Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday cottages in Porto da Cruz - Villa Ricardo
The Villa Ricardo is located in a beautiful slope above the entrance of Porto da Cruz. It is a large property with a high level comfortable accommodation in a quiet location, has several terraces enjoying uninterrupted panoramic sea view, and a subtropical garden of exotic fruit trees and small banana trees. The property owner valued a stylish and friendly environment. The house has 3 double bedrooms, (with the possibility of an extra bed and cradle for baby), all with private bathroom (shower) and TVset. In the winter all the rooms are heated by a device that recovers the heat released by the fireplace, and automatically distributes it to the rooms. The sitting-room is equipped with TVset, DVD, Stereo System, Computer, Internet WI-FI, Safety Deposit Box, WC, and the kitchen is fully equipped. Outside you can enjoy the heated pool and the sunbathing area with views to the ocean and the Village. In September, wine is made in Villa Ricardo, by a centennial traditional process. There is also a historical wine cellar.
Porto da Cruz is one of the parishes belonging to the Machico council. Its name came from a cross (Cruz) that was placed by the explorers on the bay once used as port (Porto). The attractions of this small parish are hidden and you´ll have to take a closer look to find them. One of them is the old sugar cane factory, which is still operating the same way, as it was when it started with the sugar production in 1927. Also not to be missed is the place known as Penha d´Águia, an imposing rock that separates Porto da Cruz from Faial. Getting up there might be a challenge, as the road is very steep, but the songs of the birds will help you on the way up and once you get there you´ll be sure it was definitely worth it. Porto da Cruz is also famous for its wine, (dry red wine made of a type of grape called Americana), this local product is the theme for a celebration happening in September (Festa do Vinho). In Porto da Cruz there are another two wonderful religious celebrations in August.