Why fly to Porto Santo?
Madeira’s chilled-out little sister certainly is petite, at just 11km long and 6km wide. But what Porto Santo lacks in size it more than makes up for in romance. The very name – meaning ‘holy harbour’ – refers to the time its first Portuguese colonists were accidentally blown to safety on its previously-undiscovered shores during a freak Atlantic storm in the 15th-century. Christopher Columbus, no less, is said to have lived and married on the island – you can still mooch around his modest home, now a bijou museum.