All posts tagged: azores

São Jorge

we woke up early to get the first boat to são jorge. due weather forecast we had to short our stay there for one day and cut some of the sightseeing we wanted to, otherwise, we could get blocked on the island some days. rosais and the unique azorean coffee plantation at fajã dos vimes were some of the spots we regretted not visiting. amazing view arriving at the island – from afar the island of são jorge looks like a long reptile resting in the ocean, hiding mysteries, and old prohibited lovers. arriving by boat, we can see that there are some strips of land that enter the sea at the base of the cliffs caused by ancient landslides. the so-called fajãs. one of them, fajã do santo cristo (holy lord christ), remains a sacred place. unrivaled in its distance for the world.  (see the full post about this fajã here). we were dazzled by the mixture of gross dark green nature and the calm of the lagoon followed by the infinite atlantic. the ecosystem is …

Moon safari

i guess azores are unique in all the diversity of landscapes you can find there. capelinhos volcano is an example of this unique archipelago. imagine, for instances, that you are landing on a moon surface – the new world is yours. a volcanic eruption lasted for 13 months, from september 27, 1957 until october 24, 1958 changing faial’s landscapes and the life of many families with more than 1500 emigrating to the USA. now this area is one of the most visited places on the island and the lighthouse, once buried under the volcano ashes, is now an interpretation center that deserves our curiosity and respect. nature reinforces itself in how we are small. faial, azores | august 2016  

The Hideout​

away from the city, o esconderijo, as the name stands  – the hideout –  is an almost familiar restaurant that stunned us. vegetarian, rustic-kitsch decoration, personalized menu according to what there is the pantry or what they fell on us, friendly and welcoming staff.  booking is mandatory, it is important to call in before and ask to be received. an exceptional experience which is increasingly rare when we talk about restaurants these days…

Estrela do Atlântico

estrela do atlântico is a cozy guest house run by the lovely ruth. the feeling of well-being and familiarity was immediate when we got there. ruth is a true hostess, making us feel as if we were at home. sounds like a cliché, but it was hard to get out of there. we could live in that house.

Peter’s Café Sport

peter’s café sport is the classic binding spot in faial! after anchoring the sailboat in horta’s marina, drink a sailor’s gin and brag about your latest feats at the great and unknown sea, still with the taste of salt on the lips and skin cracked by the cold atlantic. years of endless conversations, miles and stories on the walls …

Light your spirit, drink pico

pico winery landscape was in 2004 elevated to world heritage. it’s breathless when we are the bottom of the mountain with all that green limited by the natural vegetation and by the bold black basalt boundaries around the winery. we visited the interpretation center at lajido of santa luzia where we were very kindly received by the staff. the center is a recovered warehouse that has a permanent exhibition on pico’s wine history and traditions. by the end of the visit, a wine tasting (even if it was before 11am) proved why those are wines exported for all the world, and in times, were the czars’ best choice. not so far from there, enjoy the vineyards landscape at criação velha; at some spots the circulation is free and you can walk around and appreciate the mixture of scents from sea/earth/vineyards. it’s also mandatory to explore the museum of wine at madalena. the place is somehow magic by its localization and local history – an old carmelites property – the vineyards, the volcanic scent, the rough faial-pico channel, the endless atlantic and …