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HillTop Azores Beach & Countryside Apt for 6 Moinhos

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2 bedrooms, iron/ironing board, Internet, bed sheets
Beach nearby
Beach nearby

Overview of HillTop Azores Beach & Countryside Apt for 6 Moinhos

Private host

HillTop Azores Beach & Countryside Apt for 6 Moinhos

4.9/5 Exceptional

Entire apartment

2 bedrooms1 bathroomSleeps 6

Popular amenities

  • Pool
  • Kitchen
  • Air conditioning
  • Washer
  • Barbecue grill

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Contactless check-in
  • 48-hour vacancy between guest stays
  • Sheets and towels washed at 60°C
Ribeira Grande, Azores

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationSanta Iria Viewpoint2 min drive
  • AirportPonta Delgada (PDL-Joao Paulo II)24 min drive
  • Popular LocationLagoa do Fogo24 min drive
  • Popular LocationCascata Salto Cabrito33 min drive

Space details

2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sleeps 6
1292 sq ft
Bedroom 1
    2 single beds
Bedroom 2
    1 double bed
Common area
    2 single beds
Bathroom 1
    Combined bath/shower

About this property

Entire place

You'll have the entire apartment to yourself and will only share it with other guests in your party.

HillTop Azores Beach & Countryside Apt for 6 Moinhos

Riverside Apartment with kitchen and balcony
Enjoy a stunning scenery of a calm village by the Atlantic Ocean, blended with the mountains and the volcanic sand.
Restaurants, waterfall, and beach just down the street. Hiking trail entrance at 1 minute from your front door. Out of the city rush but close to everything else, this shall be your base for exploring & relax with the sea music & birds singing at sunrise.
The World is changing, try a new pace ;)

The space
It's an open space between living room, kitchen and circulation areas to balcony and upstairs.
The ambience is practical and airy, with some details like raw woods, fresh colors and old furniture freshened up.
Open the balcony doors and feel the breeze on the curtains and the sun giving the space a vibrant light. You can also rearrange the living area's central seat pieces accordingly to your taste and use of the space.
Kitchen is fully equipped (don't forget to taste enjoy a good cup of coffee with the coffee machine!).
Enjoy the balcony with its stunning view. After a day at the beach or exploring the island, it's much relaxing to have some local fresh fish (or meat) using the fully equipped barbecue and seizing the sunset with its fresh breeze.
When it's a stormy weather the ambience is also quite enjoyable when watching the rain or the rough sea from the balcony. Furthermore, there's a transparent awning in case the wind direction is towards there.

Other things to Note:
In this new worldwide context, take the chance to try a new pace. Stay longer to let yourself immerse in the island experience.
If working remotely while enjoying the quality of life of discovering the nature in the spare times, we’ll prepare the place in accordance to your most specific needs, such as house layout preference, workspace designed for your specific needs, playground for kids, among many other details which me and my wife take great pleasure on preparing accordingly.
For stays longer than 21 nights, other budgets are also available, depending o each context. Please, feel free to ask.
Interaction with guests
Although i recommend you to have a car, i'll gladly pick you up at the airport to drive or assist you to the house. I can also shop some groceries at your personal taste so you would have it fresh and prepared for your arrival.
All info about guided tours, sightseeing, bird watching, whale watching, hiking trails, dining places, and other activities will be available at the house ready for you.
I will also be reachable by phone at any time of your stay and help you in everything i can.

The neighborhood
The village of Moinhos belongs to the parish of Porto Formoso (which means “Beautiful harbor”), located in the city of Ribeira Grande.
In the old times it was a parish mostly known for its natives being fishermen and farmers. By having a great coast for fish species, secluded harbor and useful water mills, almost all the farmers from the NorthEast coast used it as a meeting point for exchanging goods and processing crops by using the mills. Therefrom, the name given to the village: “Moinhos” (translated as “mills”). The Tea plantations – the only 2 in Europe - were a great booster for the predominance of country life as well, back in 1750.

Along the years some families settled there until today, where they still keep the identity of the parish.
Nowadays, this small village of Porto Formoso – Moinhos - is inhabited by natives or people from nearby cities that have chosen to move to a place of privacy and quietness in the nature, centered in the island while out of the city rush but, at the same time, in a short driving distance to everything else.

Now, for some remarkable historical data (after the beginning of the Tea), such as in the year of 1831 when the Portuguese civil war was taking place.
The absolutist regime led by Dom Miguel fought his own brother Dom Pedro the IV who was leading the liberals. This specific battle was the last in the Azores, of crucial importance for the fall of the mornaquic regime all over Portugal, and a legend was born:
It is said that an old lady spotted a ship with an army inside docking in the bay (which is the beach today). So, being a supporter for the liberals, she took advantage of her higher position and great inclination of the roads by moving severall stones down the street. As a result, the army turned unwilling to climb all the way up fearing that after that large amount of stones there would probably be a huge liberal army ready to defeat them. All the previous predictions, added to the weariness that the rise would cause, were more than strategically enough to set the retreat decision in that precise moment.
Today, the street name is “Ladeira da Velha” (“Old lady's slope”).
And it's your street!

Getting around
Besides the nearby points of interest (by foot) mentioned in the listing's header you can also drive to other close places always in the same village streets such as:
:: 5 mins to Viewpoint “Miradouro de Santa Iria”, just up the street (a delightfull viewpoint of the shore and one of the most impressive of the island.
:: 10 mins to other Restaurants (2 of the most known for their fresh fish and seafood such as “Cantinho do Cais”)
:: 5 mins to the harbor (nice fresh “grouper” to grill at home or try a local experience with the company “HáMar” to spend a morning fishing in the sea with them)
:: 7 mins to the 2 unique Tea plantations in all Europe (great to start the day at “Gorreana” factory tasting diferent types of harvests among some local delicacies and a walk between the tea fields)
:: 12 mins to the tobacco and spices museum at the “Maia” parish
:: 12 mins to a nice family business Pizzeria “O Forno” - also in “Maia” parish
:: 15 mins to “Calhau d' Areia” a place for the lovers of fishing by the sea shore

Regarding all the other “Must see” points of the island:
:: 20 mins to “Lagoa do Fogo” view (lagoon, crater, “Caldeia Velha” hot springs, geothermal central)
:: 20 mins to “Lagoa” city (natural sea pools, parish of “Caloura” hills with harbor, beach & seafood restaurant by the sea)
:: 20 mins to “Furnas” (lagoon, fumaroles, hot springs and botanical gardens)
:: 28 mins to “Água D'Alto” (2 southern beaches and views over caloura)
:: 35 mins to “Vila Franca” (chapel “Nossa Senhora da Paz”, aka “Our Lady of Peace” with a great view over the city and the islet, and the marina where you get the boat to visit the islet during summer season)
:: 35 mins to “Nordeste” council (NorthEast)
:: 55 mins to “Sete Cidades” lagoon (SouthWest)
:: Either of those last 2 with some more after to get to the “edges” of the island
:: Ponta Delgada city center is at a 25 minutes driving range, such as the airport.
Air-conditioned accommodation at this apartment offers coffee/tea makers and a hairdryer. Rooms open to balconies or patios. Kitchens offer fridges, hobs, microwaves and separate dining areas. Bathrooms include a combined bath/shower unit and bidets.
The recreational activities listed below are available either on-site or nearby; fees may apply.
Bookings for this property are managed through Vrbo, part of our Expedia Group family.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter
Follows the regional cleaning and disinfection practices of Clean & Safe (Portugal)


Contactless social distancing
Guest rooms kept vacant for 48 hours between stays
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Near the beach


  • Pool


  • Internet access

Parking and transport

  • Car recommended

Family friendly

  • Children's toys
  • High chair


  • Fridge
  • Hob
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Toaster
  • Spices
  • Cookware/dishes/utensils
  • Coffee/tea maker


  • 2 bedrooms
  • Bed sheets provided


  • 1 bathroom
  • Combined shower/bath
  • Bidet
  • Hairdryer
  • Towels provided

Living spaces

  • Dining room
  • Living room


  • TV with cable/satellite service
  • Games room
  • Books

Outdoor areas

  • Balcony
  • Barbecue


  • Washing machine


  • Air conditioning


  • No pets allowed


  • Smoke-free property

Services and conveniences

  • Iron/ironing board
  • Phone

Location highlights

  • Near the ocean
  • Near the sea
  • On the river
  • On the waterfront
  • In the mountains
  • In a rural location
  • Near the bay
  • In a village

Things to do

  • Fishing nearby
  • Mountain climbing nearby
  • Whale watching nearby
  • Hiking nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Ecotours nearby

Safety features

  • Carbon monoxide detector
  • Fire extinguisher
  • First aid kit
  • Smoke detector


  • Sleeps 6
  • Unit size: 1292 sq ft (120 sq m)

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Check-in time starts at 5:00 PM
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before 12:00 PM

Special check-in instructions

You will receive an email from the host with check-in and check-out instructions


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome

Important information

You need to know

This property is managed by a private host, not a professional engaged in trade or business
Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
On-site parties or group events are strictly prohibited
Safety features at this property include a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector and a first aid kit
This property is managed through our partner, Vrbo. You will receive an email from Vrbo with a link to a Vrbo account, where you can change or cancel your reservation
Property registration number 2912

We should mention

A car is recommended for transport to and from this property

Property is also known as

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About this area

Ribeira Grande

Located in Ribeira Grande, this apartment is in a rural area and on the waterfront. Caldeira Velha Natural Monument and Honey Route Experience are worth checking out if an activity is on the agenda, while those wishing to experience the area's natural beauty can explore Monte Verde Beach and Cascata Salto Cabrito. Discover the area's water adventures with nearby fishing, or enjoy the great outdoors with hiking, mountain climbing and ecotours.

What's nearby

  • Santa Iria Viewpoint - 2 min drive
  • Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Estrela - 11 min drive
  • Igreja do Espírito Santo - 11 min drive
  • Lagoa do Fogo - 24 min drive
  • Cascata Salto Cabrito - 33 min drive

Getting around

  • Ponta Delgada (PDL-Joao Paulo II) - 24 min drive


  • Maré Cheia - 5 min walk
  • Cantinho do Cais - 5 min drive
  • Bar o Simas - 6 min drive
  • Alabote - 8 min drive
  • O Forno - 8 min drive

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Overall score and ratings



Rating 5 - Excellent. 10 out of 11 reviews
5 - Excellent 91%
Rating 4 - Good. 1 out of 11 reviews
4 - Good 9%
Rating 3 - Okay. 0 out of 11 reviews
3 - Okay 0%
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5/5 Excellent

Best VRBO ever!
Miguel and Romina are truly amazing. They went WAY above and beyond, even to the point of baking a birthday cake when they knew we were celebrating 3 birthdays! They met us at the airport, gave us a cell to use, and even found a place for us to rest while we waited for our rental to be ready. Highly, highly recommend. It was spotless, comfortable, and incredibly well stocked - even had a kids playroom and toys. Miguel provides very extensive recommendations on what to do, where to eat, etc. and everything he recommended was excellent. We had the most amazing time, and felt so welcomed! Thank you Miguel and Romina!

5/5 Excellent

Amazing location, property, and hosts.
Put simply, Miguel and Romina offer one of the best properties we have ever stayed in. From meeting us and showing us the property to checking out, our stay was thoroughly enjoyable at this great property. Porto Formoso is an excellent location to access all areas of the island by car and features a quaint village and excellent beach. Miguel gave us a cell phone to use and texted awesome info for sights, hikes, and meals. He was immediately available for any questions and went above and beyond with a welcome package of food and beverages, as well as toys for the kids. The apartment is well appointed and not a single detail is overlooked. We would stay here again without question and would recommend this property to family and friends. Thanks again Miguel and Romina for an awesome stay!

5/5 Excellent

Perfection! Welcoming hosts, beautiful views, lovely location
Miguel and Romina met us at airport in spite of our 6AM arrival, gave us a mobile phone for duration of our stay, led us to the apartment where we were greeted with ample supply of fresh eggs, cheeses, meats, fruit, breads and even some beer and wine! Open the door to balcony and greeted with fantastic sea, cliffs and Mountain View’s. There were a couple of wonderful short hikes on walking distance and we loved going to the casual beach restaurant for later afternoon drinks. Miguel was alway immediately responsive to all questions we had and theyhad many suggested restaurants and touring tips. The apartment itself was cheery, bright, very clean and well supplied kitchen. We feel that anyone staying here would be as happy as we were with our stay

4/5 Good

happy holiday july 2017
We'd never had such a warm welcome at any place we've ever visit! Miguel guided us to the appartment, stopping at a magnificent viewpoint. So our holiday started very relaxed, even with a rental car with problems. In the appartement everything was there: a big welcome package with fresh cheese, wines, bread. etc. We didn't need to go to a supermarket this arriving day! There were toys for the kids, beach stuff and it was very cosy with a spectacle view of the ocean! Miguel en his wife gave us enough information to visit on the Island. And beautiful it is! We like to come back some day! Almost excellent...1 little thing was that we could fell the spirals in the dubble bed, but then we have the best bed at home. Thank you very much Miguel and Rowina for a beautiful and relaxing stay at Sao Miguel!

5/5 Excellent

Tolle Vermieter mit viel Liebe zum Detail
Miguel und Romina haben sich sehr viel Mühe gegeben um für uns den Aufenthalt so angenehm wie möglich zu gestalten. Es hat uns an nichts gefehlt. Die Unterkunft ist sehr sauber und gepflegt. Wir kommen garantiert wieder und können jedem nur empfehlen für die Ferien dieses Appartement zu mieten.