Directions: The Solar Branco 1885 Eco-Estate is perfectly located between the most popular beaches of the Azores, the main town Ponta Delgada and the airport. All less than 5 minutes from the property. The house sits on top a hill, surrounded by farmland, overlooking that quaint town of Livramento and onto the ocean beyond.

The estate has ample, complimentary parking for guests. Popular restaurants are a short drive from the estate. These include Sunset Cafe, overlooking Populo Beach as well as Cais 20, located in the small town of São Roque. This restaurant serves some of the best fish on the island, caught daily.

Let the Adventures Begin

5 Mins Out: Populo Beach

The most popular beach on São Miguel

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While the Azores might not be known as a beach destination, a trip to Populo beach on a sunny day is a must. See the black, volcanic sand, marvel at the view as you look out towards the never ending Atlantic ocean. Bars and restaurants overlook the beach as well as Sunset Beach Cafe just a short walk away at the beach next door.

5 Mins Out: Sunset Beach Cafe

Drinks at The Sunset Beach Cafe

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A small, yet perfectly formed cafe overlooking the beach. Easy-going staff complement the vibes as you sit down to enjoy the beach and view of the ocean. The playlist is the sound of the ocean crashing onto the rocks below. Perfection.

5 Mins Out: Cais 20

One of our favourite local restaurants

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This is a local favourite on the island and when you visit it is not hard to see why. Fresh fish caught daily, great quality steaks as well as home made deserts. From couples to families, everyone is welcome here. Open for lunch all way through to 5am in the morning, when the fishermen come by with the days catch, this is a must eat place.

10 Mins Out: Ponta Delgada

The capital of São Miguel

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A 5 minute drive takes you to Ponta Delgada, the capital of the São Miguel, and the biggest city in the Azores. This has some of the best restaurants and cafes that you will find on the island. A great place to enjoy a morning coffee is Intz48, just off the main square. Restaurants include Casa De Rosa, burgers at Suplexio, and vegetarian options at Rotas.

10 Mins Out: Bar Calora

One of our favourite local restaurants

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This is a local favourite on the island and when you visit it is not hard to see why. Fresh fish caught daily, as well as home made deserts. Located right on the ocean in a perfect sport for lunch, sundown drinks or dinner.

Further Afield: Escape & Enjoy

Read our locals guide to Sao Miguel and beyond

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With so many amazing places to see and eat you are spoilt for choice on São Miguel. From the most well known sights on the island to those "local favorites" where tourists rarely venture we have them all reviewed and listed for you in this handy guide.

Highlights Around The Island

Lagoa das Sete Cidades

One of the best views in the Azores

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This is one of the top views in the Azores, and it is easy to see why. A stunning view of two lakes in a long since dormant volcano. One blue, one green. Once you have taken your photos, head down to the pretty village of Sete Cidades

Lagoa do Canario

My favouite viewpoint in the Azores

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Take a short walk up to one of the best views in the Azores. The view is stunning and a must see while on the island of Sao Miguel.

The Gin Library


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Of course we would recommend this one. Located on the grounds of the Solar Branco 1885 Eco-Estate (so a short walk...) This is one of the largest displays of gin in the world. Sample the best in the gin world, with garnishes from the estate to perfectly compliment your G&T. Please note the Gin Library is exclusively reserved for guests only.


Volcano cooked food

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See the earth literally boiling alive here in Furnas. This is where the famous Cozido Das Furnas (meat cooked in a volcano.) You can see the pot pulled out of the ground and eat in one of the restaurants nearby.

Pineapple farm


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Azorean pineapples taste unique and very different to the ones that you would normally get in the supermarket. They are only grown in the Azores, and can take 3 years to grow. Unique fruits need some unique buildings and processes, and you can see these at Faja de Baixo.