Vila do Porto - General Info

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Description:

Lying some 50 nm southeast of São Miguel and visible from Ponta Delgada on clear days, Santa Maria was the first of the Azorean islands to be discovered.

It is an island of two distinct halves: the western part is flat and brown in the summertime and is the site of the airport; the eastern part is hilly and green.  It lies out of the storm belt for most of the time and is known as the Ilha do Sol—the Sunny Island.

Entrance Notes and Cautions:

The entrance to Vila do Porto Marina is via a channel between the east end of the Ferry Pier and the end of the Marina pier, marked by a green beacon.

Cruiser Highlights:

The main settlement is Vila do Porto which has a well-sheltered marina.

The Island’s traditional houses have white chimneys and blue bars which are a heritage of the first settlers here from Southern Portugal.

The landscape is either dry and limestone or luxuriant with vineyards. It is the oldest Azorean Island as well as the only one resting on the African geological plate. Famous for its handicrafts and pastry!

Position:

36° 56.4’N, 25° 08.75’W (port entrance)

 

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