The first impression you get of Santa Maria is almost like happening upon a beach fringed Wild West town painted in pastel. Pretty single storey buildings washed in pink, pale blue, yellow and faded terracotta litter the town and if you poke your head through a doorway you’re more than likely to find a bar, gift shop or store.
The beach is a huge attraction here and with 8km of powder soft white sands to choose from, it never gets crowded. Water sports and sea excursions are waiting to entice you from your lounger with surfing a major pastime for visitors to Santa Maria beach.
Wander the cobbled streets and stop for a spot of people watching at a street café in the square. Explore the indoor market and local shopping centre for ceramics, leather goods, jewellery and paintings. Whatever you choose to do on Santa Maria holidays there’s no rush, as life slows down to a snails pace on these islands and that’s just the way they like it.
Come evening time, freshly caught fish is always on the menu with tuna, swordfish and lobster specialities all cooked to local recipes.
Increasingly popular this laid back resort is ideal for sun worshipers who head for the resort hotels springing up along the coast between the airport and Santa Maria; a perfect choice for a quiet unspoilt holiday in the sun.