Top 8 Things to do in Santa Maria, Portugal

September 17, 2017 Lean Nau

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.
Restaurants in Santa Maria

1. Miradouro Sao Lourenco

Vila do Porto, Santa Maria, Portugal
Excellent
67%
Good
30%
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3%
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4.5 based on 90 reviews

Miradouro Sao Lourenco

Reviewed By José F - Marchegg, Austria

Impressive views from this view point, including pic-nic Terrace with stone tables. Must stop there and just forget the time passing by, feel free and enjoy the many views from there. Attached picture taken from this view point.

2. Farol de Goncalo Velho

Bairro Santo Espirito, Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 9580-418, Portugal +351 296 884 252
Excellent
51%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
10%
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4.5 based on 46 reviews

Farol de Goncalo Velho

Reviewed By scitchie - Woodsville, New Hampshire

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!

3. Cascata do Aveiro

Lugar Do Aveiro - Maia | Freguesia de Santo Espirito, Santa Maria 9580-222, Portugal
Excellent
71%
Good
26%
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3%
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4.5 based on 26 reviews

Cascata do Aveiro

Reviewed By su2doz - Boston (well, an hour south)

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. Poco da Pedreira

Pico Vermelho - Santa Barbara, Santa Maria 9580, Portugal
Excellent
54%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
4%
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4.5 based on 21 reviews

Poco da Pedreira

Reviewed By ERDFirefighter - Edmonton, Canada

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.

5. Ribeira do Maloas

Freguesia de Santo Espirito | Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 9580, Portugal
Excellent
45%
Good
55%
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4.5 based on 20 reviews

Ribeira do Maloas

Reviewed By TravelnWrite2014 - Milan, Italy

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.

6. Gruta do Figueiral

Almagreia | Monumento Natural da Pedreira do Campo, Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 9580-000, Portugal
Excellent
54%
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46%
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4.5 based on 13 reviews

Gruta do Figueiral

Reviewed By Lydia P

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.

7. Dalberto Pombo Environmental Interpretation Centre

Rua Teofilo Braga 10, Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 9580-535, Portugal +351 296 206 798
Excellent
33%
Good
59%
Satisfactory
8%
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4.5 based on 12 reviews

Dalberto Pombo Environmental Interpretation Centre

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.

Reviewed By scitchie - Woodsville, New Hampshire

Nice small center with very helpful staff.Many items that were from the Island and a short film that is also in English.

8. Miradouro da Macela

Bairro da Almagreira | Almagreira, Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 9580-405, Portugal
Excellent
88%
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12%
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5 based on 8 reviews

Miradouro da Macela

Reviewed By Maria V - Toronto, Canada

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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