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“More than excellent”
Review of Cancela do Porco

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Cancela do Porco
Ranked #11 of 21 Pico B&B and Inns
Reviewed 15 September 2013

It's not a hotel, but an apartment. Cancela do Porco contains 3 apartments in Bandeiras. Very traditional and simple construction, with a nice and functional interior. The apartments share a swimming pool, and a small midget golf course (fun for children I suppose), and a beautiful garden (where every apartment also had a private section) looking at the impressing Pico mountain.
The very friendly owner collected us at the airport, and we followed him in our rental car (which you really need on this location) to the apartment. Some bread, local cheese, fruits and other food were available in the apartment, and he also invited us for his restaurant Ancoradouro in Madalena, some 10 km away. This restaurant serves great food, and has nice views over the sea passage to Faial island. The owner also produces wine, whereby we really loved the Teraz D Lava, a well known white wine throughout the Azores.
We sincerely enjoyed staying in Cancela do Porco. If we return to Pico we like to return to this apartment.

Room Tip: A car is really necessary
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 August 2013

We stayed for one week in the beautiful cancela. Great view on the mountain. Beautiful sunsets. We enjoyed the pool and the jacuzzi. The cancela's are fully equiped great shower, nice kitchen, airco (which is very comfortable), wifi in the common room, etc.
Pedro, the owner is most helpful and does everything to make your stay perfect. And we loved to eat in his restaurant: Ancoradouro. The best on the island!

We just returned from a fantastisch holiday!

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 August 2012

I was not supposed to stay in Cancela do Porco during my visit to Pico but had to because there were no rooms available in the place that was my first choice (Pocinho Bay), and the options in the island are not many. In the end, however, I am convinced that I didn’t miss anything with the change of plans. Cancela do Porco is not a hotel or a resort properly speaking but rather a small group of cottages that are rented to holiday makers. The cottages are newly built but mingle well with the landscape and the traditional architecture of the island. My cottage was large (1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 1 living room + kitchenette and an outdoor area), comfortable and quiet. It could easily sleep 3 or 4 persons. It had everything you need to cook (inclusive of an espresso machine). There is a swimming pool, an outdoor heated jacuzzi and a billiards room, besides the view to the Pico mountain. The prices are a bit steep but the Cancela do Porco cottages seem to offer most than many rooms in the other hotels or resorts in the island. The owner, Pedro Saraiva, is very helpful and will do whatever possible to make your stay comfortable. You may want to try his restaurant (O Ancoradouro) in the nearby village, which seems to be the best in the area. I can recommend the fish and the fig cake!

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 22 August 2012

We stayed with children in one of the appartments for one week. Enjoyed the beautiful, peaceful surroundings, the magnificent views of Mount Pico, and the fantastic sunsets. The appartments are well equipped, there is free wi-fi in the common room, pool table and mini golf. The location is some distance from Madalena and other points of interest and a rental car is essential. The manager of the Cancela do Porco, Pedro Saraiva, is very friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 August 2011

the apartment is big and new (ikea forniture); there are three different rural houses, two swimming pools (one for children) and a big jacuzzi outside, also a mini golf and a pool in the common space. But the owner speaks only some words in english, so forget advice or any kind of service. He let us one liter of milk, a pack of cookies and some fruits for breakfast (for 4 days...). For 140 euros per night, I would like to have more attention to details, but maybe it was my fault, because I didn't take into consideration that it's ONLY an apartment. If you decide to stay here, you'll have to rent a car or a scooter, because there are not place to eat in the nearby. I can suggest this place for families or group of people, so you can share the apartment rate :) There aren't signs to reach the place: once you get to Bandeiras, 300 mt after the church, turn right at the bus stop.

  • Stayed: June 2011
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Address: Rua Da Igreja - Caminho Da Cancela | Bandeiras, Pico 9950-026, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Azores > Pico
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Ranked #11 of 21 B&Bs / Inns in Pico
Price Range: $154 - $159 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Cancela do Porco 3*
Number of rooms: 3
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