Fisherman's Cottage near Horta
Cottage | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
This delightful romantic getaway in Praia do Almoxarife (5km from Horta) is 150m from the secluded 'Praia dos Ingleses' and 300m from the main beach, bars and restaurants. It's a traditional Azorean house, once owned by a fisherman, but now restored and refurbished with a nice bathroom, a bedroom area with double bed and open plan living area with a well-equipped kitchen and a lounge that looks across a field to the ocean where Cory's shearwaters nest in the cliffs. Wake up to the sun rising over the island of São Jorge and streaming through the picture window or relax in the evening on the sheltered private patio behind the house, listening to the shearwaters flying above.
The location is rural and by the sea, 300m from the seaside centre of Praia do Almoxarife, where there are two restaurants and bars. As its name suggests, the village has a beautiful beach, with showers changing rooms and lifeguards in summer. The 18th century basalt church has a distinctive façade of two towers and a traditional Azorean 'Imperio' chapel. The church square, chapel and bandstand are the centre of lively village feasts, brass bands and parades.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Praia dos ingleses 150 m|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Horta 15 km|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||DVD player, Sea view|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 3|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
The Azores region
The Azores are nine islands strung out across the Atlantic Ocean, discovered uninhabited by Portuguese navigators in the 15th century and populated soon after by Europeans from the Netherlands, Flanders, Brittany and Portugal. Faial is arguably the prettiest island with its hedgerows of blue hydrangea contrasting the luscious green of its fields, where cattle graze contentedly in the warm air. Faial is the same distance from Portugal as Portugal is from England and since the 19th century, if not long before, it has been the communications hub of the North Atlantic: the relay station for intercontinental wired communication and the first transatlantic hub for passenger aircraft - the Pan-Am seaplanes touched down in the harbour. Today it is the must-stay place for yachts, tall ships and sail-boats of all sizes and all countries. Its international heritage gives the main town of Horta a unique social ambience.
Faial has its own unspoilt beauty but it benefits from one of the most wonderful views in the world - look across 5 miles of sea to the magnificent mountain of Pico island as it emerges from the ocean to its cloud-capped peak at 8000 feet. Walking up to see the view from the top is the experience of a lifetime.
The cottage is in the locality known as Rocha Vermelha de Baixo. The 'rocha vermelha' are red cliffs famous for the nesting seabirds known as Cory's Shearwater, which arrive from the southern and northern limits of the Atlanctic Ocean to this unique spot. The village of Praia do Almoxarife is 5km north of the town of Horta, whose harbour is the main stopover for Atlantic sail-boats. There you will experience an international atmosphere in the lively cafés, bars and restaurants. There are plenty of shops, historical places to visit - such as the house of the first President of the Portuguese Republic - and sea-side activities.Take a boat to see whales and dolphins - even swim with them - scuba dive or fish for marlin. From Horta you can take ferries to the neighbouring islands of São Jorge and Pico. Or hire a car or taxi and walk about the many beauty spots around and within the island - the mysterious moonscape-like remains of the last volcano and its subterranean museum - the unspoilt beauty of the island's deep central crater - beaches where you can relax or others where you can surf ... Not to be missed are the many festivals that take place from Whitsun and throughout the summer in each village. Unique to the Azores, these centre on the Imperio chapels, and can last several days, with parades, brass bands, feasts and evening celebrations with folk dancing and live music, where you will be welcomed to come and enjoy the party.
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