#01 – For a late breakfast, light lunch or just a great coffee, head to the Verde Maca cafe on the corner of Rua Direita and the Praça Velha. It’s a beautiful building, originally constructed as a home by successful local merchant Antonio dos Santos in 1815. Angra’s naturally-sheltered harbour played a key role in the sea-trade between Portugal and her colonies in South American and East Indies. A constant stream of traders and goods saw the city blossom economically, culturally and architecturally during the 18th and 19th centuries:
#02 -Just around the corner on Rua de Sao Joao is A Barrica. It’s the perfect spot for lunch or a lazy afternoon of people-watching (although it’s worth avoiding the lunchtime rush in order to bag a table outside). Their menu has a very welcome slant towards vegetarian and vegan dishes:
#03 – Casa do Jardim on Rua do Marques is also an excellent option for vegans and veggies, and they’re proud of the organic, locally-sourced produce they use throughout their menu. The restaurant is tucked-away in the Jardim Duque da Terceira – Angra’s peaceful city garden:
#04– A short stroll from the centre of the city will bring you to O Pirata. Look beyond the english-pub styling and the tongue-in-cheek pirate theme, and you’ll find a really welcoming bar serving no-nonsense Portuguese cuisine and cold local beer. If you’re thinking of walking up Monte Brasil during your stay, it’s an ideal en-route stopping point for lunch with one the best views overlooking the harbour at Baia de Angra:
#05-Down on the harbour front itself, one of city’s most popular restaurants is Cais de Angra. It’s a light, modern building with a menu to match; pre-booking is a must, particularly for the terrace overlooking the harbour:
#06 – Ask Angra’s twenty-somethings where they spend their evenings and they’ll invariably recommend A Minha Casa. It’s one of the city’s quirkiest restaurants, serving modern European dishes in a friendly art-cafe style atmosphere, up in the eaves of a lovely old townhouse on Rua dos Canos Verdes:
#07 – We’re often asked where locals eat. In Angra’s case, A Canadinha has one of the best menus when it comes to traditional Azorean cuisine. Portions are generous, the staff are friendly and prices are very reasonable – it can be busy at lunchtimes so you might have a short wait for a table:
#10 – Tasca das Tias on Rua de Sao Joao is also extremely popular with the local residents of Angra. Historically, tascas were family-run taverns serving wine and liquors. As the demand from customers for snacks to accompany their drinks increased, the tascas evolved into a style of restaurant in their own right. Nowadays, they tend to serve substantial and hearty dishes: lots of fish, lots of meat – my favourite tasca dish is a black bean and chorizo stew known as Feijoada:
#11 -Sticking with the traditional, the city has two Tabernas just a couple of streets apart: the Taberna do Teatro and the Taberna do Fado. The former is cosy and informal, and owner Isaac Martins is quickly building a reputation for delicious steaks at a reasonable price. As the name implies with the latter, at the Taberna do Fado dinner is accompanied by the melancholic melodies of Portugal’s most famous musical export. Purists might argue that fado is the exclusive domain of the mainland, but as a visitor I find it’s a welcome addition to Angra’s nightlife (and their Caldo Verde is superb):
Our island hopping holiday to the Azores was absolutely amazing,
This is a long email, so you might want to go grab yourself a cuppa before you start reading.
We just wanted to send you an email to say thank you so much for everything.
Our island hopping holiday to the Azores was absolutely amazing, it was far beyond our dreams and expectations, and that is certainly because of you and all your plans in putting this together for us. We just loved every second (apart from me and canyoning, we do not get along, but the boys absolutely loved it!) we just can’t believe all the things that we have seen, and done, and learned about! What an incredible place!
We have certainly been bitten by the Azorean bug and we can’t wait to get back there to explore the other islands. They’re very special places, each of them for their own right.
We felt as though we were treated like royalty from the minute we arrived in Sao Miguel, even the weather was kind to us (largely) we seemed to miss the adverse weather, either arriving somewhere that had had storms the day before, or leaving just before they arrived. We did have one morning of heavy rain when we went to the tropical gardens at Furnas, but we did manage to see some of the gardens before we gave up and went back to Caloura, where there was glorious sunshine, so we spent the afternoon at the pool and made the most of the Especial and fresh lemonade from the snack bar.
Every single person that we met, we were struck by how hard they work, and how happy they all are. Many of them never leaving the island they were born on, because, why would they want to?!
We love the Azorean people and their love and pride for their islands. Their sustainable way of living also struck deep with us. It’s the way we try very hard to live ourselves. Dave’s business is retrofit insulation, preparing old housing stock to a better more eco friendly way of conserving energy, so the way they live and respect their land, was of great interest to us.
For us all, Flores is a very special place. We went to the restaurant maresia while we were there and met the owner and his son. Although the restaurant itself is eclectic to say the least, after chatting to Vincent, we understood his dads way of living and the food was outstanding! We can’t wait to visit again.
All of our guides were amazing! Their knowledge and passion is admirable.
We just loved every second and can’t thank you enough for making our trip so smooth and completely stress free.
I will spend today writing reviews online for all the companies and guides that helped us on our trip.
A million thanks to you all Jake.
The Cole family
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Azores Choice provided a prompt, helpful service. they found us the perfect accommodation for our needs and provided superb, expert advice on how to spend our week walking on San Miguel. I would certainly use them again.
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A wonderful break in a beautiful environment!
Everything was excellent. The information and organisation, the hotel and the island itself all exceeded our expectations. Whale watching and other trips out, fantastic. We will book again!
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