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

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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  
  • 2 Santa Bárbara  
  • 3 Santo Espírito  
  • 4 São Pedro  
  • 5 Vila do Porto  

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Map of Santa Maria (Azores)

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  • 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.    

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  • 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.  

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