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When you think about a million dollar view or the vista you wouldn’t mind waking up to every single day of your life you will definitely look back on your stay at Pousada de Juventude de São Jorge. Personally, I love a waterfront view, as many people do, and large mountains. Pousada de Juventude de São Jorge has a view that combines both those images.
The Reception Area
The Pousada social area is tastefully garnished with comfortable couches and chairs that look brand new. Massive, larger than human sized windows panel the walls giving you the million dollar view we long to see. Below the Pousada are several homes and a small soccer stadium well out of ear-shot should there be a game played.
Slightly beyond that is the rocky shoreline and then the channel of Atlantic Ocean that cuts through between São Jorge and Pico island. The island of Pico is in clear view and so is the massive volcano mountain of Pico. Eating breakfast while starring at this view was probably my highlight of being at the Pousada de Juventude de São Jorge.
Getting to the Pousada
To get to Calheta you will either have to come from the airport or the port of Velas. From Velas you can either take a taxi (about €20), rent a car at the port (which I recommend in order to most efficiently see the island) or you can always hitchhike the 24km distance. Once arriving in Fajã Grande, Calheta you’ll drive or walk up off the main the road for about 100 meters.
The building has a large reception area connected to the lounge and adjacent to the breakfast room and meeting room. There is a computer, free wifi and a fully stocked bar which also has comfortable seating in addition to an iconic foosball table. I found the staff to be warm, friendly and helpful much like most Portuguese people.
The Rooms & Kitchen
There are three floors for rooms and they vary between privates and bunked bed rooms. Each room has it’s own bathroom which scores major points in the hostel world. Additionally, our window view had the mountain of Pico in the skyline; amazing. Each room has entry only by key card access. The hallways are long, spacious, immaculately clean hard wood floors. Should you want to cook there is a basic kitchen with refrigerator, utensils, plates and some basic cooking ingredients like salt and oil.
I cannot comment about the social atmosphere because I was there during the non-peak time. From a local I’ve heard that accommodation on the island of São Jorge has difficulty supporting the influx of tourists during prime season. I imagine the type of traveler the Pousada attracts will create a nice environment. Especially among a younger crowd since the Interjouvem Card significantly reduces the cost of accommodation.
This Pousada followed the trend of the other hostels and offered very similar breakfast options. You would have the choice of bread with cheese and ham, cereal, milk, coffee and of course, chocolate mix for the milk. You could of course order something a little more special such as eggs for a reasonable 1-2 Euros. The portion sized looked very healthy.
The Pousada de Juventude de São Jorge impressed me and stands as one of the nicer hostels I’ve ever stayed at. I cannot get over the view each day and I recommend every traveler stop in São Jorge to explore the island. São Jorge is most certainly worth a visit within the Açores island chain.
**I received a complementary stay at Pousada de Juventude de São Jorge hostel but all opinions remain my own.**