Vila do Porto, Santa Maria Azores

We left Funchal late in the afternoon and motored westward along the south coast of Madeira.

Leaving Funchal

When we reached the Ponta do Pargo the northerly wind hit us and we sailed close hauled with just the jib in about 25 knots of wind and quite heavy seas. The second day the wind eased and turned more easterly as predicted and we could set more sail and have some less uncomfortable sailing. The last 100 miles or so we could run downwind with just the code.

After 3 and a half days we arrived at Vila do Porto.

Closing in on Vila do Porto
Aproaching the marina

Santa Maria is a small island with only about 5000 inhabitants, very laid back compared to Funchal and very few tourists.

Vila do Porto Marina

The “capital” Vila do Porto is small with only a few shops and a couple of restaurants.

Vila do Porto

We did some boat maintenance and went for a couple of very nice hikes.

Hike Campo de Piedra
Old lime Stone quarry
Fika at Santo Espirito
Santo Espirito to Maia hike
Hike detour
Ponta do Castelo lighthouse
Highest waterfall in Portugal
Heading back towards Santo Espirito
Start of the waterfall
The water goes over the edge
West of the harbour

Sailed distance 492,9 nautical miles