View from the harbor towards the town of Vila do Porto.
base was closed down many years ago, and the airport is today entirely used as a commercial airport. The tourist
The biggest town on
villa all by yourself, I can recommend a nice house in
July 2002. Go to the local grocery shop in
phone number is 296884237.
A nice sandy beach is located at
nice sandy beach.
The nature of the islands is special in the way that it is ”separated” in
two very different kinds of areas. One part on
which the airport is located is almost " flat as a pancake." Here you find very little vegetation, because there is al-
most no rainfall in this area. You are almost 100 % sure of sunshine.
The other part of the island has a lot of vegetation, hills and small mountains.
In this area you will also find some far-
ming. Because of the mountains the clouds are forced to drop all the rain it contains here. So all the rain falls in
this area, and it's is therefore some moistly. But nevertheless it's absolutely worth a visit. You can drive all the way
to the highest point of Santa Maria, which is Pico Alto. From here there is a magnificent view over the island.
possible. I can recommend Mr. Fontes, Lugar Cruz Teixeira, 9580
very friendly and helpful, and speaks fluently English.
Close to the airport there is a Go-cart track. There is an "Internet Café"
at no. 88 on the main road of
It's next to the SATA-office. It's open from 10.00 to 22.00. And it's free.
On Santa Maria they produce some handcrafted items, nice bedcover, pillowcases,
and a lot of beautiful pottery.
Every year in August there is a section of the Portuguese Rally.
So if you are not crazy about racing, I recommend
that you avoid visiting
the whole island. (Blocking the roads for many hours, etc.) It's usually take place in the beginning of august. But
check it out.
See also General information about the Azores. ( F. A. Q. )
Vila do Porto.
Sao Laurenco bay.
Corvo Flores Pico Sao Jorge Graciosa
Terceira Sao Miguel Faial