Pico do Refugio
Pico do Refugio is located on São Miguel – the largest of the Azores islands – on a hill with panoramic views over the wide Atlantic. The mansion from the beginning of the 17th century was once used as military fortress, orange plantation, tea factory and artists’ residence, before serving as holiday accommodation today. During the extensive restoration of the eight lofts and apartments the historic charm of high ceilings and old beams was maintained and combined with a modern, minimalist decor. Art is still omnipresent today: all houses are decorated with pictures of a local gallery. The farm consists of 50 acres, part of which are classified as ecological reserve.
What to do
If you want to learn how to dive, you do not need to leave the site, because diving courses take place in the swimming pool of the mansion. The resort is also ideal for surfers: A seven minutes drive away is Santa Bárbara Beach (Ribeira Grande), where international competitions take place annually. With more than ten official and spectacular lauching places, the island is a popular location for paragliding. The resort organizes various outdoor activities (including surfing, whale watching, swimming with dolphins, trekking, horseback riding, bird watching, sailing, paragliding).
This house is great for
Sportsmen, nature lover, artist