Adega Som de Cagarros
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Adega Som de Cagarros lies along the north coast
of Pico Island and features a green garden. The foot of the Pico
Mountain is a 20-minute drive away and is Portugal’s highest point. There are 3 people
looking at this hotel.
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|Peaceful pastimes The Azores
|Where do I start?
fly into Ponta Delgada, the capital of the biggest island Sao Miguel.
From here, stock up on film - or recharge your digital camera - and
head to the visually stunning Sete Cidades; a volcanic crater cradling
twin lakes, one peacock blue, one emerald green.
Elsewhere on Sao Miguel there's plenty of verdant countryside to
explore, plus golf courses galore and a thermal spa at Furnal. Health
enthusiasts can also swim in the tranquil and perfectly circular crater
lake of Ilheu de Vila Franca.
What is there to see on the other islands?
Nearby Santa Maria is tiny but there's a couple of excellent beaches in
Sao Laurenco and Praia; both ideal for underwater fishing and water
The lilac isle, Terceira, is covered in, you guessed it, lilac and is
home to the Azores' oldest town, Angra do Heroismo with its ancient
buildings and sleepy winding streets.
For vineyards and windmills head to Graciosa, where you'll also find
hot springs at Carapacho, and underground lakes at Furna de Enxofre and
Stark black cliffs and rampant vegetation distinguish Sao Jorge. Faial,
whose name literally means beech tree, is a wild tangle of hydrangea
hedges and arbutus trees.
Tiny Pico is famed for its peak, the highest in Portugal, and for the
fine verdelho wines it produces. Flores, appropriately named for its
profusion of flowers, enjoys gorgeous scenery.
And finally diminutive Corvo preserves reminders of an older way of
life; its craftsmen still practice the traditional Azorean arts.
Is there anything more energetic to do
The Azores are bursting with opportunities to flex your muscles; from
fishing for tuna, wahoos and shark, to scuba diving in the in Vila
Franca do Campo on Sao Miguel to horseback riding in Angra do Heroísmo,
Ponta Delgada and Ribeira Grande.
Can I satisfy my speleology cravings?
Yes indeed. If you're interested in the study of cave formations take a
trip to Algar do Carvão on the island of Terceira. A journey through
miles of caverns and tunnels provides the opportunity to discover
magnificent sights of stalagmites, stalactites, and columns and
cornices of volcanic origin.
Is there any chance of seeing whales or dolphins?
From June to September whales and dolphins feed off the waters between
the islands of Faial, Pico and São Jorge where fish are in plentiful
supply. Specially equipped boats from Pico and Faial allow you to get
up close and personal with Flipper, Jonah and friends.
Will I be painting the town red every night?
Unless you're a nocturnal decorator contracted by the Portuguese
tourist board to add a scarlet hue to the islands' fences, walls, roofs
and billboards, then no. Watching the sunset and sipping aperitifs
after a hard day's golfing, rambling or whale watching are the chief
after dark pastimes.
If they love fun fairs, amusements parks and roller coasters, sadly
not. If they're into the gentler outdoor pursuits - and perhaps a bit
of paragliding over Faial, Terceira, Santa Maria and Sao Miguel for the
more dare-devil juniors - then yes. Many of the hotels also run summer
tennis and golf schools.
What's the food like?
Most restaurants serve hearty, rustic Mediterranean dishes, low on
spice but rich in fresh vegetables. The fresh seafood is also
excellent. Home made sweets and pastries are another local favourite
and don't be surprised if maitre d' brings out the Aquadente - the
locally produced gin - at the end of the night.
What should I buy?
Pottery, bedcovers, embroidery and woven handicrafts are popular
souvenirs but don't under any circumstances buy ivory, whalebone
products, dolphin teeth, turtle shells or shark teeth; they're banned
under a European Union directive.
Portuguese National Tourist Office, Portuguese Embassy, 11 Belgrave
Square, London, SW1X 8PP. Tel: 0845 3551212
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