Just like any holiday, anywhere in the world, it can rain. And while the Azores is generally a sunny place, with an average 21c year round (69f) it can rain. That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy yourself, it’s a chance to take some time out and appreciate the small but important things in life. And with that in mind, here are our top 5 suggestions of what to do on such a day.
1. Sleep in and get some Zzzzzzzz
The property is surrounded by countryside and farms as well as having some of the softest beds around (we promise!) So take some time out for you. Close your eyes, snuggle up and just listen to the rain tapping on the window.
2. Read a book
When was the last time you turned your phone to silent (not off, we’re not monsters) and just read a book? If the answer is anywhere between “I can’t remember” or “let me check my Facebook memories for that one…” Then it’s time to take some time out for you. The Gin Library is a perfect place to sit back and take some time to recharge. Our property also has a comfortable living room and if you feel like it, you can even sit outside on the veranda, staying dry but listening to the rain.
The library has a selection over 400 gins for you to try, including carefully selected examples from here in the Azores and Portugal.
4. Sausage making class
We take only local and organic ingredients and teach you how to make sausages. Everything you need is provided, and we’ll even hang them for you for 24 hours so they taste truly delicious. You are then more than welcome to pick them up to eat in the Azores or take home with you.)
5. Paint a tile
At Solar Branco 1885 we have tiles that you can paint and then attach to our wall of memories. A perfect way to leave your mark in the Azores, honor a loved one with a special memory, or just play around with and draw something fun. The tiles are a fun way to take some time out as it rains, and you have something to come back to one day.
6. (Bonus!) Dog snuggling
As a bonus, we left the best for last. We have 5 rescue dogs (originally from Hong Kong) who love to snuggle (almost as much as they like treats.) If it’s raining and the other guests don’t mind then we can bring the dogs over to say hi and relax in the downstairs lounge.