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Adegas do Pico is a set of twelve stone-built houses located in Praínha, a quaint, traditional Azorean village on Pico Island.
Each cosy cottage, with its stone façade made from volcanic rock, and unique character and charm, offers guests a comfortable stay and a genuine taste of Pico island life. Depending on the size of your group, you will be allocated to a cottage with enough beds and space to suit your needs. One of the best features is the terrace which has table and chairs, and - wonderfully - a proper barbeque is provided so you can cook while enjoying the incredible views.
It's a great little base for if you're hiring a car to explore the island but you have everything you need on your doorstep. The sandy beach and natural outdoor swimming pool nearby, combined with award-winning traditional gastronomy from a local restaurant and the small grocery shops offering local produce, provide all the basic essentials and more for your stay.
All of the houses enjoy stunning panoramic sea views, and are equipped with cooking facilities, kitchen utensils and appliances, outdoor barbecue and TV. Furthermore guests have access to a reception, a public area with Wi-Fi internet, coffee station and library. It is also positioned in front of some natural pools, which are great for cooling off when it gets hot. There are also rocks pools that the kids can splash about in, or a great spot for crabbing.
While you are there, don't miss out on the superb diving spots that are scattered around the island. Pico island is home to lots of different marine life, such as whales, dolphins, manta ray or if you want to go out a bit further you can spot tope sharks.
The characterful little cottages dotted along the coast have amazing uninterrupted views of the sea. It felt almost like we were in Cornwall here in a little fishing village. When you arrive you have a breakfast waiting for you in a little basket with homemade biscuits, local cheese from Sao Jorge, teas, Azorean coffee and some bread, jam and eggs.
India, Original Diver
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