Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
A traditional old cottage that offers typical Azorean accommodation situated in beautiful countryside, with it's own pasture in front and orchard behind and fabulous views over the sea to our neighbouring islands of Graciosa and Sao Jorge.
The accommodation includes double and twin bedrooms, a modern bathroom, open-plan kitchen/dining/sitting room and a terrace with tables and chairs and a barbecue. The kitchen has a two burner hob, electric oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, electric kettle and coffee machine. There is also a washing machine and a hairdryer.
The surrounding area has many regional restaurants, most serving regional delicacies from the Azores. One of the best is attached to the nearby village supermarket. You can also get excellent Italian pizza not far from the house.
The Capelinhos volcano is a 15-minute drive from the property and has an excellent underground interpretation centre, which is well worth a visit. A 20 minute drive gets you to the centre of Horta with its marina paintings, local cafés, bars and nightlife options. There are natural swimming pools available just 3 km from the Areias.
The Horta Airport is 20 km away and the Areias has a shuttle service available.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Faja, Praia do Norte 10 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Horta airport 25 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Boat available, Sea view|
|Standard||Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The Azores region
If you want to experience life in the country, Azorean style, this is the place to come! You may see horses, oxen and donkeys working as pack animals, plowing or pulling carts. During the local festivals ox-carts and even goat-carts are used to carry bread, wine and cheese in a decorative procession.
From the main town of Horta and its modern marina you can go whale watching, swimming with dolphins, deep sea, coastal and sport fishing, diving and sailing. These are the main attractions, along with a visit to our spectacular "Caldeira", and the dramatic moonscape of the Capelinhos eruption site and lighthouse, which now boasts an impressive underground interpretation centre.
There are passenger ferries to Pico and Sao Jorge, allowing you to explore two more islands during your stay on Faial. Pico boasts the highest mountain in Portugal, a whaling museum, whaling factory, vineyards which feature on the UNESCO World Heritage sites list, the wine factory and fascinating lava tube caves. Sao Jorge is simply a beautiful, quiet island, ridged with volcanic craters and edged by cliffs sheltering pretty villages - the "fajas". The cheese factory is always a favourite visit on this island.
Explore the dramatic volcanic sites of the Caldeira and Capelinhos, the picturesque villages and the main town of Horta, with its marina full of colourful paintings left by visiting yachts. The famous "Peter's Cafe Sport" is the perfect place to stop for coffee or a cold drink, where sailors swap tales of adventure on the high seas.
Whale and dolphin watching trips have replaced the traditional whaling boats as a way to make a living from the sea. From the marina you can go whale watching, swimming with dolphins, snorkelling with rays and sharks, sport fishing, line fishing, diving and sailing, or just take a cruise along our scenic coastline. Jeep safaris and bicycle hire are also available.
Passenger ferries enable you to visit Pico island, with it's lava tube caves, vineyards, museums and the highest peak in Portugal to climb! Or Sao Jorge, with it's beautiful fajas, handicraft workshops and popular cheese factory visit, making Faial a perfect centre for your holiday.
The "Semana do Mar" or Sea Week, which begins on the first Sunday in August, is organized by various institutions connected with water sports and tourism. It includes all sorts of activities connected with the sea, as well as other cultural events, and has become internationally famous.
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