Property and local area description
This quietly located house with a fantastic view of the Atlantic Ocean is a guarantee of peace and relaxation. The detached house finds itself above the southern coast of Pico island, in the hamlet of Pontas Negras. In Pontas Negras one finds a natural swimming pool, a café, a small supermarket, very friendly inhabitants and lots of Nature. The property enjoys a magnificent terrace from where, with the help of a pair of binoculars, you can often distinguish dolphins and whales. The blue Atlantic invites for swimming and the green Nature invites for walking.
The house was carefully renovated in 2006, and is tastefully decorated. With a living area of 160 m² over 2 floors, it consists of a living room with dining area, a fully equipped kitchen, 4 double rooms, 3 bathrooms, balcony and terrace with BBQ, garden furniture and sea view. The house is surrounded by its own grounds. The owners live in a separate house slightly above the studio, and are always available to give guests a tip and to assist on some of their requirements, like arranging for a sailboat trip to view the island from the ocean.
Bed linen and towels included in price.
Final cleaning 30 EUR, to be paid locally.
Transfer or Follow-Me service available if requested (fee applies).
Sleeps 8 persons, self catering.
Pico is the second largest island of the Archipelago with a surface area of 448 km2. It is home to the highest mountain in Portugal which reaches an altitude of 2351 meters.
The island of Pico is divided into three municipalities, “Madalena”, “São Roque”, and “Lajes”. Similar to the other islands the value of its’ architectonic patrimony is found in the churches and chapels of the different parishes:
- The “Santa Maria Madalena” Church in the town of Madalena, the “São Roque” Church and Convent and Church of “São Pedro de Alcântra” in São Roque, and the “Nossa Senhora da Conceição” Church and Chapel of “São Pedro” in Lajes, along with many others are examples of the island’s architectural patrimony.
The majestic mountain in Pico, classified in 1972 as Natural Reserve, is a prominent and consistent element in the island’s landscape.
Using the network of roads which pass through the interior of the island, along the mountainside and the coastline, Pico offers a landscape of indescribable beauty. Although it is almost impossible to highlight any one point of Pico’s landscape as better than the last or the next it is necessary to point out a few:
- Starting from the area of “Furnas” at the base of the mountain you will find thick forests up to an altitude of 1500 meters. From this point to about 2000 metres shrubbery takes over. After that bare lava, snow covered in winter, is all you will find. The mountain is peaked by Pico Alto, a round crater with a perimeter of about 700 metres and a 30 meter depth. Pico Pequeno is the volcanic cone which lies at the extremity of the crater. It rises about 70 metres and has fumaroles at its base. Sunrise as viewed from the summit is a spectacular and unforgettable sight;
- The “Capitão, Caiado”, and “Paúl” Lakes, among many others, set within a natural and entrancing environment;
- The “Mistério da Prainha”, between São Roque and Prainha, “Mistério das Bandeiras”, between Santa Luzia and Bandeiras, on the north coast and the “Mistério de São João”, on the south coast, are extensive fields of lava spilled from volcanic eruptions registered after settlement on the island. Much of the cultivated land was destroyed by the eruptions;
- The “Arcos do Cachorro”, an impressive lava flow is perforated by numerous tunnels and grottoes. The ocean passes thunderously in these grottoes and tunnels creating a notable effect;
- The Caves of the “Frei Matias, Silveira” and “Montanheiros”, are magnificent caves which are especially appreciated by speleologists;
- There are extensive virgin areas which are covered in exuberant vegetation, predominantly the “Cedro-do-mato” forest-cedar (Juniperus brevifolia), including the Natural Reserves of “Caiado” Lake, “Caveiro” and “Mistério da Prainha”. All of these are sanctuaries of the rich endemic vegetation particular to the region.
While passing through Lajes, a stop at the “Baleeiros” (whale) Museum is necessary. All that pertains to the glorious whaling tradition is available to the public. Displayed are biographies, whaling canoes and every article needed for the activity. Due to present day concerns whaling has been halted but the spirit and the memory of the “sea-wolves” still lives. Of growing popularity is the parctice of whale watching. A growing number of enterprises offer spectacular expeditions to the interested tourist.
The vineyards of Pico are very distinctive. A maze of stone walls form corrals in which the grapevines are found. In this way the farmers were able to rid the soil of the many rocks and form shelter for their crops. The “maroiças” or pyramids were also built for the same reason and add an interesting aspect to Pico’s landscape. The product of these grapevines is the famous wine known as “Verdelho do Pico”, a superb aperitif.
Completing your tour of Pico at Madalena’s pier, a daily ferry to Faial is available. From the ocean the sightseer is left with a final portrait of the mountain island which includes the islets “Deitado” (lying down) and “Em-pé” (standing up) overshadowed by the magnificent mountain.
Azores Archipelago, constituted by a total of 9 islands, is located in the middle of the Atlantic, about 1,400 - 1,800 km west from Cabo da Roca (Portugal) and 1,800 - 2,500 km east from Newfoundland (Canada). It has a total area of 2,335 km².
This multi-faced archipelago, with its impressive and changing landscapes, is divided into 3 groups, as follows:
Western Group: with the islands of Corvo and Flores
Central group: with the islands of Faial, Pico, São Jorge, Graciosa and Terceira
Eastern group: with the islands of São Miguel and Santa Maria
Every island is of volcanic origin. Maximum distance between western and eastern groups reaches 530 km.
A crossing point between the old and the new worlds during four centuries, Azores were of maximum importance for sailing fleets. The mix of different cultures led to the cosmopolite nature of Azorean.
Due to the Gulf stream, Azores benefits of a subtropical climate with large temperature amplitudes. Air humidity is naturally high, situated mostly between 75 and 90%. Average temperatures from November to May around 15 to 17° C, from June to October around 19 to 22 ° C. In Summer months of July and August temperatures can eventually reach 30° C.
Water temperature in Summer lays between 18 and 22° C.