My son and I stayed at the Argonauta August 5 through August 9. What a lovely experience! Our room (Patio) at the house was extremely clean. My only "complaint" is that it got a little warm in the room at night. It wasn't enough of a problem though for me to mention it to Pierluigi who I know would have provided us with a fan or a suggestion. Pierluigi cares about his guests.
I enjoyed the Argonauta very much. Yes, it's quirky and that's the charm of the place. It isn't your standard cookie cutter B&B. It's a place with history, charm and character that Pierluigi has made very warm and inviting.
We did a tour with Pierluigi and it is obvious by his knowledge and enthusiasm that he loves Flores. Everything was perfect. Breakfast was very nice, homey, cozy...the village - wonderful. We come from New Jersey, pretty close to New York City. It was wonderful for me to share such a rural, natural place with my son.
We walked daily to the waterfall pool (about 15 minute walk from the Argonauta). My son snorkeled with 2 local boys and went spear fishing. They taught him to dive to 40 feet in the open ocean. Everyone there was so kind. It is a gem of a place.
Restaurant tips: Ask Pierluigi where Jorge's restaurant is. Go there and eat there every single night. Jorge should be working in a fancy restaurant. Now, be forewarned...when I first stumbled upon this place, I thought it was a man cave. It did not look like a restaurant to me. Lots of laid back guys...right by the sea. But, it's so clean...and I mean clean. This place has character and is quirky and unforgettable. Right by the sea, you can sit all day and feel comfortable. Jorge has speakers set up and plays classical music...there are leather sofas set out by the speakers to sit and relax on. The sofas have duct tape holding the seats together but, you know what, spend 1 day there and you feel so comfortable and relaxed. And the food...wow! Had a couple of Kima's (Azorean soda - $2 Euro -same price for beer btw) and ended up having the most fantastic fish lunch ever.
Although Jorge looks very laid back, watch him when it's time for him to cook dinner (8:00 ish). The laid back guy becomes a very focused, very detailed person who makes the most incredible food ever. Everything is fresh, you know the fish you are eating was swimming in the sea only hours before it ended up on your plate. Jorge has small garden areas around his restaurant and we watched as his employee picked fresh radishes, herbs...EVERYTHING and I mean EVERYTHING was wonderful.
Our last night...Jorge apologized and said he served his last fish dinner...but...he had some Filet Mignon, would we like some. OMG. The BEST and I mean BEST we have ever had. He is expensive and worth every Euro.
Don't eat at the Italian Lady's restaurant up the street from the Argonauta. Although she is very sweet, the food isn't very good, is expensive and I don't recommend it.
Getting back to the Argonauta - If you want to experience something lovely, go to Flores. If you want to stay with someone who will actually care if you're having an enjoyable time, stay at the Argonauta. I know my son and I will go back...Wish I was still there!
Oh, I thought of something else. If someone suggests a trip to Corvo...go but go for the sea views of the coastline of Flores...Corvo, not worth the bother, to be honest. We found the people there insular, not terribly friendly. But the coastal view of Flores by boat...well worth the 30 Euro each.
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