The Graciosa Resort is a modern hotel on the outskirts of Santa Cruz.
There are fifty-two en-suite rooms at the Graciosa Resort, each with it’s own private balcony overlooking the outdoor pool and the sea beyond. There’s also a bar, terrace and restaurant, and it’s a short five-minute taxi / fifteen-minute stroll into the centre of Santa Cruz – it’s pretty tree-lined main square is a lovely spot to relax in the evenings over a glass of Azorean wine. The ‘Bioshere’ in the hotel’s title refers to the island’s UNESCO protected status – Graciosa is a Biosphere Reserve, which strikes an important balance between sustainable economic development and the protection of the island’s landscape.
We recommend including a hire car during your stay, to allow you to explore the whole island. A short drive south will bring you to the island’s largest caldera , and a visit to the volcanic cave at Furna do Enxofre is a must. Graciosa’s coastline also has some lovely swimming spots – the beach at Praia de São Mateus and the Termas geothermal-baths at Carapacho are both great options for a lazy day.