The first island to be discovered of all the nine in Açores was Santa Maria, also known as the "Yellow Island" (Ilha Amarela). This nick-name is because of its landscape, quite different from the other islands: actually this island has the particularity of having a desert and also one of the most beautiful beaches in Açores with white sand (Praia Formosa). From São Miguel you will need two hours of ferry to reach the island.
Baia de São Lorenço
Praia Formosa and Parque do Campismo
Some weeks ago (15th-17th july) we attended the Santa Maria Blues Festival in Anjos, on the north of the island, which was really cool with such good rock and blues music.
But this last weekend we went to the Maré de Agosto Festival, which takes place in Praia Formosa for 4 days. The groups that played: Ronda da Madrugada (PT), Mumbai Queen (UK), Kaophonic Tribu (FR), Blastu (PT), Ana Moura (PT), Cheikh Lô (SENEGAL), Peatbog Faeries (Scotland), Dj Panko (Spain), Frankie Chavez (PT), James Hunter (UK), Katchafire (NZ), Stereo Addiction (PT), Raul Midón (USA), Diabo Na Cruz (PT), Asian Dub Foundation (UK), No Djs (PT)
Streaming Peatbog Faeries, from Scotland.
Streaming Ana Moura, (Portugal)
Streaming Dj Panko (Spain)