Museum's, whalers museum, center for science (old whale factory), wine museum & vineyards
Pico mountain climbing, 3 hour climb each way, self or guides available. Pico mountain has a ranger station & you must sign in at station & they will furnish you with GPS. We recommend warm & rain proof jacket, 2 letters of water per person, 2 sandwitches, snickers candy, trail mix or energy bars
Scuba Diving & snorkeling
Trail walking (3 to 15km) of mountains & coast
Whale /Dolphin watching tours (4 hour trips)
AIRPORT INFORMATION (Pico):
Airport is located 37 km from Guest House
Taxis are available at airport
Rent a car are available at airport, summer months we recommend reserving your rent a car early. Refer to folder links to other web sites.
Banks are located near by in Lajes (8 km) from Guest House
Inside Bank service charge fees may apply for certain services, such as cash withdrawals, cashing travelers checks etc. unless you have a bank account with Bank
In the village near by Guest House there is an ATM/multi-bank cash withdrawal machine. Limit daily withdraw is 200.00 euros per day
Make sure you notify your personal bank that you will be traveling in a foreign country and using your ATM/multi-bank or credit cards
The beds are equiped with memory foam pads and memory foam pillows for your comfort
You do not need to worry about linens our beds are serviced with fresh linens.
Bed's/suites are serviced on a daily basis
Bathrooms are supplied with fresh towels and complimentary item's
BEST MONTHS TO VISIT PICO ISLAND & AZORES:
If you plan to climb Pico mountain, whale watch, & walk the beautiful Pico trails. The mid Atlantic weather has a lot to say when the best time is to visit Pico
The best months overall are June, July, August & September.
You will find that for climbing Pico mountain that July & August months are the best weather to do this.
You must keep in mind that climbing Pico will depend on the weather, the weather can be unpredictable, overcast and rainy one day and the next day perfect.
The best weather month overall is August. The end of August is also when the famous whalers festival (Our Lady of Lurdes) occurs. This festival is a celebration of the protector Saint of the whalers.
DRIVING DIRECTIONS TO GUEST HOUSE:
From Pico Airport:
Drive to main road that goes around the island (Estrada Regional) and drive toward the village of Sao Joao for about 45 minutes or 37 km.
When you reach the center of the village on right side of road is a single large tall tree. Look straight ahead at the hill in front of you and you will see a salmon colored house with a large canvas sign that says Guest House.
Turn left at next road (Ramal Salazar) by Cafe Silva (a sign is posted Miradouro da Papapva Guest House), drive up the hill to Guest House
From Madalena Ferry Dock:
Same as above directions except drive 24 km for 30 minutes
From Cais do Pico Ferry Dock:
Get on main island road (Estrada Regional) that goes around the island, this will take you to the main road that cuts across the center of the island (Transversal)
Drive on (Transversal) toward the top of the mountain for 25 km about 30 minutes until tranversal ends on main island road (Estrada Regional)
Turn right on Estrada Regional toward village of Sao Joao, drive 6 km until you see Cofe' Silva on your right, look at the rock wall in front of you and you will see a sign that says Miradouro da Papalva Guest House Inn, turn right drive up the hill Guest House is on your left side on a sharp blind curve (be very careful watch for traffic) Park on right side were it says Privet parking
ITEM'S AVAILABLE FOR OUR GUESTS USE AT NO CHARGE:
The following item's are available for our Guests use with our compliments. (on a first come first serve basis)
Binoculars for whale/dolphin watching from Guest House
FEE PAYMENTS OF YOUR STAY
This Guest House is not set up to accept credit card payments.
All fees for your stay must be paid in cash (prier to check out, or in advance)
You can also pay all fees for your stay with a Bank to Bank tansfer prier to check in.
FERRY SERVICE INFORMATION:
Ferry service between Pico, Faial and Sao Jorge island
Pico & Faial ferry fees about 4.00 euros
Pico & Sao Jorge ferry fees about 10.00 euros
Ferry schedule for Pico & Faial about every 3 hours, 20 minute ferry ride
Ferry schedule for Pico Sao Jorge about 3 times per day, 45 minute ferry ride
Taxis available at ferry docks
Rent a car near by ferry docks
Not necessary to purchase ferry tickets ahead in advance
Ferry web links refer to folder links to other web sites or
Transporting a vehicle inter island. Transacor Ferry service provides this service. You may find information on there service schedule by visiting our web site open folder links to other web sites and click on the link to transacor.
GUEST HOUSE DISTANCE TO FERRY DOCKS:
Madalena ferry dock to Guest house 24 km, 30 minute drive
Sao Roque ferry dock to Guest house 25 km, 35 minute drive
GUIDED TOURS VERSUS AUTO RENTAL:
Guided tours can range from 10 euros to 60 euros per person this will depend on the tour you choose. There is a village tour of Sao Joao (2 hours), a mountain tour (4 hours), around the island tour (6 to 8 hours)
The cost of a auto rental with full insurance coverage can cost 50 euros to 90 euros per day, this will depend on the vehicle you choose
The costs between the guided & auto rental can equal out at the end of the day about the same
The advantage of the guided tour is that you will be taken to more sites with a verbal explanation of its history etc
The advantage of renting a car is that you have much more freedom
GUEST HOUSE LOCATION TO LAJES:
The Guest House is located 9 km from Guest House
Taxi is available at Guest House
Super market is located in Lajes 8 km from Guest Ho
KITCHEN & BARBECUE USE:
Enjoy a fully stocked outside kitchen and Barbecue (dishes, cooking utensil's etc.)
Enjoy a meal with a beautiful ocean view while relaxing in our gazebo and it may be your lucky day and see whales and dolphins swimming by. Time permitting you can coax your hosts in cooking one of their tasty local dishes.
Kitchen usage must be reserved in advance
We provide any assistance you may need in barbecuing
Gazebo eating are is an open area
Refer to folder virtual tour outside guest house & see pictures kitchen, cooking, barbecuing & eating area
RENT A CAR INFORMATION:
For rent a car web links refer to our web site folder, links to other web sites