"Santa Bárbara" Ilha de Santa Maria Things to Do Tip by mircaskirca
Ilha de Santa Maria Things to Do: 13 reviews and 60 photos
East of Pico Alto lies the most picturesuqe village of the island, Santa Bárbara. Its lovely white houses with indigo blue lines (vertical, horizontal, around windows and doors) dispersed on the surrounding green slopes. For me, Santa Bárbara is the prettiest village of the island and I simply fell in love with its simplicity and charm. With its ambience of great tranquillity and serenity, this village provides very pleasant walks to explore its magnificent surrounding. Each corner brings another photo opportunity and there is wonderful silence apart from the occasional crowing of a cockerel.
And here live some of the friendliest people that I ever met on my trips. While taking the pictures (I could not stop!) a local woman passed by and we started to talk. Her name was Maria Inęs. She showed me her house on a nearby slope and asked if I would like to go with her as it was a great view of the village from above. I helped her with the bags and we went. She showed me the interior of the house and we had a glass of locally made sweet liquor. We had a nice conversation about her family and life in the village. She offered to stay in her house whenever I come back to Santa Maria. And I know she really meant it. I was deeply moved, and felt very happy at the same time realizing that such places and people still exist.
Trying to find my little paradise wherever I travel, Santa Bárbara became my Azores paradise :)
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Directions: east of Pico Alto