature museum , Hanoi Vietnam
Literature museum , Hanoi Vietnam
Vietnamese smiling face in Hanoi
Vietnamese smiling face in Hanoi
A pearl in Vietnam

Bulgaria is on the bucket list!

Bulgaria won't disappoint! 

Belogradchik Rocks, Sofia, Rila Monastery, Rusenski Lom Nature Park (close to Romania), Varna is lively and fun particularly during the months of July and August but in Nesebar also has nice beaches.

Bulgaria is an amazing familly travel destination

Tryavna – see the traditional woodcarvings, cobblestone streets and great architecture. Pirin National Park (in the border with Greece).

Plodviv,  Strandzha Nature Park (border with Turkey).

Bulgaria is a destination to be taken into deep consideration for the next Spring and Summer!

Hiking around Beansko and in the Lakes. Hopefully, there are several programmes that support ecologically friendly businesses and sustainable tourism. Some of  these are: Authentic Bulgaria, Bulgarian Association for Alternative Tourism, the Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation, Ecotourism Bulgaria, Neophron, Odysseia-In and the World Wide Workers on Organic Farms.

Visit the wine town of Melnik and walk up the valley to the Rozhen.Relax along the Black Sea coast in Burgas, and Burgas Lakes, Ropotamo Nature Reserve, Primorsko, Kiten, Tsarevo, Ahtopol, the Strandzha Nature Park and Sinemorets.

Did you know that Bulgaria boasts over 500 mineral springs 
dotted around the country?! 

In the Rila Mountains, Sapareva Banya (102°C) is said to be the hottest spring in Europe. You can make the difference to the local economy as a foreign tourist, so, what you have to do is decide to go! Be smart, visit Bulgaria! Booking has over 700 hotels through Bulgaria and the average prices are 25 EUR. Give it a try, go, explore and discover Bulgaria, an endless country for nature lovers and also seeking for some cultural sights.

For more information visit Official Tourism here!

Greece itself is luxury

The blueness of the sea, the whiteness of the air and the brightness of the sun are all here, in these flags. Visit Greece.

Luxury for all budgets! Crete – Greece!

Perfect to visit all year round, particularly for outdoors’ lovers and wishing to find adventures in nature. More than 486 beaches and 9 marinas were awarded Blue Flags. You will beneath crystal clear waters and swim around the colourful fishes.

The Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature has announced that, out of a long list of 47 countries, Greece ranked number two on the Blue Flag quality awards last year. In total, the region of Halkidiki collected the majority of awards with 71 flags. In 2016, 430 beaches and 9 marinas around Greece were honoured with the quality Blue Flag award.

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has announced “2017” as the Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. Furthermore, the Blue Flag programme has reached 30 years of successfully accrediting awards to beaches and marinas worldwide.

The well-known island of Crete invites you for its National Park

Samaria Gorge
Samaria Gorge

The Samaria Gorge is at world’s biosphere reserve and a great tourist attraction. Take the chance to visit the Lychnostatis Open Air Museum and the Nautical Museum. Discover the amazing underwater life at the CretAquarium.There are more than 2500 species.

Each tank of CretAquarium bears labels with hosted species’ names printed in nine languages (Greek, English, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Polish, Russian, Czech).
For all those interested in getting to know more about the organisms hosted by CretAquarium, to learn more about its operation and the ecology of the marine environment, there are tour options. Check http://www.cretaquarium.gr/en/

Milos is another option for those who need a peaceful getaway. Relax, swim and go snorkeling. There are many cruises, choose the one that fits you. Next time in Greece we will go hiking so, please follow us if this is of your interest.

Nature and Blue Flag Global

The Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature (HSPN) is the oldest national environmental NGO in Greece, founded in 1951, and strives continuously for the protection of Greek nature since. It is active along four axes: environmental intervention; nature conservation; environmental education; sustainable management and general public awareness raising.

It has established the “Byron Antipas” prize, which is awarded to an individual or organisation that has decisively contributed to the protection of Greek nature; among its recipients is the renowned environmentalist Luc Hoffmann (2005), and the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew (2011).

It is a member of major international conservation organisations, such as the IUCN, and has been honoured for its work, it by the Academy of Athens, the Council of Europe and the Ford Foundation.

The Blue Flag Global deserves a long visit. For the coastal environment, water quality, safety and access for all: the Blue Flag represents a serious and profound commitment to both people and the environment.

There are not many tour operators but planning yourself is quite easy. Yes, it’s time-consuming but I rather decide where to go, when and where to stay. Greece needs tourists. Go and visit! If by chance you like to book hotels, resorts, or a B&B do it now.

There are hundreds of crafts available and ferry services in the Aegean Sea connecting each island with its neighbours or with the Greek or Turkish mainland. Times and routes are subject to variation.

Golfing in Crete is a matter of Course

The Crete Golf Club at Hersonissos, Crete, is an 18-hole golf course of international standards designed by architect Bob Hunt and recently renovated to perfection.

http://www.cretegolfclub.com

Aegina, the island of light and artists

Offering clear bright light, significant archaeological monuments and wonderful nature, Aegina has always been a favourite place for Greek artists.

Ancient trails, cleared and signposted by the Aegina Active Citizens, enable trekkers to explore the island. The culture paths include a route that goes around Mt Ellenton; a trail from Stefentouri to Eleonas; a walking route in Ancient Eleonas that runs from Marathonas Beach to Pachia Rachi; and a trail from Pachia Rachi to the Panagia from Chrysoleontissas Monastery.

Nobody leaves Aegina without pistachios, a protected designation of origin (PDO) – status product rated as one of the world’s best in its category. Pottery has flourished on Aegina for approximately 3,000 years. Renowned ceramic artist Theodora Horafa and visual artist Katerina Giannaca live and work on the island.

Free of charge outdoor attractions around the globe

Explore Asia an an English teacher. Help out the communities. English teachers are in high demand and development is in urgent need.

Outdoor attractions around the globe

Ahu Tongariki at Rapa Nui National Park (Easter Island) – Chile

The Colosseum in Rome, Italy and the Vaticano City.

Giant’s Causeway and one of the most extreme bridge

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is a rope suspension bridge near Ballintoy, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. The bridge links the mainland to the tiny Carrick Island. The site is owned and maintained by the National Trust.

Lake Como, Northern Italy

Romeo and Juliet home in Verona

The perfume of the vegetation in Krabi province. Never had a feeling such as this one. Railway beach, Krabi in Thailand.

The perfume of the vegetation in Krabi province. Never had a feeling such as this one. Railway beach, Krabi in Thailand.

The Little Mermaid Statue in Copenhagen

Kruger National Park in South Africa

Cafe du Lage in Botanical Garden a must see in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Marrakech Souk’s!

Museum Auschwitz – Birkenau

Manueline styled exterior of Jerónimos Monastery, UNESCO World Heritage – Lisbon

Outdoor theater in London

Stonehenge, England, United Kingdom

Blue Lagoon Hot Springs – Iceland

Mont Saint Michel, Normandy, France

In Asia I had the chance to travel. May you like visit my blog where I share about Vietnam. Get organised and look at some tips by reading the World Travel Atlas.

After several months in Hanoi I took the chance to work in the South of Thailand and today I’m in Malaysia. This is the country for those we enjoy diversity but nature welcomes us around here. Nevertheless, Indonesia should go on my bucket list.

China Town in Bangkok

China Town in Bangkok

For shopper lovers and top gastronomic experiences, China Town should be in the list.

In my country there is much to appreciate such as Madeira island, The Azores, Peneda do Geres and the Schist Villages.

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Thematic maps include climate, time zones, health risks, driving regulations, major airports with approximate flight times, three letter airport codes, main cruising ports, principal railway and ferry routes, cultural sites, beaches, ski resorts, national parks.

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Sardinia – The Island With Thousand Faces

Marine protected areas in Sardinia

The Asinara island is one of the most spectacular islands on the Mediterranean Sea. It has a long history as a penal colony.

La Maddalena Archipelago (private boats available to Corsega)
La Maddalena Archipelago – Sardinia (private boats to Corsega available)

Capo Caccia – the area of Punta di Giglio and Capo caccia is an underwater cave paradise. The Grotta di Nettuno are home to caverns rich of stalactites and stalagmites.

Tavolara – Capo Coda Cavallo, the marine area in the northeast of Sardinia has species of rare beauty. Some are Erodium coricum and Asperula deficient and only grows here.

Sinis Peninsula -this marine area comprises the Sinis Peninsula, the Island of Mal di Ventre and the Catalan cliff.

Silmius Hotel private beach
Silmius Hotel private beach (South Sardinia)

Capo Carbonara

emerald waters and metaphysical landscape. This protected Area near Villasimius and the island of San Pietro it’s an excellent balance between nature and history.

Asinara National Park

Asinara is located in the northwestern part of Sardinia, has an area of about 52 sq km and a length in a straight line of more than 18 km. The width, in the biggest part, is 7 km, and 260 meters in the narrow one. It reaches a maximum height of 408 m in Punta Scomunica.

The Island of Asinara can be reached from Porto Nuovo at Stintino and from Porto Torres, where visitors will find information and ticket booths.

Alghero – An open-air museum

The coastal areas of Sardinia attract the largest flows of summer seaside tourists.

The Cave of Neptune is one of several classic tours

One of the most fascinating natural jewels in the entire Mediterranean basin, the grotto is a veritable geological wonder that attracts over 150,000 visitors per year. It is accessible by the sea which we absolutely recommend but also by car.

Visit Sardinia!

Villasimius is the rather Latin sounding name of a charming village located down in the southeast close to the capital Cagliari. The Silmius Hotel has a lovely private beach.
Sardinia is an island we cannot ignore. The hidden bays, the thousand sceneries of splendid cliffs, the agro-pastoral dwellings and amazing seafood leave us with nostalgia.

Sardinia is an island to go and explore by yourself. I’m pretty sure I’ll return.

Outdoor attractions worldwide

Free of charge for nature lovers

The Phu Quoc marine Park in Vietnam. Absolutely a must-see for nature lovers. Top outdoors culturally sites and for nature lovers in Europe, South America and Asia.

 

 

Giants of Causeway, Northern Ireland
Giants of Causeway, Northern Ireland

 

Porto Moniz
Porto Moniz – Madeira – Portugal

Madeira Island, Regions, Culture and Attractions – Porto Moniz is a top attraction for nature lovers and unique as a lava huge pool. The region of Madeira offers many outdoor activities.

There is a lot to explore in Madeira. If you have the chance to visit Porto Santo beach. The Golden Island as it is called is worth a visit. Book your accommodation before you get there. At the moment there still 11 hotels.

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a sereia
Den Llile Havfrue Copenhagen

 

Lake Como, Italy.
Lake Como, Italy.

 

The Moai at Isla de Pascua, Chile.
The Moai at Isla de Pascua, Chile.

 

La Dune du Pyla is giant and located in France. Absolutely a must see for nature lovers and funny eco-friendly destination.
La Dune du Pyla is giant and located in France. Absolutely a must-see for nature lovers and funny eco-friendly destination.

As similar as this not even in Brazil. La Dune du Pyla is giant and located in France. Absolutely a must-see for nature lovers and funny eco-friendly destination.

The Queen's walk
The Queen’s Walk

The Queen’s walk in London:

One of many tops and free attractions that keep us going and returning to this amazing destination, the worldide capital. The city is still at the top of European destinations and always very competitive. Antique markets, second-hand shops, amazing gardens, architecture, museums, extraordinary food shops and amazing tea culture. Due to festivals and international events accommodation is quite expensive even though with many offers.

 

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