Welcome to Santa Maria! - Bem-vindo a Santa Maria!
Rock Island near Tagarete
The Azores are ideal for nature lovers and tranquility seekers. This forgotten piece of earth has stayed and has been kept largely untouched .This makes out ist charm. You are mistaken, if you seek bustling entertainment, chic shopping miles, elegant hotels and jetset ambiente. Unimaginable: There is only one traffic light on Santa Maria and few cars drive on the curvy narrow roads.
The Dramatic Cliff Coast, Southeast Santa Maria
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Holidays on Santa Maria mean total recreation, without hectic and noise. And whoever wishes to flee cold winters finds a perfect and priceworthy winterquarters. The year round mild climate inables many tropical and subtropical plants to grow, All year there are plants in bloom and even in winter woods and meadows sparkle in rich green tones.
A Green Island Paradise in the Atlantic
The well balanced, always mild climate makes the island a nearly year round travel season option. Never really cold, the lowest winter night temperatures run down to 13 degrees Celcius. As for a bathing holiday, however, June, July, August and Septmber are ideal months. Hiking, strolling, enjoying nature and tranquility are possible all year round due to the islands mild climate.
Grazing Cows near Norte
Santa Maria is the sunniest and driest Azores Island, you can enjoy heaps of sunshine, more than on the other islands. There are rainshowers and short downpours and drizzles, if and when it rains. The weather changes continually due to winds wafting over the islands. But even if dense clouds appear in winter, they disappear after some hours. Totally rainy days are even rare in winter and even in January you can at times sunbathe with only a t-Shirt on.
Coast line of São Lourenço, East Santa Maria
View from the Pico Alto on Santa Barbara and at the Atlantic Ocean