PORTUGAL AZORES SAO MIGUEL
Spacious detached house, enjoy the entire house, 5 minutes from Ferraria, thermal baths, very close to Mosteiros and Sete Cidades. Ideal for 2 or 3 families. Wi-fi. Parking spots available in the backyard and on the front of the house.
The house is located 20km from downtown Ponta Delgada in the friendly village of Ginetes Várzea.
In the village you will find everything you need with supermarket, restaurant, pharmacy, post office, etc.
You will find attractions such as the famous Sete Cidades Lagoons (5 to 10 minutes by car), Mosteiros, with its beautiful beach and direct access to the sea (5 minutes by car) and the hot springs at the Ferraria (5 minutes) horse riding (Quinta das Raiadas This family organizes tours on horseback and take you up the hills surrounding Sete Cidades from where you have a breathtaking view of the lakes. Such a genuinely friendly family, and a walking trail. The famous bay Ferraria, with its beautiful hot springs rock pools all year round , or at the Termas da Ferraria total wellness.
Consider the Azores that familiar-sounding place that you just can’t…place. The remote Portuguese islands are a little under the travel radar, so it’s not surprising that their coordinates don’t immediately spring to mind. An archipelago of nine verdant, rocky islands about 1,500 kilometres west of Portugal, they are the result of volcanic activity millions of years ago and now home to around 250,000 people. They’re also the stuff of legend: Before science proved otherwise, some thought the Azores were the lost civilization of Atlantis. (There are still a few diehard believers.) While the islands each have their own distinct character, all are green and lush and rife with waterfalls, hot springs, flowers, volcanic lakes and rolling hills, with nary a buffet-tastic all-inclusive in sight. The pristine towns are full of historic buildings, vibrant fruit and veg markets, beautifully maintained cathedrals and chill sidewalk cafés. It’s everything you love about Europe, only on windswept little islands in the middle of the Atlantic.
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This is the jumping-off point for most visitors. It’s home to the Azores’ capital city, Ponta Delgada, miles of rugged coastline and hydrangea-lined roads and twee towns. But it also offers a cosmopolitan experience you won’t get on the other islands: more fine dining (though there’s still a selection of really good holes in the wall, like Taberna Açor, a tiny gem serving local fare), higher-end hotels and fun bars and clubs. (The rooftop bar at the Azor Hotel is very cool and swish and has a pool with a view.)
MUST-DOS: It doesn’t have jets, but the natural hot tub at Caldeira Velha does have the advantage of thermal mineral waters and being surrounded by mossy rocks and giant ferns. Another pool, a two-minute walk up a jungly path, is larger and fed by a waterfall; it’s not quite as warm, but it’s a sexy setting right out of a Bachelor highlight reel. A short drive away is the lookout point Miradouro de Santa Iria; its sweeping views of coastline guarantee frame-worthy pictures. For a completely different kind of soak, head to Ponta da Ferraria on the west coast. This natural pool at the ocean’s edge is constantly fed by hot springs beneath the surface, so you can sit in warm, therapeutic waters while the waves crash a few metres away.