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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 Aeroporto de Santa Maria (Santa Maria Airport, SMA IATA). Azores Airlines flies from Lisbon (LIS IATA) and SATA Air Açores flies from Ponta Delgada (PDL IATA).
- Transportes de Santa Maria (TSM), ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. TSM offers several bus routes around the island.
- 1 Aveiro waterfall. Highest waterfall of Portugal
- 2 Water cascade of Maloás (Ribeira do Maloas). A few waterfalls (~20m high) surrounded by 200m of basaltic columns.
- 3 Raposo bay waterfall (Cascata da Baía do Raposo).
- 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.
- 6 Barreiro da Faneca. A superficial area of arid and clay terrain, resembling a desert, created by the most recent volcanism
- 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.
- 9 São Brás fort (Forte de São Brás). 17th-century maritime fort.
- 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.
- 1 Espaço Em Cena, Lugar Mãe de Deus 12 (EN 1-2A), ☏ . Tu–Sa 16:00–00:00, closed Su M. A mix of "new" Portuguese cuisine and traditional dishes in a casual yet elegant environment. Mid-range.
- 2 Mesa d'Oito, Rua Teófilo de Braga 31, Vila do Porto (in Charming Blue Hotel), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Tu–Su 19:00–23:00, closed M. Mid-range.
- 3 Ponta Negra Restaurante e Bar de Praia, São Lourenço - Santa Bárbara, Vila do Porto, ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. Th–Sa 11:30–22:00, Su 11:30–17:00, closed M–W. Restaurant and bar on the bay. €5-50.
- 1 Hotel Colombo, Rua Cruz Teixeira, Vila do Porto, ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 11:00. Four-star, 87-room hotel with swimming pool, Turkish bath, bar, banquet room, and conference facilities. €41-96.
- Ilha a Pé, ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. Hut rental around the Great Route.
- 2 Hotel Santa Maria, Rua da Horta, Vila do Porto, ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. Four-star, 50-room hotel with two swimming pools, bar, a large garden, and an onsite restaurant, Insula. €67-89.