Santa Maria - Azores
Santa Maria Island, 9580, Portugal
Santa Maria is the oldest of the Azores 9, and being a “big sister” comes with advantages - the climate is hotter, drier and much less humid, and Santa Maria Island is home to the only white sand beaches of the Azores!
Santa Maria’s most iconic landscape is from the viewpoints above the São Lourenço Bay on the northeast of the island. Santa Maria Island is often referred to as the "Algarve of the Azores" and one visit to the dreamy white-sand coastline of São Lourenço Bay is enough to understand why. The calm, crystal clear waters are protected by steep, dramatic cliffs on either side, with sweeping vineyards growing up the hillsides behind the bay.
The marina - Vila do Porto - is very quiet and well sheltered.