Solar Branco 1885 is located just above the small town of Livermento. There are several original manor houses or “Solars” located within the parish, constructed during the first half of the 19th century, during the height of the orange cycle, when the Azores was an obligatory stopover for the collection of oranges, for long-distance sea voyages to the United Kingdom.
Your hike around the area starts from the gardens of Solar Branco 1885 with a short introduction of the history of the citrus trade and the grounds of the house. From the gardens, you can see one of the original look-out towers where a watchman would alert the orchard owners of the approaching British clippers, and thus the need to start picking the fruit. For in those days there was no refrigeration, so this was a race against time, The short hike up to this landmark gives a stunning view of the town and ocean.
From the look-out tower, we will walk through the town of Livermento, taking in the original church, built in the early 17th century. Moving through the town, you will walk past several other “Solars” built from the wealth that the citrus trade brought to the islands.
The walk finishes back at the house with a cup of tea or G&T as you prefer.
* Guests: Complimentary
* Non-guests: €20