Hotels in Velas
Velas in the Azores is the main town on São Jorge Island, largely due to its sizeable harbour. The pretty, cobbled streets and older houses are a delight to explore. Visit the the 17th-century former Fransiscan convent, the Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Conceição, or the Sacred Arts Museum with its collection of artefacts from the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries. Take a walk up to the small botanical garden, and enjoy magnificent views across the island and out to see.The handicrafts museum nearby has a collection of ancient spinning wheels. Your hotel can be reserved using EasyToBook.com, and you can also use our hotel reviews to find just the right budget hotel for your needs. In nearby Calheta, visit the Pico da Esperança, a now dormant volcano which can be climbed to admire the views of the Azores archipelago from the top. The whole island is a haven for migrating birds, which will delight ornithologists. Boat trips are available, both to visit other islands and to take trips at specific times of the year to watch the whales and dolphins attracted to the waters around the Azores.