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The appartment is great located, well equiped, and close to the beach - 5 min walk. All shops around are almost closed in Zarco shopping, just a "minimercado" -small facilities is still open and you need to walk 20 min to have a supermarket.
We were disapointed when we saw that Barra as no wifi. The owner said the 2 appartments has wifi and it's false. Just Arran has wifi and you cannot connect from Barra.
Transfer from ferry were well organised, and the appartment was cleaned when we arrived in the morning.
Barbecue and play ground was also well appreciated.
Porto Santo has a lovely beach and it's nice to go there with children.
Appartement bien placé à moins de 5 min à pied de la plage, mais loin de la ville. Seule une petite épicerie subsite au "Zarco shopping" tous les autres commerces sont fermés et il faut aller à Vila Baleira à 20 min à pied.
Les appartements ont du vis-à-vis mais ne donnent pas sur l'intérieur du lotissement, cela ne nous a pas géné.
Il est bien équipé, propre, le barbecue et les jeux pour enfants sont un plus très appréciable. Il est cependant très mal insonorisé, nous entendons les voisins des 3 autres appartements.
Le contact sur place est très sympathique, nous avons organisé les transferts avec lui, il est très arrangeant.
Seul bémol, il devait y avoir le wifi dans l'appartement Barra, hors seul Arran possède le wifi et malgré les codes d'accès il est impossible de le capter de l'interieur. Il faut aller près du 2nd appartement, le proriétaire devrait prévenir de ce désagrément.
La plage de Porto Santo est très belle et vaut le détour.
This apartment was great. It had everything we needed and in the perfect location. Close to the beach, supermarket and restaurants.
The property was clean & tidy and well maintained, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to people.
Poto Santo is all about the beach, if you don't like the beach then don't go as there isn't much else to do.
We hope to return again next year.
The location was easy to find and really close to the sea. We didn't get any towels so that was a bit dissapointing. Also the couch was very dirty it needs to be replaced. Else the appartment was very clean and had a nice view. Porto santo is a very quiet island so we would recommend to stay there for no more than 1 week. The climate is great!
Although the listing description regarding the location, layout and facilties were excellent, the house was not properly cleaned when we arrived and there were no linen or towels. This situation was partly solved by the end of the 2nd day of our stay after some phone calls to the person in charge, which was very uncomfortable.
My family (two adults, two young children) stayed at the Barra apartment on Porto Santo in April 2010, and we had a lovely time.
We originally planned to stay for two weeks - until the Iceland volcanic ash crisis grounded all European flights, which meant we needed to stay a third week! But the owner/agent was very flexible and allowed us to book extra time at the last minute.
The location is great - close to the Zarco supermarket and accompanying shops / restaurants - including Bar Vista with its great pizza and ice creams! The island's small main town is a pleasant 20-minute walk away. The apartment looks across undeveloped land towards mountains - lovely views. And the play area is an excellent feature - used daily by our kids aged 3 and 6, watchable from our balcony.
The apartment is easily large enough for a four-person family; we cooked most days, as the kitchen is well equipped. The bedrooms are a good size and it's great to have two bathrooms. The terrace is spacious, and the main bedroom balcony is a nice touch too.
We visited Porto Santo during low season when there were fewer people around, and when certain attractions (eg sightseeing by boat) weren't available, so the island was quiet and we often had the (huge) beach to ourselves! We had many sunny days, and enjoyed dinner and barbecue outside on many occasions.
For families with young children, the lovely beach is the obvious main attraction. The town has a fantastic play area. There is horse riding at the Centro Hipico, afternoon bus tours that roam the whole island, and the mini Zoo (Quinta das Palmeiras) is also great for kids. The hotels out of town (Pestana, Vila Baleira) have good facilities and restaurants available for non-guests. We hired bikes and rode down to Calheta several times for the dramatic views - also up and down mountains to the island's rocky outskirts.
Finally, the island also has many nice cafes and restaurants, from friendly and affordable (Gel Burger, Apollo 14, Mercearia, Mar e Sol) to fancy and picturesque (O Calhetas, Pe Na Agua, Pestana) - all walkable from these apartments.
One last tip: Although the nearby Zarco is the island's largest supermarket, the Pingo Doce in town is sometimes better stocked - eg it had more fresh milk, meat and fish during our low-season visit. And I will miss the plentiful, tasty and affordable local 'Coral' beer - especially the dark 'Tonica') :-)