Santa Maria

Santa Maria is the southern most island of the Azores with the most hours of sunshine per year. Due to the vicinity of the gulf stream and its low profile, the island is unique in the archipelago, being less influenced by humidity and having a more Mediterranean climate. In summer it is generally dry and warm, and in winter it is milder with less precipitation. Median temperatures oscillate between 14 °C and 22 °C.

Activities

Next to the main activities of water sports (especially diving) like stand-up-paddeling, kayaking or even canyoning, there are several things to do on Santa Maria.

The healthy, unpolluted air invites extensive hiking tours around Pico Alto, along the shore line or into the canyons or along riverbeds.

Several rock pools and natural swimming pools (Anjos, São Lourenço, Maia) the long sandy beach at Praia Formosa or other places of interest like the old whaling station and the light house in Maia, the „red desert“ or the museum of local history offers great opportunities to combine diving, relaxing and sightseeing for the whole family.

Diving

Accommodation

For individual travelers, families or groups, we are glad to help organize a suitable accommodation in a private cottage, apartment or hotel, book a rental car or find flights to Santa Maria.

Restaurants

There are several restaurants on the island, some close to the sea (Maia, São Lourenço and Praia). Besides local seafood restaurants, there are also hamburger bars and pizzerias.

Shopping

In Vila do Porto there is a daily market with fresh fruits, vegetables, meat and fish, and also local arts and crafts.

Bigger supermarkets are located in Vila do Porto, but there are smaller shops („minimercados“) in all parishes.

Santa Maria

Santa Maria is the southern most island of the Azores with the most hours of sunshine per year. Due to the vicinity of the gulf stream and its low profile, the island is unique in the archipelago, being less influenced by humidity and having a more Mediterranean climate. In summer it is generally dry and warm, and in winter it is milder with less precipitation. Median temperatures oscillate between 14 °C and 22 °C.

Activities

Next to the main activities of water sports (especially diving) like stand-up-paddeling, kayaking or even canyoning, there are several things to do on Santa Maria.

The healthy, unpolluted air invites extensive hiking tours around Pico Alto, along the shore line or into the canyons or along riverbedsSeveral rock pools and natural swimming pools (Anjos, São Lourenço, Maia) the long sandy beach at Praia Formosa or other places of interest like the old whaling station and the light house in Maia, the „red desert“ or the museum of local history offers great opportunities to combine diving, relaxing and sightseeing for the whole family.

Diving

Accommodation

For individual travelers, families or groups, we are glad to help organize a suitable accommodation in a private cottage, apartment or hotel, book a rental car or find flights to Santa Maria.

Restaurants

There are several restaurants on the island, some close to the sea (Maia, São Lourenço and Praia). Besides local seafood restaurants, there are also hamburger bars and pizzerias.

Shopping

In Vila do Porto there is a daily market with fresh fruits, vegetables, meat and fish, and also local arts and crafts.

Bigger supermarkets are located in Vila do Porto, but there are smaller shops („minimercados“) in all parishes.