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A private complex consisting of 7 modern vacation houses implanted on the hang above the small town of Velas, in São Jorge Island, with a unique view over the ocean channel between the triangle islands (São Jorge, Pico and Faial). They are 5 walking minutes (going downhill) from the centre of Velas (shopping, cafés, restaurants), and 10 minutes from the natural swimming pools in the ocean. Please take into consideration that the return way on foot includes a steep climb of about 100 meters. It is 700 m until the harbour of Velas.

Each of the detached houses comprises 1 double room, 1 twin room, 1 bathroom, living room, dining room and equipped kitchen. At request, an extra bed can be installed.

Maid service with bed linen and towels change every second day included in price.
Upon arrival, guests will find a complimentary welcome basket with juice, water, milk, fruits, yogurts and biscuits. Should you determine to receive additional baskets every morning, please order it locally at the cost of EUR 15 per day.

Sleeps 2-5 persons, self catering.

The elongated island of São Jorge is 65 km long, 8 km wide and has a surface area of 246 km2. It is situated in the middle of three islands, Terceira, Graciosa, and Pico, with a distance between them of 21, 19 and 10 miles respectively.

The island is divided into two municipalities, Calheta and Topo, the seats of which are in towns that bear the same name. The towns and parishes still contain buildings with designs rich in architecture and culture, even though the island’s patrimony has been severely affected many times by violent seismic crises.

In Velas, many manorial homes bear witness to São Jorge’s noble past. The “São Jorge” Church (mother church), the “Nossa Senhora da Conceição” Church, the City Hall, the “Portão do Mar”, and the “Arte Sacra” Museum are distinguished and imposing structures.
In Calheta, the “Santa Catarina” Church, which once displayed a gold carved main altar, burned on January 8,1639 and fell July 9, 1957.All that remains today is a decorated panel from the 18th century.

The “Santa Barbara” Church in “Manadas”- (classified as a monument of national interest), the “Nossa Senhora do Rosário” and “São Francisco” Churches in Topo and the “Santiago Maior” Church in Ribeira Seca along with the parishes in Norte Pequeno and Norte Grande are houses of worship which deserve some attention.
Equally important is the “Casa dos Tiagos” in Topo, representing the nobility of the 17th century architecture on the island. In Urzelina the Bell Tower rises through the lava from the volcanic eruption on May 1, 1808 which buried the original church. The new church, the “Jesus de Boa Morte” Chapel and the “Casa Gaspar Silva” in Ribeira Seca are also noteworthy.

The contrast of the central ridge which crosses the island lengthwise with the steep and rugged coast speckled with “fajãs” (sloping coastal areas) bestows the landscape with a mixture of both aggressive and calm beauty.

The fajãs were formed from the debris caused when parts of the cliffs that surround them collapsed. Over the years these areas have been cultivated and fruit trees, fields of yams and maize along with many vegetables are now predominant. Due to micro climates it is also possible to grow coffee, tropical fruits and the beautiful dragon tree.
The town of “Fajã da Caldeira do Santo Cristo” is famous fir its’ delicious clams, the “Cubre” for its’ crystal lake and “Ouvidor” for its’ lacy outskirts touching the ocean. There are other interesting “fajãs” you may visit while touring São Jorge. They offer a rare and unforgettable natural beauty.
To complete this coastal landscape, there is:
- The “Topo” islet, at the east end of the island, with its’ nesting and resting areas for many resident and migratory birds. The islet has been classified as Natural Reserve and excellent examples of endemic Azorean flora are found here;
- The “Rosais” islet, of the west coast of the island serves solely as a resting area for birds due to its’ rocky nature.

The plateau in the centre of the island which reaches an altitude of 1,053 meters at “Pico da Esperança” presents an interesting panorama over the island and can be seen from the neighbouring islands of Pico, Graciosa, Terceira, and Faial.

The highest part of this plateau and the surrounding area which extends from “Pico do Areeiro” to “Pico das Caldeirinhas”, passing by “Picos, Esperança, Carvão” and “Morro Pelado”, is noted for the endemic vegetation of great botanical value. To protect these natural treasures three Natural Forest Reserves were created bearing the names of the 4 peaks.

The various viewpoints which dot the island including, “Ribeira do Almeida, Fajã das Almas, Urzes, Fajã dos Cubres” and “Norte Pequeno”, along with many others justify the long journey around the island.

The Recreational Forest Reserves of “Sete Fontes” and “Silveira”, located in “Rosais” and “Ribeira Seca” respectively, are excellent places to relax and enjoy the surroundings.


Modern detached house implanted on the hang above the small town of Velas, in São Jorge Island, panoramic sea view


Property type: Villa

Room details


2 bedrooms, sleeps 4

Bedroom 1: 1 Double bed
Bedroom 2: 1 Single bed

Additional beds:
Room for 4 in the dining area
Room for 4 in the living area
1 bathroom

Indoor facilities

Pots / pans
Towels / linen
Washing machine

Outdoor facilities

Sea view


Suitable for

Sports and activities


Prices and availability

Last updated 19.10.2014

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Arrival date range Arrival and departure days Whole weeks only Minimum stay (nights)
19th October 2014 to 31st December 2015 None set No 2

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This is exact location

  • Nearest beach: 15km
  • Nearest bar: 0.5km
  • Nearest restaurant: 500m
  • Nearest supermarket: 500m
  • Velas (harbour): 700m


2 out of 2 people recommend staying here

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Stayed Tuesday 15 May 2012
Perched high in above the tiny city of Velas, the view is stunning as one can see from the photos. The cottages are beautifully designed, airy, light filled 2 story houses furnished simply and tastefully with very comfortable beds in each of the 2 bedrooms, a wonderful balcony to enjoy the view from and yard furniture if you wish to be closer to enjoy the view from ground level. Best of all are the hosts. Gisella and her husband are gems and make every effort to make your stay comfortable. We will return!
Magnificent views from high abov ethe charming harbour town. Very well designed houses, and immaculate clean. Owners are most helpful. Lovelly small island.


About the owner
More than 15 years experience in the travel business, acting agent for more than 700 privately owned self catering properties in Portugal and Austria.
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