Porto Santo is a small Portuguese island about 20 miles from
Maderia, out in the Atlantic Ocean. The island climate is quite dry, but
it has several hills, and a tendency to catch the wind - hence a high number of windmills were built there.
The windmills that remain fall into two main groups - small wooden or tin structures, not much larger than a shed, which
survive in anything from a ruinious state through to excellent condition,
and a coup[le of larger stone built tower mills, one of which has been house converted.
For both types, the symbol of a cockerel is often to be found at the apex of the roof.
In more recent times, the island has also been the site of a wind farm.