Hotel Flores Island Azores

Recalling times from days gone by, Aldeia da Cuada (pictured centre) on Flores in the Azores is a rare treat on the very western edge of Europe.

Set on a peaceful plateau with cascading waterfalls and stunning Atlantic views all around, accommodation is composed of renovated cottages made of volcanic rock.

Inside each stone cottage the facilities are of a high standard with televisions, music systems and telephones available and heating is generated by genuine wood-burning stoves.

Backed by lush green mountains, Aldeia da Cuada is in a delightfully rural setting surrounded by dry stone walls and small pastures where well-fed cows are happy to roam free and seem surprised when someone appears.

And at night, under the cloak of an intense silence disturbed only by the wind and waves, everything seems more surreal, like a mid-Atlantic dream.