Helen Fernandes


Hi, My name is Helen and I will be your host at Miradouro da Papalva.

I am born and raised Canadian with a strong Azorean heritage. I love to make your stay as pleasurable and memorable as possible and believe me when I say you will have a vacation experience like no other.

We are located in the town of São João (St. John) situated 8km from the whale village of Lajes do Pico.

In Lajes do Pico you can book your whale watching tours.  “It truly is the best place in the Azores for Whale watching”.

In the town of São João we are very close to our Café Silva where you can enjoy a nice refreshment and receive the warm hospitality of the locals for which Pico is also known for.

Come enjoy other nature activities such as enjoying the beautiful green sceneries, walking trails or climb the beautiful mountain of Pico. In the evening enjoy a nice dinner at some of our restaurants and try our traditional gastronomy. Pico is an adventure but there are no words to describe it, you just have to LIVE IT

Languages spoken: English, Portuguese

You only have to browse the glowing reviews of Miradouro Da Papalva to understand that Helen is the consummate host.

It is true to say that many people arrive at Miradouro Da Papalva as valued guests but depart by adding Helen to their address book of valued friends.

Helen is all about making sure that your visit and time staying in the Azores is comfortable, stress free and simply a wonderfully memorable experience.

Meet and Greet


Helpfulness and willingness to go that extra mile


Gourmet Breakfasts




Knowledge of the area