Santa Bárbara

Vila do Porto

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Santa Bárbara is a bucolic small village situated on the northeast part of the wonderful Santa Maria Island, on the greenish Azores Archipelago.

This is a rural small village, with a great natural beauty and fertile soils that have been supplying the populations since the early times of the Archipelago’s colonization, dedicating mostly to agriculture, cattle breeding and also fishing.

Santa Bárbara’s region geography is marked by mounts and deep valleys, with charming rural disperse architecture, and crystalline water courses.
This small village has been wisely able to maintain its traditional architecture characteristics, influenced by the rurality of the area and the charming inheritance of the continental regions of Algarve and Alentejo, which were from the first inhabitant of the island came originally from, applying here the same tradition of the picturesque white houses with colourful bands surrounding windows and doors, and either quite large chimneys or cylinder lacework-shaped chimneys.

Santa Bárbara presents an interesting and proud heritage, with monuments such as the 16th century Santa Bárbara Church, or the Chapels of Nossa Senhora de Lurdes (19th century), the Jesus Maria José or the Nossa Senhora do Desterro Chapel in São Lourenço Beach.

Symbol of the many years taking advantage of what the best the earth’s fertility has to offer, many rural and agricultural vestiges of other times are still visible such as wind and water mills, stone walls, fountains, among many other agricultural instruments, integrant part of this lovely landscape.

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