Porto Santo review from the Independent yesterday: “Madeira’s sandy little sister”. St Helier, Jersey, completes twinning with Funchal

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With Thomson soon to begin its second season of weekly direct flights from Gatwick direct to Porto Santo on 7th May, this review in the Independent is very positive. Always seems to me that people apologise for there being nothing to do on Porto Santo – but surely that’s the idea of a “beach holiday”

http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/europe/porto-santo-madeiras-sandy-little-sister-7640800.html

BBC News Jersey reports that St Helier will officially seal its relationship with Funchal with a twinning agreement. The first part of the agreement was signed four years ago but the floods in Madeira in 2010 caused delay in completing the agreement:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-jersey-17662941

2 thoughts on “Porto Santo review from the Independent yesterday: “Madeira’s sandy little sister”. St Helier, Jersey, completes twinning with Funchal”

  1. Nice report on Porto Santo. Yes, it is indeed “just” a beach … but what a beach!

    Truly golden, soft and endless with many mostly desered areas – away from the Hotel(s) at the Eastern end – they and the beach, can get somewhat crowded in summer, particulary near to the Pier area of Vila Baleira.

    But as you proceed (no news, no shoes) Westwards, with water and sunscreen in tow, the beach just keeps unravelling afore your very eyes…..nobody, not even (thanks be) a sunbed or hustler in sight = just the gorgeous soft yellow sands, gentle surf and inviting shallow waters beckon you on …. gorgeous, it really is!

    BUT do take water, snacks and a sunshade if required (and portable toilet) ……

    Although there are just one or two beach side “restaurants” (and I think just two Hotels) set back and hidden behind the sand dunes, as you progress Westwards, you will be hard pressed to spot them and there are certainly no facilities on the beach itself = truly unspoilt, head west, it’s best …….. wee in the sea, never!

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