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Welcome to Santa Maria

Santa Maria

The island resort of Santa Maria, a fantastic holiday retreat, lies southwest of Sao Miguel, and features an airport that was a World War II American Air Force base which has now been appropriated as a civil airport. The main town on the island is Vila do Porto, which has only one hotel but several inns and private villas for rent. There are a few sandy golden beaches on the island, including Praia Formosa, and the scenic Maia and S. Lourenço Bays, which offer rocky cliffs and attractive vineyards. Pretty villages like Anjos and Santo Espirito are steeped in local history and culture, and the island has many colourful festivals throughout the summertime.

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Portuguese is the official language, but English is widely spoken and understood.

Portugal is a member of the European Union and its official currency is the Euro (EUR), which is divided into 100 cents. There are numerous banks, bureaux de change and ATMs available in main cities and tourist destinations. Foreign currency can be exchanged at banks, bureaux de change and automatic currency exchange machines. Banking hours are generally 8.30am to 3pm Monday to Friday. Major credit cards are widely accepted, as are travellers cheques.

Local time is GMT (GMT +1 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).
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