Santa Maria Island, Azores

On a map, Santa Maria’s shape looks a bit like Australia. Geologists believe that the island is the oldest in the Azores, and is the only one not created by ancient volcanic eruptions. It has the fewest foggy days, the most sun, and the best beaches (most with little or no surrounding development, so the cares of the modern world are far off). Santa Maria is known for its yellowish sediment and limestone
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Farol da MAIA   Açores Portugal

Farol da Maia (Maia Lighthouse) - island of Santa Maria, Azores, Portugal

Typical, Island of Santa Maria, Azores, Portugal

Typical house - Island of Santa Maria, Azores, Portugal

Cliff Diving World Series, Islet Franca do Campo, Azores, Portugal

Jorge Ferzuli of Mexico as he dives from the rock monolith during the first round of the third stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series at Islet Vila Franca do Campo, Azores, Portugal.

Ilha de Santa Maria - Açores by Gabriel Soeiro Mendes, via Flickr

Ilha de Santa Maria - Açores by Gabriel Soeiro Mendes, via Flickr

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