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Weekend in Porto Santo – Day 3

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Sunrise Walk

 

Challenge of the Day: 

invigorating walk of the 9 km beach while sun rises. A must do! The landscape looks like a movie set, with an impressive natural light (the photographer is speaking). Stunning blond-golden sand! We can only hear the sound of waves. Finally quiet!                            

First picture of the article: a wink to spaghetti westerns, my silhouette draped in a kikoi (sarong / scarve from Kenya). The bottom of the air is fresh. Video above: the start of walking, the day is struggling to break through. And video below: 1h30-2h later, how the light changed!   

Ditto for the two below pictures of the beach: the round trip. Between: the photo of the historic pier of Porto Santo. I feel being like on a Florida or California beach. No time to swim, I have to go to my spa appointment!

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The Thalasso Spa

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The Baleira Thalasso Spa

Perfect timing to relax my muscles after two hours of sport. Facing the beautiful beach (1), the Baleira Thalasso Spa is the only thalassotherapy center of Porto Santo and one of the best equipped of Portugal too (photos above and below).   

After a quick shower, I was guided to the saltwater bath heated to 37 ° (3 & 4) and a cold water course with powerful jets (much like the one I tested in Bali).   

Then I joined my smiling therapist in swimsuits, for a tonic “Vichy massage”! Fantastic: the best massage under (seawater) jets I’ve ever had, you feel the fat take off (LOL). After: no more tension throughout the body … or in the head! Grazie mille to my Italian therapist!

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Inside the Island

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Stunning Landscapes

After lunch, I’m on my way for a private tour in 4×4 of the island, with the Lazermar Travel Agency, a business run by a very professional and sympathetic family, passionated about its island! I have a less than 3 hours before my departure by ferry to Madeira!      

Check out the landscape diversity of this small island of 42 km (photos above and below)!         

I am wowed by the geological curiosities: above photo and in the center of the island, the ground covered with fossils of sea snails. Small vineyards enclosed by stone walls. And heritage with the old windmills near the Miradouro da Portela. I also visited a traditional house dating from the 18th century … Some of the landscapes remind of Africa.

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Departure to Madeira

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Ferry during 2:15

Rushed arrival at the harbour at the end of boarding (lol). I don’t have time to take few stuff in my suitcase to change me during the crossing. I am full of sand and dust (the joys of the outdoors)!                    

Because once arrived in Funchal (Madeira), I go straight to dinner at the Design Center Nini Andrade Silva (last picture of the article: the building on the left is the Design Center Nini Andrade Silva).                           

During the crossing, I stayed on a bridge to fix the horizon and I saw dolphins! And booster shot: the ad on the Porto Santo Line ferry: “Save Our Ocean, don’t throw litter in the sea”! See you in Funchal …

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Photos : © Mademoiselle Le K – Tous droits réservés.

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Many thanks to Visit Madeira and Visit Portugal for this wonderful discovery of the island of Porto Santo. Thanks also to my awesome therapist at The Vila Baleira Thalasso Spa and the Lazermar Travel Agency for the fantastic tour of the island! As always these are my opinions.

Madère: week-end à Porto Santo (J3)

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Le jour se lève

 

Petit challenge de ce dernier jour :

marche tonique sur toute la longueur de la plage, soit 9 km au lever du jour. Un must! Le paysage prend des allures de décor de film, avec une lumière naturelle impressionnante (c’est la photographe qui parle). Superbe sable blond ou doré! On entend juste le relent des vagues. Enfin au calme!

Première photo du post : clin d’oeil aux westerns spaghettis, ma silouhette drappée dans un kikoi (pagne/étole du Kenya). Le fond de l’air est frais. Vidéo ci-dessus : début de la marche, le jour a du mal à percer. Et vidéo ci-dessous : 1h30-2h plus tard, combien la lumière a changé!

Idem pour les deux photos de la plage ci-dessous : l’aller et le retour. Entre : la photo du ponton historique de Porto Santo, j’ai l’impression d’être sur une plage en Floride ou Californie. Dommage, je n’ai pas le temps de me baigner : je dois me rendre à mon rendez-vous thalasso. 

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La thalasso

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Le Baleira Thalasso Spa

Parfait timing pour relaxer mes muscles après mes deux heures de sport. Situé face à la superbe plage (1), l’unique centre de thalasso de Porto Santo, le Baleira Thalasso Spa, est aussi l’un des mieux équipés du Portugal (photos ci-dessus et ci-dessous). 

Après une douche rapide, je suis guidée vers des bains d’eau de mer chauffée à 37° (3 & 4), puis un parcours en eau froide avec de puissants jets (un peu comme celui que j’avais testé à Bali).

Je rejoins ensuite ma souriante thérapeute en maillot de bain, pour un “Vichy massage” très tonique! Fantastique : le meilleur massage sous jets (d’eau de mer) que j’ai jamais eu, on sent le gras décollé (LOL). Après : plus aucune tension dans tout le corps… ni dans la tête! Grazie mille à ma thérapeute qui est italienne! 

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A la découverte de l’intérieur de l’île

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Des paysages époustouflants

Après le déjeuner, me voilà repartie pour un tour privé de l’île, en 4X4 avec Lazermar Travel Agency, une agence familiale très pro et très sympatique, passionnée par son île! J’ai un peu moins de 3h avant mon départ en ferry pour Madère! 

Je vous laisse admirer la diversité des paysages d’un bout à l’autre des 42 km de Porto Santo (photos ci-dessus et ci-dessous)!

C’est juste sublime, on est d’accord! Curiosités géologiques : photo ci-dessus et sol recouvert de fossils escargots de mer au centre de l’île. Petites vignes délimitées par des murets en pierres. Et patrimoine avec d’ancien moulins à vents au Miradouro da Portela. J’ai aussi visité une maison traditionnelle datant du 18ieme siècle… Et par endroits des paysages qui rappellent l’Afrique. 

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Départ pour Madère

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2h15 de ferry

Arrivée précipitée au port en fin de l’embarquement (lol). Pas eu le temps de prendre des affaires dans ma valise, pour me changer durant la traversée : je suis pleine de sable et poussière (les joies de l’outdoors)!

Parce qu’une fois arrivée à Funchal (Madère), j’enchaîne direct avec un dîner au Design Center Nini Andrade Silva (dernière photo du poste : le bâtiment sur la gauche est le Design Center Nini Andrade Silva).

J’oubliai durant la traversée, où je suis restée sur un pont à fixer l’horizon, j’ai vu quelques dauphins! Et piqûre de rappel, la pencarte à bord du ferry Porto Santo Line : “Sauvez notre océan, ne jetez pas d’ordure dans la mer”! On se retrouve à Funchal…

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Photos : © Mademoiselle Le K – Tous droits réservés.

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Un grand merci à Visit Madeira et Visit Portugal pour cette superbe découverte de l’île de Porto Santo. Merci aussi à ma fantastique thérapeute du Thalasso Spa du Vila Baleira, ainsi qu’à Lazermar Travel Agency pour ce passionnant tour de l’île. Comme toujours ce sont mes opinions.

Porto Santo: Diving & Dolphins – Day 2

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Good Morning Porto Santo!

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My First Nitrox Diving

This morning, no time to hang out on the beach. I go to Rhea Dive to try my 7 mm wetsuit and equipment. I don’t travel with my heavy equipment anymore. The diving center has a wide range of impeccable equipment to rent or purchase.

Two other confirmed divers join us. Miguel and Milton, the Padi instructors, drive us to the Porto Santo harbour (below photo 1). We change here (2). Not a sound, as if the whole island was still asleep! I’m a excited I will dive Nitrox for the first time! I’ve never dived with enriched air Nitrox! Small briefing by Miguel about the spot where we are going to dive.

Cloudy weather: on the small boat, the air is cold and a little choppy sea. Too much current, we move to another diving spot. I dive with Miguel which is really calm. The water is freezing, but I forget very quickly: the underwater world is so relaxing. And I’m euphoric, when I encounter my first and only ray of this 44 minute dive : ))

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Dolphin Watching

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After Lunch

Back to the harbour for a long boat ride organized by Mar Dourado Company, among some islets facing Porto Santo (above photo: the coastline of Porto Santo). And if we are lucky enough, we will see some dolphins.

Very temperamental my friends the dolphins (lol)! I’ll see just one or two super hurry : )) Now the sky is clear with bright light! What an impressive landscape! Better than a long speech, enjoy my photos (below)! Picture 1, The traditional cake of fishermen. In fact, its consistency looks like a rusk with a neutral taste pretty salty.

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The Beach

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Late Sunset  

Before dinner, I finally take time to explore some of the famous nine kilometers beach with golden sand. Magic! To be continued…

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Photos : © Mademoiselle Le K – Tous droits réservés.

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Many thanks to Visit Madeira and Visit Portugal for this wonderful discovery of the island of Porto Santo. Thanks to Miguel Matos, the Rhea Dive team and the Mar Dourado Company too! As always these are my opinions.