Hostel Review: Pousada de Juventude da Terceira

Philip Santos Moreira

Philip Santos Moreira

Philip Santos Moreira is the Contributing Editor at Global Storybook (Portugal/USA).
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The Pousada in São Miguel was aged appropriately and had a unique Portuguese flair.  I was expecting the Pousada on the Açoriano island of Terceira to be fairly similarly, but it was not.  Albeit, the hostel was in many ways better in my opinion and similar in others which could of course be improved upon.

You will either arrive on Terceira by boat or plane.  Typically, the destination is Angra do Heroíosmo in the central southern region of the island.  This is a UNESCO coastal town with centuries of rich history.  The desire to stay inside this city when visiting would be normal.

However, the outskirts of town offer the small town feel of the Açores and allow you to branch away, rather than containing yourself to yet another city which you probably did on São Miguel by staying in Ponta Delgada.  The Pousada de Juventude da Terceira that I stayed at was located roughly 5-10 minutes by car outside the center of Angra near the town of São Mateus.

Pousada de Juventude da Terceira provides extremely friendly prices (€8 with the Interjouvem Card) with recent newly furnished accommodation, fresh paint, facility improvements and a hard-to-beat-view.  I checked into the Pousada for several nights and I would describe my stay as fantastic.

Reception - Pousada de Juventude da Terceira, Terceira Island, Azores, Portugal

Reception – Pousada de Juventude da Terceira, Terceira Island, Azores, Portugal

The Room

The beds had just been replaced including the headboards and were now equipped with reading lights.  Large lockers could fit the largest of bags.  Colors from the beds, sheets and walls popped out to provide a warm atmosphere.  Each room has a large window and feel very spacious with plenty of walking room between each bed (assuming you are staying in a multi-bed room).  All the furniture was swapped out for hip colored couches and chairs.

Dorm Room - Pousada de Juventude da Terceira, Terceira Island, Azores, Portugal

Dorm Room – Pousada de Juventude da Terceira, Terceira Island, Azores, Portugal

Hallway - Pousada de Juventude da Terceira, Terceira Island, Azores, Portugal

Hallway – Pousada de Juventude da Terceira, Terceira Island, Azores, Portugal

The Bathroom

The bathrooms were large and partitioned each individual shower with walls, seating area before entering each shower, and curtain.  Everything was spotless and clean.

Bathroom - Pousada de Juventude da Terceira, Terceira Island, Azores, Portugal

Bathroom – Pousada de Juventude da Terceira, Terceira Island, Azores, Portugal

The View

The view was difficult to complain about because it overlooked the ocean and right down the street was a lifeguard staffed, ocean-filled pool/sun bathing area in a micro-bay along the coast.  The Pousada has a roof top balcony which provides and elevated view of the area and the Serra towards the center of the island.

Rooftop View of Looking from the front - Pousada de Juventude da Terceira, Terceira Island, Azores, Portugal

Rooftop View of Looking from the front – Pousada de Juventude da Terceira, Terceira Island, Azores, Portugal

Rooftop View - Pousada de Juventude da Terceira, Terceira Island, Azores, Portugal

Rooftop View – Pousada de Juventude da Terceira, Terceira Island, Azores, Portugal

The Kitchen

Breakfast was like every other Pousada in the Azores.  You were served from 8:00-10:00AM with the possibility of eating earlier or until later so long as you provided them notice the night before.  Breakfast consisted of bread, cheese, ham, coffee and milk (a container of chocolate powder gave you the option of making chocolate milk).

You could of course request for a more elaborate meal such as an omelet but this would cost you a little more, depending on what you order.  In general an additional food request would not cost you more than 2-3 Euros.

Dining Room - Pousada de Juventude da Terceira, Terceira Island, Azores, Portugal

Dining Room – Pousada de Juventude da Terceira, Terceira Island, Azores, Portugal

Should you be interested in using the kitchen for your cooking needs all you would need to do is ask.  Unfortunately, the closest super market is 10 minutes away (by car) in the center of Angra.  Walking would take you about an hour so if you do not have a car you should bring ingredients with you to the hostel.  Fortunately, if you do not have a car there are restaurant options near by the hostel and hitchhiking between Angra and the hostel is possible.

My Recommendation

I cannot recommend this place enough to fellow travelers making their way to Terceira and Angra.  I would be very surprised if you did not absolutely love your stay outside the main city and enjoy the comfortable social environment of Pousada de Juventude da Terceira.

**Please note: I received a complementary stay at Pousada de Juventude da Terceira hostel but all opinions remain my own.**

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