"Praia Formosa" Ilha de Santa Maria Things to Do Tip by mircaskirca

Ilha de Santa Maria Things to Do: 13 reviews and 60 photos

Continuing east along the coast you will reach beautiful white sand beach Praia Formosa, one of the best swimming beaches in the Azores. It is located in a wide bay at the foot of steep cliffs. Vineyards tumble down the hillside to meet the beach. The road, with parking, runs along behind the beach. Given its outstanding geographical location, it is surprising that this area has not yet seen any major tourism development. There is a small apartment hotel and campsite, and a restaurant.

Miradouro da Mazela providing beautiful views over the beach and the south coast. At the western end, before descending to the beach, are the ruins of the Forte de São João Baptista, dating from the 16th - 17th century, which the sea has almost demolished. The cliffs here are normally dark with pittosporum and myrica trees but in summer they are marked with 4m tall yellow flower spikes of agave.

Praia Formosa is also famous for its music festival Maré de Agosto which takes place here every August.

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  • Updated Jul 17, 2009
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