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Santa Maria is an island in Portugal's Azores (Açores) archipelago.


An aerial view.

Santa Maria (SUHN-tuh muh-REE-uh, /ˈsɐ̃.tɐ mɐˈɾi.ɐ/) island has 5,552 residents (2011) in its single municipality of Vila do Porto (VEE-luh doo POHR-too, /ˈvi.ɫɐ du ˈpoɾ.tu/), which is divided into five freguesias (civil parishes):

  • 1 Almagreira Almagreira (Vila do Porto) on Wikipedia
  • 2 Santa Bárbara Santa Bárbara (Vila do Porto) on Wikipedia
  • 3 Santo Espírito Santo Espírito on Wikipedia
  • 4 São Pedro São Pedro (Vila do Porto) on Wikipedia
  • 5 Vila do Porto Vila do Porto (parish) on Wikipedia

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Get around[edit]

Map of Santa Maria (Azores)


  • 1 Aveiro waterfall. Highest waterfall of Portugal Aveiro waterfall (Q106662991) on Wikidata
  • 2 Water cascade of Maloás (Ribeira do Maloas). A few waterfalls (~20m high) surrounded by 200m of basaltic columns. Cascade of the stream of Maloás (Q106686190) on Wikidata
  • 3 Raposo bay waterfall (Cascata da Baía do Raposo). Raposo Bay Waterfall (Q106686289) on Wikidata
  • 4 Viewpoint of São Lourenço. A must-see viewpoint of the bay, come for sunrise views. Also the bay itself is worth a visit.
  • 5 Gruta do Figueiral. A small volcanic - shaped cave of erosion, located in the cliff. Figueiral cave (Q10292141) on Wikidata
  • 6 Barreiro da Faneca. A superficial area of arid and clay terrain, resembling a desert, created by the most recent volcanism Protected Landscape of Barreiro da Faneca (Q28226032) on Wikidata Protected Landscape of Barreiro da Faneca on Wikipedia
  • 7 Poço da Pedreira. An old quarry - a big rocky wall coupled with a water basin.
  • 8 Gonçalo Velho Lighthouse. Only open on certain days or after appointment. Gonçalo Velho Lighthouse (Q10280155) on Wikidata
  • 9 São Brás fort (Forte de São Brás). 17th-century maritime fort. Fort of São Brás (Q10283961) on Wikidata Fort of São Brás (Vila do Porto) on Wikipedia


  • GR1SMA Great Route of Santa Maria. An 80 km (50 mi), 5-day trek around the island with huts for sleeping-over along the path. GR1SMA Great Route of Santa Maria (Q106686405) on Wikidata






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This rural area travel guide to Santa Maria is a usable article. It has information on how to get there and on restaurants and hotels. An adventurous person could use this article, but please feel free to improve it by editing the page.