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


The Vila do Porto municipality covering the whole island 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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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. 80km (5 days) 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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