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Santa Maria

Great Route of Santa Maria

Trail Info

The Great Route of Santa Maria takes in the whole island and over 78 circular km of lanscapes incluing areas of great geomorphological interest. On the trail, you will see evidence of several types of erosion and sea water levels changing, which conveys the island’s  particularities to places of incredible scenic beauty, as well as areas of educational and scientific interest. 

Discover beautiful fauna, and considering the location of the Azores in the Northeast Atlantic, several species of migrant birds which use the Azores as a resting place. 

Costa Sul

Trail Information
Category - Linear
Difficulty - Medium
Extension - 7 km
Time average - 3h00
Trail Info

This route connects Vila do Porto to Praia Formosa, village of Almagreira, place where takes place the oldest musical festival of the country, Maré de Agosto.

Santo Espírito - Maia

Trail Information
Category - Linear
Difficulty - Easy
Extension - 4 km
Time average - 2h00
Trail Info

This small route connects the village of Santo Espírito to the place of Maia, Southeast part of the island. Begin the trail near the church of Santo Espírito, passing by the Ethnographic Museum of Santa Maria, heading East, towards the sea. Follow the marks along the road until you reach an old windmill. From here, the dirt road winds along a wood of Australian Cheesewood (Pittosporum undulatum), passing by an old fountain and afterwards, pastures.

Entre a Serra e o Mar

Trail Information
Category - Circular
Difficulty - Medium
Extension - 9.7 km
Time average - 2h30m
Trail Info

This trail starts next to the church of Santa Barbara in the northeast of the island.

Start by climbing the asphalt road for about 300m and turn left at the concrete incline to Atoleiros, where you will find two old mills. Keep left on the tarmac for 250m and turn right onto a dirt trail until you find Poço da Pedreira, a geosite, which is part of the Azores Geopark.

Pico Alto

Trail Information
Category - Circular
Difficulty - Medium
Extension - 6.2 km
Time average - 2h
Trail Info

This small circular route covers a forest area inserted in a protected area, passing through several natural viewpoints from where it’s possible to see different landscapes of the island.

Start the trail in the Pico Alto car park and climb a stairway near a military building to reach the highest point of the island, which boasts views over Santa Maria.

Costa Norte

Trail Information
Category - Linear
Difficulty - Medium
Extension - 9 km
Time average - 4h00
Trail Info

This small linear route of 9 km connects the village of Bananeiras to Anjos, in a small walk along the North Coast of the island.

Leave Bananeiras towards Baía do Raposo. This trail, often used by people that go fishing to the bay, classified as Geosite, allows you to visit two watermills, the stream that feeds them and a mill belonging to the local vineyards, presently in ruins.

Santa Maria

NATURE

The Yellow Island

Since it is located further to south and to east, the island of Santa Maria has a warmer, drier climate with lower levels of rain, which contributes to the higher dryness of the land and vegetation, which is yellowish.  Santa Maria is also known as the Island of the Sun.

GEOGRAPHY

With 16.6 km of length, 9.1 km at its maximum width and a total area of 97 km2, the island of Santa Maria has 5,552 inhabitants (2011 data). Together with the island of São Miguel, it forms the Eastern Group of the Azores Archipelago, with the two islands distancing 81 km from each other. Pico Alto, the island’s highest point, reaches an altitude of 587 m and is located at 36º58’59’’ latitude north and 25º05’26’’ longitude west.

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