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Cabeco Da Ponta

Cabeco Do Ponta Holidays

Holidays to Porto Santo are Portugal's best-kept secret. This small island in the Madeira archipelago boasts amazing mountain scenery and tranquil, footprint-free beaches. The small, beautiful village of Cabeco da Ponta is particularly idyllic. On Cabeco da Ponta holidays, you'll be able to relax on the sandy beaches, hike a variety of trails, look out at the stunning views and enjoy delicious cuisine, which is often sourced locally. You'll feel as if you've found yourself a secret, off-grid escape.

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Pristine beaches

The tiny village of Cabeco da Ponta is the perfect spot to get away from it all. It's home to a couple of shops, a few restaurants and luxury accommodation, providing you with everything you need for a relaxing break. The village is nestled into Porto Santo's dramatic volcanic landscape, perched on the island's stunning six-mile-long beach.

This beautiful stretch of golden sand leads down to a vibrant, cobalt ocean. Even in the height of summer, it never gets too crowded, and that's the way the locals like it. It's the perfect spot for peaceful ocean dips and quiet sunset walks. The beach offers some amenities, too. There are sunloungers and parasols to rent, as well as lockers and showers.

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Scuba-diving and shipwrecks

Although Cabeco da Ponta holidays are all about relaxing and unwinding, there are a range of activities on offer. This is the time to try out snorkelling or scuba-diving. There are lots of fantastic dive locations just offshore – at one, you'll even find a sunken freighter.

It's also possible to take a boat tour. You'll travel along the coast and out to sea, where you might be able to spot whales, dolphins and turtles swimming in the ocean. This is the ideal opportunity to catch a glimpse of the beautiful sea creatures in their natural habitat.

You'll also find On Water Academy in Cabeco da Ponta. This water sports provider offers surfing, kitesurfing, stand-up paddleboarding and windsurfing lessons. You'll be riding the waves like a pro in no time at all.

Desert islands and scenic hikes

Holidays to Cabeco da Ponta can be as lazy or as active as you wish. There are a range of fantastic hiking trails running the length and breadth of Porto Santo, from picturesque long-distance routes to smaller levadas, paths that run alongside mini-canals. Whether you're hiking along clifftops, walking through forests or strolling along the beach, you'll love Porto Santo's untouched natural beauty.

There are also two small islands located just off the coast of Porto Santo: Ilhéu de Baixo and Ilhéu de Ferro. These small, volcanic outcrops can be visited by boat. Ilheu de Baixo is studded with limestone caves, which are fascinating to explore.

Madeiran Delicacies

There are several local restaurants in Cabeco da Ponta, where you can try delicious regional cuisine, much of which is not only cooked locally but sourced locally too, thanks to the village being in such close proximity to the sea. This means the food is fresh and flavoursome.

A popular local dish is espetada; tender chunks of marinated beef, grilled on charcoal. Seafood is also a popular choice, with dried saltcod (bacalhau), featuring in many dishes. Fragateira, seafood simmered in a tomato base, is another highly-rated dish.

Explore nearby

The island's capital, Vila Baleira, is less than a 10-minute drive away. It's a picturesque, peaceful town of whitewashed houses, palm-fringed squares, and a picture-perfect seafront promenade. You'll also find a few restaurants and bars, which add a more modern touch to this beautiful location. Picture strolling along the soft sandy waterfront, or snorkelling in the clear waters, before stopping off at a taverna for a refreshing drink.

The town's most famous resident is Christopher Columbus. You can visit his former house, which now houses a museum dedicated to him. It's near a palm-lined road that will lead you to the Infante Gardens. These beautiful gardens are home to a statue of Columbus.

You'll truly relax on holidays to Cabeco da Ponta, Portugal's hidden gem. You will embrace island life, with long walks on the beach, amazing water sports opportunities and delicious food to try. The whole family will appreciate the chance to get away from everyday life at this under-the-radar destination. From soaking up the sun and exploring nearby islands to snorkelling and scuba-diving, there's something for everyone to enjoy.