Discover the best top things to do in Santa Maria, Portugal including Miradouro Sao Lourenco, Farol de Goncalo Velho, Cascata do Aveiro, Poco da Pedreira, Ribeira do Maloas, Gruta do Figueiral, Dalberto Pombo Environmental Interpretation Centre, Miradouro da Macela.
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The location of this lighthouse is absolutly beautiful and it is a must visit but it is run by the portugese military and when we visited there were no open/closed signs or hours posted but there was a key in the door.I looked in the door window and saw a guest book on the table and thought it must be o.k. to go in.I was quickly met by a military man who proceeded to be quite rude.I apologized and left but it did leave a bad taste in my mouth.open/closed hours should be posted!
4.5 based on 26 reviews
If you visit the Maia to hit the saltwater pool, head down to the waterfall. It's a quick 10- 15 minute walk; just keeping walking down the street until the end...you will see it on the left. Every time that I've seen it, it is more of a trickle, not a full fledged waterfall. However, there are ducks that you can feed :) I walk to the end of the little path, sit at the picnic table and just look up. It's really gorgeous. Don't be surprised if you feel like you are in the middle of nowhere in a movie set!
4.5 based on 21 reviews
We found this to be more interesting then Ribeira do Maloas even though it is not natural. There is a explanation to what it is which we found interesting.
Lots of frogs which sounds pretty cool. There is a picnic table there but it doesn't look like it is ever used.
4.5 based on 20 reviews
There is this awesome wall of rock that rises almost to the heavens, making you feel quite small and humble. You are surrounded by the terraced hills, planted with vines. It makes you wonder how much harder previous generations needed to work for their sustenance.
4.5 based on 13 reviews
Very cool man-made cave. A lot of fun to explore (bring a flashlight), and incredible to think about how it was made! One of the many amazing sights along the Trilho da Costa Sul trail.
4.5 based on 12 reviews
The Dalberto Pombo Environmental Interpretation Centre (CIADP) resulted of the reconstruction of an old historic building in Vila do Porto. This Centre houses the collections of the naturalist Dalberto Pombo, true pioneer in the study of the geological and biological diversity of Santa Maria and aims to promote the natural heritage in a dynamic and interactive way, with educational and scientific approach. To know more about the marine fossils, unique in the Azores and of international importance, a new space was created in the Centre, the House of Fossils, where the visitor can observe several examples of the naturalist’s collection and of the University of the Azores’ reference collection.
Nice small center with very helpful staff.Many items that were from the Island and a short film that is also in English.
5 based on 8 reviews
If you are looking for a relax vacation ,visit Santa Maria ,Acores.
I stayed at the Praia Formosa and I loved it ,it was beautiful to wake up in the morning with the sound of the Ocean .I was there last first 2 weeks in June /2015 beautiful weather, amazing food ,friendly people, if you have never visit this island than you must.....I'm planning a second trip.....that is way it is called a Ilha do Sol ,the Beaches are just beautiful....very reasonable prices to sleep and eat well .....
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