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Cruises visiting Santa Maria Island & all Santa Maria Island cruises for  2020

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Santa Maria Island is one of the smaller of the nine islands in the Azores archipelago, lying to the east and the southernmost of the other islands. While all are volcanic and seismic in origin, Santa Maria has had no recorded volcanic activity since the islands were settled. Santa Maria was the first of the then uninhabited Azores to be discovered, by Diogo de Silves in 1427. Portuguese settlers arrived in the mid 15th C and brought with them domestic animals and planted crops. Santa Maria is the oldest island, heavily eroded, being one of the few places to encounter brown sandy beaches in the archipelago.

The island is primarily known for its dry warm weather. Also named the "Yellow Island" because of its vast wheat crops, dark ochre earth and golden beaches, Santa Maria Island is home to 5500 people. They come from interesting heritages. Africans, Moors, Jews, Scots, Germans, Italians, French, Spanish, Flemish and Portuguese. Ships berth at Vila do Porto at the SW of the island. From there a single main road runs to the W and E across its 16 km width, and many branch roads take you to parks (such as Reserva Florestal de Recreio das Fontinhas), nature reserves and the few southern beaches. Forte de São Brás is a 17th C fort situated on the southern cliffs near Vila de Porto, and further east is the 16th C Forte São João Baptista. These were built to defend against pirates and corsairs.

Agriculture is the predominant activity. Secondary industries are dominated by civil construction, sawmills, tile and block factories, and artisan/handicraft manufacture. Tourism is important, offering sailing, windsurfing, water-skiing, sport fishing, and scuba-diving, beach activities, and hiking the many trails across the island. There are many public buildings and churches preserved for their important histo-cultural value that have lasted longer, due to no historical volcanism and fewer earthquakes.

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