Azores in March?

Old Dec 1st, 2013, 03:38 PM
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The restaurant I was thinking of is called Quinta do Martelo. It is a truly unique experience. I also found a review of the place:

"If you are looking for a true Terceirense experience as it was 50 years ago, then Quinta do Martelo is a must! This restaurant is located in an old farm setting, an etnographic restaurant that meticulously maintains all the old traditions of 50 + years ago. The majority of the vegetables and meats served in their dishes are grown on the farm. While you are waiting for your meal to be served take a walk around and appreciate the revival of traditional and original arts and crafts, tools and costumes."

The bread soup is also called Holy Spirit soup and the stews are called Alcatras and can be either meat or fish, but most often meat.
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Old Dec 1st, 2013, 05:33 PM
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Wow, Holy Spirit soup sounds like something I should not miss. I love the idea of a farm dinner. Can't wait for this trip! Thanks so much for the help.
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Old Dec 1st, 2013, 06:37 PM
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lynnalan - again, have a wonderful trip. As Bedar and I can attest to, the Azores is a place that is easy to fall in love with and keep returning. When I am there my stress levels falls to about a minus 20.
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BTW I nearly forgot, if on Terceira do not miss Biscoitos. Large waves crashing against lava formations - foam, spray, magnificent. There is also a nice winery nearby that you can visit - they make a very drinkable wine. Also, in the town of Angra, a UN Historical site, the city hall is also the presidential apartments when the President of Portugal is in town. Tours are usually available for the asking and are worthwhile.
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Old Dec 2nd, 2013, 12:34 AM
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When we were on Terceira for 3 nights, we stayed in a small Quinta near Angra. It's a good island to visitand I seem to recall that Angra do Heroismo is a Unesco site.

We also understood that there was a large US Naval base near Angra at the time. Angra itself was quite small but again with several good, typical restaurants.

I remember that most people we met were doing a holiday with at least two different island bases.
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The base is near Pria, about a 5 minute drive, not Angra which is about a half hour drive, although with the size of the Island, nothing is very far away. The base is adjacent to the airport. If one is eligible to stay on the base they have very nice lodging.
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Lynnalan - forgot to mention, you might want to bring umbrellas or rain ponchos along.. The weather is funny - huge cloud banks will blow in with rain, then it's sunny, then more cloud banks, etc. One can never count on a totally sunny day. A bit annoying but ...
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Old Dec 2nd, 2013, 08:13 PM
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Definitely will pack the rain gear! (plan for the worst, hope for the best).
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Old Jan 25th, 2016, 08:05 AM
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Hi!
I am looking for a trip just like you were researching, with my daughter in March. I'm curious, did you ever go to the Azores, or did you find another destination?

Thanks,
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Old Jan 25th, 2016, 12:32 PM
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Diane, I don't know if the OP is still posting but you can't go wrong in Azores. The only exception is if you are looking for nightlife. You can find some on S. Miguel. The other islands are for gorgeous scenery, great food, people who will treat you as a guest rather than a tourist, and total relaxation. Most of the islands have little in the way of good beaches. We have been there in every season and although spring and summer are best we have enjoyed our visits year round. If on Terciera in summer don't miss the street bullfights. The Bulls are not harmed and seem to enjoy it.
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Old Jan 25th, 2016, 05:04 PM
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Diane - I clicked on the OP's name and yes, she did go. If you click on it you will find a very nice TR.
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Thanks for the information! Sounds perfect--no need for nightlife, just relaxation and natural beauty. Would love to see whales, but I think March is too early.
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March is an excellent month for whale watching. Humpbacks are there all year 'round and the baller men whales are attracted to the plankton which are are at their peak that time of year. Use a company in Pico-you can stay either on Pico or Faial. The whales travel in the waters between the two islands. Don't expect a boat like in the US but rather a 12 passenger inflatable with an outboard. We saw 30 whales on our trip.
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Bailer men??? Auto correct again - that should read baleen.
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