What we offer!!!


The Cottage

Casinha do Barreiro is a beautiful, modern and cosy cottage privately located in the picturesque parish of Santa Barbara on the sunshine island of the Azores, Santa Maria. It is a 20 minute walk to the centre of this idyllic village where you can buy fresh bread in the local ‘loja’ every morning or sit and have a cold beer or coffee at the bar in the evening. It is perfectly situated to the hiking trails of Norte, Santa Barbara and São Lourenco. We are only a 2 minute walk from Miradouro do Barreiro which is a beautiful picnic spot overlooking ‘o IIheu do Sāo Lourenco’.  All is accessible by foot from your front door. For those looking to work away from home the cottage is connected with high speed wifi and flat screen cable tv.

Our self catering cottage accommodation is perfect for four people whether you are a couple, four friends, a family or a remote worker Casinha can cater for you. The cottage includes two queensize bedrooms with custom furnishings. A full fitted kitchen should you choose to cook up a storm on your stay. A large bathroom with shower. A cozy dining area with cast iron stove(wood provided). A comfortable wooden table and chairs to dine at. A sofa to chill out on, watch a movie or read a book. You are welcome to pick a book or a game from our small library.


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Casinha is orientated to the South East providing maximum exposure to the sun. With an outside terrace and barbeque area the setting is perfect for al fresco dining. You will be spoiled with views of the sea, Pico Alto and the parish of Santa Barbara. The cottage has a large garden next door and after a long day hiking you can relax on our ‘sundowner chair’ with  fantastic sea views and on clear days a view of our neighbouring island of Sao Miguel and off course the magnificent sunset.

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The Host

Hello and welcome. I’m Aideen your host during your stay at Casinha do Barreiro. After living full time onboard a sailboat for 17 years like all good sailors I eventually found land fall in The Azores. I immediately felt welcome and at home on these beautiful islands. I hope you experience the peace, tranquility and hospitality that the people and the islands offer. If I can be of any help don’t hesitate to contact me.

aideen the host

Santa Maria

Due to its geographical location Santa María is the warmest, driest of all the Azorean islands. This contributes to greater aridity on the land and dry vegetation with a yellowish tint, and for this reason it is  known as the Sunshine Island. It is also the closest to the continent. Santa Maria is the first island to be discovered by Portuguese explorers, the first to be settled and also the first island in the Azores to be formed.
With a fantastic jagged coastline, high rocky headlands and bays of calm, crystal clear waters, it is an open invitation for visitors to explore this island by sea just as much as by land.





Bus timetable

If you want to take the bus around the island make sure you have plenty of time.




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