Sometimes all you need is a girl getaway, and some vitamin D. In July I went to the Azores with 3 of my very good girlfriends. We went to Saõ Miguel, which is the largest of 9 islands in the Azores, and after a 5 hour flight we got a cab for €10 and checked in to Hotel Talisman. Actually it was a pretty nice hotel, and we loved the pool and tanning spot on the roof.
One week of girl talk, gossip, laughing, eating, drinking and having fun - who could ask for more?
We went to a lot of nice restaurants. I really LOVE to go out for dinner, and when I'm on vacation I like to make an effort to find the good spots, so every day I would ask the girls about what food mood they were in, and then I would try to find a cute spot for us. I like to check out the pictures on TripAdvisor and Instagram (if they have an account) to see what other people had at the restaurants, but also to check out the atmosphere, which also have a great impact on the whole experience.
The places we went:
Cais20 - A nice fish restaurant a bit outside Ponta Delgado, but only about 15 min. in a cab. We underestimated their judgement, when they said that we had ordered too much, but no on left the restaurant feeling hungry.
Tuca Tulá - We had lunch here twice on Santa Barbara beach, which was pretty good. We mixed the fresh cheese with a salad, because we all love cheese.
Reserva Bar - We went here for Tapas. It's like a hidden restaurant, we almost couldn't find it, and I'm glad we made a reservation because there was only 4 tables. The food was embarrassingly cheap, but it all tasted very good. So if you are a sucker for Tapas, it's a must try.
Talisman - Sometimes during the day we would have lunch by the pool, and our hotel made the BEST lasagne.
Forneris Sao Dinis - I guess this was my favourite restaurant on the island, and we went here twice that week. They had the best pizzas (who doesn't love pizza?) and the Sangria and what not, everything was just very very good. The atmosphere was very cozy and rustic.
Colegio 27 was a restaurant slash Jazz Club, but unfortunately there was no Jazz on the night we went. I think it could be a good place to go on a Jazz Night, because it's very small and cozy, so it would be a good idea to check the schedule. We had Beef Tenderloin and Pots Ribs, which was all very delicious.
On the first day we heard about A Tasca, which should be the hip place to go, so we made a reservation for Friday night (and all other nights were already full), and it WAS very popular, and very good. We ordered a lot of dishes to share and had drinks and Sangria. The staff was very sweet and good to us. A bit too good when they wouldn't stop serving us shots, but we all survived without getting too drunk. It can be a good idea to make a reservation ahead of time.
On the last night we went out to have Mexican dinner at Restaurante Mexicano Arrbia . It was a very authentic looking place, and we had a fun experience when we ordered tequila - you should definitely try that!
We are not just divas:
Well, it wasn't just food and drinks all along, even though that was a very good part of it, but we also did some activities. We went surfing twice in Santa Babara beach. You can rent a board and a wet suit (the water isn't exactly that warm in the Azores) for just €35 for a whole day, so we did that. On our first day surfing the waves wasn't that good, they were small and you had to wait for a very long time to catch a good one. I guess we all were a bit impatient, so we went back and forth into the beach and out again, because we went with whatever could look like a wave. The second day surfing the waves were insane and we had a really hard time out there. I guess we all had a minor near death experience, so at one point we decided it was best to call it a day. But we also enjoyed tanning on the beach.
When we were supposed to go Canyoning, I got hit by diarrhea. Yes, that was awful. I still see a picture in my head of me lying on the bathroom floor in the middle of the night thinking we were out of water, but then I remembered that Pernille had some on her night stand and I fought my way over there. I don't know if it was the tap water or what - we tried not to drink it, but suddenly you are sipping a drink full of ice cubes, and then you know your brilliant plan is ruined. There was nothing to do about it, though. I spent half a day in bed getting better, while the girls went SUP'in, and for you who don't know what that is, it's the abbreviation of Stand Up Paddle.
We ended up going Canyoning another day, and I'm so glad we did. The place is called Ribeira dos Caldeirões Natural Park. First, I thought I would be scared to do all the things we were supposed to do; walking on slippery slopes, rappelling, sliding and jumping from waterfalls, but I ended up loving it, and actually I was a bit disappointed when to was over, because I didn't want it to end. It was so fun!!! You should definitely try it. I want to try it again, wherever I'm going. The most crazy part for me was the walking part, but that's because I was afraid my feet would fail, because I can be so clumsy. Luckily we all survived, and everyone had a great day.
To go there we rented a car, I guess it was €55 or something like that, but it wasn't that expensive. On the way home we went to Fuernas to see and bathe in the Hot Springs! I MUST SAY THOUGH, if you have blond hair, don't go! Two of us ended up with orange hair, and even though we've both been to our hairdressers, we both went back to orange again. Now, I just had to cut about 2 cm off of my hair, because there was nothing else to do, and I believe Mai is about to do the same thing. So watch out or wear a bathing cap. Don't say I didn't warn you.
We also went Whale Watching, which was an nice experience. I like to be at sea, and I guess we had a good tan out there, but if you are the impatient type, you can skip that part. Even though, I think it's something you have to do, when you're there. We only saw a glimpse of a whale in the horizon, but we saw a lot of dolfins and a turtle, so it was ok.
The girls went diving, and I know they had a very good time. For two of them, it was their first time and they all did really good. I went with them on the boat, but I didn't go diving. I'll try it one day, but it wasn't the right time for me. I really want to, some day.
Besides that, we also went running, which is also e great way to explore the place you're staying.
Of curse we also went shopping, we're girls! The fun thing is, that no one of us "needed to go shopping", and I remember I even said that myself, but then we suddenly ended up in the Mall of Ponta Delgado and 2 hours later we stood there with our hands full of plastic bags. Whoops! Then again, it's nice to have something you can look at, and remember what a good vacation we had. I now have four jackets I can look at and think that. Yay!
The good thing about being away with your girlfriends, is that you talk about everything. And I mean everything! All the topics you can even imagine, are being discussed. I can't even mention half of it here, but work and men get about 50% of our discussion time, well, mostly men.
Every day before dinner we would dress up and meet either at our patio or in front of the hotel, for a beer or a glass of wine, before going out. OMG Take me back to Ponta Delgado, it was such a great time.
Never travel light....!