Velas (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈvɛlɐʃ]) is a municipality in the São Jorge Island, in the Portuguese autonomous region of Azores. The municipality encompasses the western portion of the island, with its municipal seat in the town of Velas on the south coast, and is divided into six parishes. The population in 2011 was 5,398, in an area of 117.38 km².
Things to do in Velas
3.5 based on 220 reviews
4 based on 190 reviews
Restaurant Fornos de Lava" with panoramic view, fresh fish, meat , seefood and organic vegetables & salads from the garden.
With some significant differences from what we were accustomed to in previous years can be said without fear of error that a significant improvement is underway. The snapper in the oven was divine and I wish this family-run restaurant would follow the route of success.
4 based on 38 reviews
Unimpressive restaurant from the outside, has a large and well lit area upstairs. Excellent food overall, grilled fish (enchereu) especially good. Copious amounts of food. The Frei Gigante white wine from Pico is an excellent dry that will go perfectly with the fish. Very good desserts with an excellent passion fruit mousse/pudding. The best choice in Velas, we kept returning.
I noticed that this restaurant prepares lunch boxes for hikers - if in line with the rest of the food definitely to try!
3.5 based on 64 reviews
Only few of the restaurants of the island offer the ameijoas – clams which are growing in the Azores only at one place of Pico. They are not cheap (500 g 18 Euros), but they are cooked very well, and for a starter just to taste them it is enough to order the small portion (500 g) for two (everyone gets about 8 pieces). Delicious! Also top was the Abrótea, style of the house, crispy and covered by a lot of cooked onions which have been so tasty – it must be a secret how they are prepared!. Also the big slice of mero, superb!
3.5 based on 51 reviews
We had lunchtime pizza and a carafe of red wine, which was a cheap and cheerful meal. Service was just about acceptable timewise, but friendly. As other restaurants were closed or had very limited menus available for Halloween, we returned for dinner the following night. My husband had a burger, which was fine, and I had a cheese omelet, which was overpriced and a little tough. They took ages to arrive, and service was very slow. Unfortunately smoking is permitted throughout the restaurant, both inside and in the sheltered pavement area, and it seems that all the smokers in Velas congregate there. Unless you sit outside, upwind in a strong breeze, you're going to go home smelling like a chimney.
3.5 based on 37 reviews
On our 4 week trip to Portugal and the Azores we ate in a total of 19 different places. This enabled us to make good comparison between them in terms of food, service, atmosphere and value.
After Reading about the other possibilities in Velas and casing some of them out, including looking at their menus, we decided to eat in the place we had coffee outside at lunchtime. What motivated us to eat there was that it was almost full at lunchtime with what looked like locals having the lunch special menu. On our first night we both had tuna steak and it was very good value for 7.50 Euros, especially given the portion size. The perfectly drinkable red wine was superb value at 3.60 Euros a litre! Our meal on the second night was even better. Once of us had a huge portion of chicken fillets for 6.50 Euros and the other two very good veal chops for 8.50 Euros a litre. Both were served with nice fried sliced potatoes and a nice side salad. On both nights we had two big plates of good food, bread and a litre of good red wine for 18.60 Euros for the two of us. We would definitely go back again as this place was probably the best value for money out of the 19 restaurants we ate in.
4 based on 21 reviews
This is a place where you can find yourself in a nice and quiet enviroment What will you find in our space : Pastries and traditional sweets A variety of tea and herbal tea flowers and fruits The famous Donas Amelias We also have snacks, such as, soup, sandwiches, salads and fresh fruit juice A friendly smile
A superb little gem of a cafe, serving all homemade cakes, cookies and desserts along with a range of fresh sandwiches, soft drinks and beers. Lovely decor, comfortable and really very clean. Be sure to try the individual chocolate cakes! All very reasonably priced and...MoreThank you so much for the visit , for the beautifull revew and im looking foward to recceive you again ! It´s such a pleaure to meet people like you ! take care. Amélia sousa
4 based on 17 reviews
We had the good fortune of visiting São Jorge for the first time with a true local, and she took us to Atafona for lunch on our first day. The service was warm and casual, with our entrada a mix of choriço and morcela and queijo made on the island. These littles bites set the tone. Then, a dose of the local clams (amêijoas), the only true natives to the Islands, from what I understand. Tasty, chewy treasures. After running through the options for fresh fish (none, really), we settled on beef steaks, mine with the mushroom and cream sauce. The beef on the Açores is typically inexpensive and delicious (a product of the dairy industry) and the steak came malpasada (rare to medium rare) a little more cooked than we had ordered but still juicy and pink inside. Delicious. The local white wine from Pico Island went well with it all, and only €6,50 a bottle.
3.5 based on 47 reviews
The food was fine, the fish better than my steak. Its just by the harbour which is being extended so the cargo container setting does not help and the lighting is a bit gloomy
4.5 based on 76 reviews
The Booka restaurant is located in the village of Velas, São Jorge in the Azores. Having a family atmosphere and with a fantastic view over the island of Pico, the food is prepared by Chef Raquel Oliveira with professionalism and dedication! With La Cart (menu) Service, "Suggestion of the Chef" and Barbecue - mixed grill of meat with potato chip, salad and sliced fruit , on Friday´s Dinner (6:30pm – 9:30pm)! Saturdays and Sundays at Lunch (12:00pm– 2:30pm) and Dinner (6:30pm – 9:30pm) with service La Cart (menu) and "Suggestion of the Chef". We are open on Holidays for Lunch time (12:00pm – 3:00pm) and at Dinner time (6:30pm – 9:00pm). We are also open at Vespers of the Holidays on Dinner time (6:30pm – 9:30pm) with La Cart service (menu) and "Suggestion of the Chef". Wednesday, Thursday and Friday we are open in Bar mode (4:00pm – 9:00pm) with service at Balcony and Bar Area. We are also available to attend groups or special occasions whenever requested.
We walked past this place twice without knowing it was there, then climbed the stairs still thinking it was shut, pulled the door and went in, and never looked back, very friendly, excellent hostess and chef, great local Azorean food, we went back two days later also, and food was fantastic, oh!! And the best view in the town.
You find the judo hall, go immediately right its above the Chinese shop, well worth the visit, Raquel does an amazing job
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