Raymond Singleton-McGuire reports the beaches are fantastic, clean, tidy and well presented. There are long beach walks either way, although the town centre (Santa Maria) is approximately 1 km or 20 minutes walk.

Raymond Singleton-McGuire reports be careful when buying the local beer in Santa Maria, if you ask for a pint you will be given half a litre, which depending on where you go, will cost between €3.00 and €4.50 (very expensive!). Raymond Singleton-McGuire found prices vary both with drinks and purchases on how wealthy you look, so don’t wear your gold Rolex and diamond rings! as you will not be able to haggle for the best prices!!!