"Ponta do Castelo" Ilha de Santa Maria Things to Do Tip by mircaskirca

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

   
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  • Ponta do Castelo - Ilha de Santa Maria
  • Ponta do Castelo - Ilha de Santa Maria
  • cacti in bloom - Ilha de Santa Maria
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  • Ponta do Castelo - Ilha de Santa Maria
  • Ponta do Castelo - Ilha de Santa Maria
 

Descending to the coast towards Maia you'll find a beautiful Ponta do Castelo, classified as a Zona Especial de Conservação, with a large variety of important fauna and flora species. It is one of the places with most Mediterranean characteristics in the whole Azores, with an interesting vegetation and geography, marine grottos submerse and semi-submerse, charming bays, cultivated slopes and typical pebble beaches. This is a popular divers spot and the place to observe whales.

After parking the car by the road I took a walk downwards to the lighthouse. I was amazed by unique vegetation of agave and cacti. From Miradouro Vigia da Baleis (viewpoint) there is an an exceptional panorama over the vast Atlantic Ocean.

Directions: most southeastern point of the island

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jul 11, 2009
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