House | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 3
This super little house has a terrace and barbecue in front, facing the ocean, from which you can enjoy the wonderful panoramic view of the islands of Pico and Sao Jorge and the coastal village of Praia do Almoxarife spread below. It is ideal for a couple, as a romantic getaway, or a small family, with one or two children (a cot can be added for a child less than 2 years). There is a playground, just along the seafront, plus two restaurants and two cafes. The sandy beach is one of the few that has a lifeguard on duty.
It has also been popular with spearfishermen, with it's proximity to the ocean, outside sink, barbecue, hosepipe and drying area at the rear. The location is also within easy reach of the main town of Horta, with the various activities on offer there - whale watching, sport fishing, sailing, jeep safaris, walking tours, cycling, diving, snorkelling with sharks and rays, swimming with dolphins. Horseback riding is also available from Cedros, which is just 20 minutes by car.
The main living room is open plan with sitting, dining and kitchen areas and the double bedroom and bathroom are to the rear. A spiral staircase leads to the single bedroom on the first floor. There are double doors opening onto the front terrace and two big windows on the side. The kitchen is well equipped with everything you need to enjoy some relaxed vacation dining. WiFi is provided via a 3G router.
|Size||Sleeps up to 3, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Praia do Almoxarife 200 m|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Horta airport 20 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||DVD player, Sea view|
|General||CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (1), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 3|
|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.
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.
The Azores enjoy a mild maritime climate, of which the dominant feature is the area of high pressure named after them. The "Azores High" generally lies South or South West of the islands and, in the summer, is often stationary, when prolonged calm, hot, sunny weather can be expected. July and August are the hottest months and February and March the wettest. Temperatures rarely drop below 12C and are often up around 20C. The sea is warmed by the Gulf Stream to a pleasant 17-22C, making it very pleasant to swim in year round.
Explore 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, sport fishing, line fishing, diving, snorkelling and sailing, or take a relaxing afternoon cruise along our scenic coastline.
From the main town of Horta and its modern marina you can go whale watching, swimming with dolphins, deep sea, coastal and sport fishing, sailing, diving and snorkelling with rays and sharks. You can take a jeep safari, or an exciting downhill cycle ride from the highest viewpoint. Take a walk around our spectacular "Caldeira", and visit the dramatic moonscape of the Capelinhos eruption site and lighthouse, which boasts an impressive underground interpretation centre.
Passenger ferries enable you to visit Pico, with it's World Heritage vineyards and whale watching museum or Sao Jorge, with it's breathtaking fajas, craft workshops and cheese factory, for the day, making Faial a perfect centre for your holiday.