Vila do Porto, Santa Maria (Marina)

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Coordinates: 036° 56.724' N , 025° 8.865' W
Country: Portugal

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A small but really welcoming marina on the author's favourite Azorian island. 

 There are not many spaces for larger (15m+) boats but somehow they fit in all arrivals. In theory you should go alongside the high concrete wall to check in (& for fuel), but a call on VHF will probably get the marina manager out to help you straight in to a berth - sometimes needing tight manoeuvring so have ropes and fenders at the ready.  

Facilities are limited and a short walk away in the Clube Naval (which has a popular bar and restaurant). The marina is perfectly sheltered and one of the few in the Azores which does not suffer from swell. However it has a very active and sometimes noisy fishing fleet and ice making plant adjacent. 

 The town is a very steep 15min walk up the cobbled path starting behind the Clube Navale. The island is great for walking and has some amazing geology. Some of the paths are very steep and a stout stick might be needed at times. Several walks can be reached by a single bus each day, so plan to get a taxi back (never more than €18 in 2018). The cliff walk E from the marina is wonderful and takes you through the unique mixed volcanic and sedimentary rock formations.
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Last updated by Steve Neal on 27/09/2018 05:52:02.
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