Imagine lush green pastures and a fresh breeze that renews the view at least once a day. An idyllic blue ocean in between four beautiful islands, each of a particular shape and height, each recognizable from afar….imagine a feeling of constant alertness for the sight of the spray of a blue or sperm whale, majestic peaks, lagoons in ancient craters, pitch black volcanic rock contrasting with the redness of the soil.….and more wind and rain and blue skies - all within reach of a hiker, far away from the main road, but also catering for the road traveller. And it goes on with delicious clams from the local lagoon, the softest steak, world-famous local cheese matured to perfection, the only European coffee plantation, organic vegetables and most comfortable surroundings. A land so up and down and green and black, worked, orderly and still so natural! This is the island of S. Jorge in the central group of the Azores archipelago, a bit nearer Lisbon than New York, mid-Atlantic Ocean, completely unspoilt, inhabited mostly by milk producers that deliver to the local co-op their daily share. Hospitable and genuine, no theft or danger, not five minutes go by between a thumbs up sign and a wagon stops by.
Five minutes from the Port of Velas, where ships arrive from the other islands, is the heaven of tranquility where we stayed - Quinta de São Pedro. The owner lives on the property and is a wonderful hostess. No effort is spared to make you feel comfortable and welcome. Each lodging includes a studio with cooking facilities inc a common lounge area, gardens and pool all tastefully decorated mixing antique and modern objects and furniture in a joyful atmosphere. The view from the farm is spectacular at dawn when one can see Pico Island to the left and Faial Island to the right, separated by a wide channel. Two large flat top dark rock formations at the edge of Velas help to focus our view. . Imagine again….the sunset or moonshine as you enjoy the breeze, the deep ocean and a cool glass of Pico wine. Breakfasts are a home made treat of homemade jams, cooked to order eggs, cereals, fresh orange juice, local bread and cheeses and hams. Olga caters to your every need from 7 to 12 am (free breakfast times!) and tops it up with freshly made espresso. As you look out every morning you are greeted by friendly house geese. The owner will seat with you with a map of S. Jorge island and make the most appropriate suggestions, according to your tastes and needs. Her handwriting is nice on the map as she numbers the walks and labels the sights. Excitement mounts as we leave the farm, with the great sense of the adventure to come and the island to explore. Picnics can be catered for as requested. It never gets crowded or noisy.
We renewed our energies and had the rest we needed. For those of you who want to experience a 5-star island hideaway, you need not go further!
Can’t wait to go back…..
- Also Known As:
- Quinta De Sao Pedro Sao Jorge/Velas, Portugal