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Santa Maria Island is not the only place in this popular region worth seeing; travelers should also hit the road and discover the charms of the surrounding countryside, towns and cities. Approximately 3 miles (5 kilometers) away lies Vila do Porto. Set aside a day here to discover the Formosa Beach and Sao Lourenco Beach.
When it's time to explore beyond Santa Maria Island, check out the nearest center. Ponta Delgada sits 60 miles (97 kilometers) away and is home to sights including Milicias Ocean Beach, University of the Azores and Carlos Machado Museum. Praia do Populo, Bell Tower and Ponta Delgada Harbour are also good places to spend a little time.
Visit Azores' historically significant ruins, it's an excellent way to familiarize yourself with the region's colorful history.
The wider region offers some great options for active travelers with a love of water. Surfing and swimming are both popular choices here. If you believe a great break is working up a sweat in unique natural environments, then check out one of the mountain climbing or caving adventures the Santa Maria Island area has to offer.
You will be sad to say "Adeus" (farewell) to this interesting place.
Situated by the ocean, this aparthotel is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Vila do Porto Marina and within 9 mi (15 km) of Formosa Beach and Sao Lourenco Beach.
Situated in the historical district, this hostel is 0 mi (0 km) from Vila do Porto Marina and within 9 mi (15 km) of Formosa Beach and Sao Lourenco Beach.