Although Calheta is a historic village with a 17th-century church, it has only really developed over the past decade or so thanks to having the island’s only white-sand beach—artificially created with sand imported from the Sahara and mainland Portugal. In summer, the sheltered beach gets packed, and it’s a great place to relax for a day or two.

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