The landscape of Santa Maria is quite different from the other islands on the Azores and the houses are spread all across the island. The land is very fertile and the rural landscape is beautiful.
Santa Maria is the southernmost island in the Azores Islands, about 55 miles from Sao Miguel. The island has a surface area of 97 km2 and about 6000 inhabitants. The island contains the oldest Azorean villages (Vila do Porto). The island also has old houses with windows that belonged to Capitão Donatário, dating back to the 15th century.