Windmills of Porto Santo


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.

Areas: Porto Santo

Porto Santo

Vila Baleira (#pt1003)

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(33.05524,-16.342)

Bar Moinho Miradouro: wooden - Conserved wooden mill, retaining sails, on tall random dry stone base. Base now used as a bar, which also use the body of the mill as storage space.


Vila Baleira, 2005 © Mike Matthews

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Campo De Baixo (#pt1007)

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(33.05469,-16.355)

tower - Tower mill, house conversion


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Campo De Baixo, 2005 © Mike Matthews

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Campo De Baixo (#pt1004)

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(33.05398,-16.354)

wooden - wooden mill, on cemented stone base


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Campo De Baixo (#pt1005)

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(33.05371,-16.353)

tower - short rendered tower, with sails remaining


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Campo De Baixo, 2005 © Mike Matthews


Cockerel detail, 2005 © Mike Matthews

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Campo De Baixo (#pt1006)

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(33.05702,-16.353)

wooden - wooden mill, on cemented stone base


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Campo De Cima (#pt1100)

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(33.05838,-16.365)

wind turbine - one of 3 modern wind turbines, produced by Vestas

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Campo De Cima (#pt1101)

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(33.05867,-16.363)

wind turbine - one of 3 modern wind turbines, produced by Vestas

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Campo De Cima (#pt1102)

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(33.05927,-16.361)

wind turbine - The largest of 3 modern wind turbines, produced by Vestas


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Portela (#pt1000)

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(33.06798,-16.317)

wooden - one of a group of 3 wooden mills

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Portela (#pt1001)

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(33.06772,-16.317)

wooden - one of a group of 3 wooden mills

Portela (#pt1002)

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(33.06747,-16.317)

wooden - one of a group of 3 wooden mills

Camacha (#pt1008)

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(33.08716,-16.344)

Cardina museum:

A wooden windmill, built as the centrepiece of the museum

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Ponta (#pt1009)

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(33.03300,-16.372)

Shown with mill symbol on 1999 Insight FlexiMap of Madeira (ISBN 98123441900)

Ponta (#pt1010)

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(33.03441,-16.370)

Shown with mill symbol on 1999 Insight FlexiMap of Madeira (ISBN 98123441900)

Various - historical images (#pt1050)

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