Porto Santo is a Portuguese municipality that occupies the entire island of Porto Santo, Madeira, headquartered in a town with a different name of the city: the city of Vila Baleira. It has 42.48 km2 and 5483 inhabitants (2011). It is one of the six municipalities of Portugal that have a single parish, which has the same name. The city closest to it is to Machico on Madeira, located to the southwest.
The island of Porto Santo was discovered in 1418 by João Gonçalves Zarco and Tristan Vaz Teixeira.
According to an old story the same, Columbus inhabited this island, having married a daughter of his first donee Perestrelo.
The county was created in 1835.
Despite being located very close to the larger island of Madeira, could not differ more from Madeira: its soil is quite sandy and very poor in nutrients; rainfall is very low compared to that of wood; is extremely flat; has a beautiful sandy beach, with 9 kilometers long; and has lots of palm trees.