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Santa Maria

Santa Maria is a small coastal town located in the western region of Portugal. It is part of the municipality of Vila do Porto, which is the second smallest municipality of the Azores. Santa Maria is the oldest town in the Azores, and it is known for its beautiful beaches, picturesque landscapes, and unique culture.

Santa Maria is situated on the south side of the island of Santa Maria, and it faces the Atlantic Ocean. It has a population of around 8,500 people and is considered the most populous town in the Azores. Santa Maria is known for its mild climate and its beautiful beaches, which are perfect for swimming, surfing, and other water activities.

Santa Maria has a long and rich history that dates back to the 15th century. The town was founded by the Portuguese explorer Gaspar Corte-Real, who named it after the Virgin Mary. Santa Maria was an important port for Portuguese ships during the Age of Exploration, and it was also the site of the first Portuguese settlement in the Azores.

Today, Santa Maria is a popular tourist destination that attracts visitors from all over the world. It is a great place to explore the unique culture and history of the Azores, as well as its beautiful beaches, landscapes, and wildlife. The town also hosts a number of festivals throughout the year, including the Festival of the Sea, the Festival of the Sun, and the Festival of the Wind.

Excursion tips for a day in Santa Maria

Santa Maria, Portugal is a beautiful coastal town with plenty of activities for tourists to enjoy. Here are some of the top things to do in Santa Maria in a day:

1. Visit the Santa Maria Church and marvel at its stunning architecture.
2. Take a stroll along the beachfront promenade and soak up the sun.
3. Enjoy the local cuisine at one of the many restaurants in town.
4. Shop for souvenirs at the local markets.
5. Take a boat tour to explore the nearby islands.
6. Visit the Santa Maria Museum to learn about the town's history.
7. Relax in one of the many nearby parks and gardens.
8. Visit the local wineries and sample some of the region's finest wines.
9. Take a day trip to the nearby town of Vila do Porto and explore its cobbled streets.
10. Go on a whale-watching tour and spot some of the area's marine life.

Experience Santa Maria with unforgettable activities by our partner GetYourGuide. The offer is also ideal as a special gift idea for family and friends who are planning to visit Santa Maria. Cancellations are possible up to 24h before the start of the activity (unless otherwise stated in the activity description), with a full refund of the booking price.

The climate in Santa Maria

Santa Maria in Portugal experiences a mild Mediterranean climate throughout the year, with mild winters and hot, dry summers. In spring, temperatures range from 8-20°C and the days are usually sunny with occasional rain. In summer, temperatures can reach up to 30°C and the days are usually hot and dry. In autumn, temperatures range from 10-20°C and the days are usually mild with occasional rain. In winter, temperatures range from 5-15°C and the days are usually mild with occasional rain. Overall, the climate in Santa Maria is mild and pleasant throughout the year.

Cruise weather for Santa Maria

Our weather forecast for Santa Maria helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 20th 2024 Jul. 20th 2024 max: 23.2 °C
min: 21.8 °C
16.2 m/s
15.8 m/s
0.4 %
24.1 m
78.8 %
1,023 hPa
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: 23.9 °C
min: 22.6 °C
14.4 m/s
15.8 m/s
0.4 %
24.0 m
86.8 %
1,023 hPa
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: 23.2 °C
min: 22.1 °C
17.6 m/s
17.3 m/s
28.6 %
24.1 m
85.3 %
1,024 hPa
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: 22.2 °C
min: 21.6 °C
17.6 m/s
17.6 m/s
6.8 %
24.1 m
75.1 %
1,026 hPa
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 23.0 °C
min: 21.7 °C
16.2 m/s
17.3 m/s
83.7 %
24.1 m
76.9 %
1,025 hPa
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 22.6 °C
min: 22.1 °C
11.2 m/s
11.2 m/s
57.8 %
24.1 m
71.6 %
1,024 hPa
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 23.1 °C
min: 22 °C
23.4 m/s
28.9 m/s
0.0 %
24.1 m
78.0 %
1,022 hPa
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 24.0 °C
min: 23 °C
28.4 m/s
38.9 m/s
4.7 %
24.1 m
92.3 %
1,019 hPa
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 24.1 °C
min: 23.6 °C
26.3 m/s
39.2 m/s
1.8 %
24.1 m
92.8 %
1,018 hPa
Jul. 29th 2024 Jul. 29th 2024 max: 23.6 °C
min: 22.8 °C
24.1 m/s
31.7 m/s
12.7 %
24.1 m
88.8 %
1,019 hPa
Jul. 30th 2024 Jul. 30th 2024 max: 23.3 °C
min: 22.3 °C
19.8 m/s
19.1 m/s
1.5 %
24.1 m
77.3 %
1,024 hPa
Jul. 31st 2024 Jul. 31st 2024 max: 23.0 °C
min: 22.4 °C
16.9 m/s
18.4 m/s
0.2 %
24.1 m
78.7 %
1,028 hPa
Aug. 1st 2024 Aug. 1st 2024 max: 23.3 °C
min: 22 °C
11.5 m/s
13.6 m/s
0.0 %
24.1 m
78.3 %
1,026 hPa

Cruises to Santa Maria

Would you like to travel to Santa Maria on a cruise ship or would you just like to know when a certain ship will dock there? Here you will find an overview of the cruise ships that will be calling at the port of Santa Maria.

Scheduled ship calls in Santa Maria, Portugal
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Mar. 25th 2025 Tuesday, 25th of Mar. 2025 Norwegian Star 06:00 am 04:00 pm
Mar. 26th 2025 Wednesday, 26th of Mar. 2025 Norwegian Dawn 11:00 am 06:00 pm
Apr. 10th 2025 Thursday, 10th of Apr. 2025 HANSEATIC spirit 12:00 am 12:00 am
Apr. 11th 2025 Friday, 11th of Apr. 2025 HANSEATIC spirit 12:00 am 12:00 am
Apr. 12th 2025 Saturday, 12th of Apr. 2025 HANSEATIC spirit 12:00 am 12:00 am
Apr. 19th 2025 Saturday, 19th of Apr. 2025 HANSEATIC spirit 12:00 am 12:00 am
Apr. 24th 2025 Thursday, 24th of Apr. 2025 HANSEATIC spirit 12:00 am 12:00 am
Apr. 30th 2026 Thursday, 30th of Apr. 2026 HANSEATIC nature 12:00 am 12:00 am
May 1st 2026 Friday, 1st of May 2026 HANSEATIC nature 12:00 am 12:00 am
May 12th 2026 Tuesday, 12th of May 2026 HANSEATIC nature 12:00 am 12:00 am
May 22nd 2026 Friday, 22nd of May 2026 HANSEATIC nature 12:00 am 12:00 am

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