Casa de Chá walking hostel is located in the heart of Prazeres (engl. "joy") with a view of the historic church of Prazeres and the surrounding mountains. The hostel has been tailored to the needs of guests with a penchant for hiking. For example, there is a separate shoeshine station.
Solo travelers are warmly welcome and will, if desired, quickly come into contact with other guests, not at least during breakfast.
In the village there is everything you need. A supermarket is within walking distance. There are also cozy restaurants that can be reached in a few minutes, where typical Portuguese and Madeiran specialties are offered.
Most of the restaurants are frequented by locals, which is an unmistakable sign of quality.
The Quinta Pedagógica dos Prazeres, ( www.prazeresdaquinta.pt ), which can be reached in just a few minutes on foot from our house, was founded on October 1st, 2000 and is a project for education, socio-cultural development and rural development.
The aim is to preserve regional plants and traditional recipes by transforming the fruits and herbs into products such as cider, apple cider vinegar, liqueurs, jams, dried foods, preserves, wholemeal flour, herbs or infusions, the quality of which is universally recognized by consumers as well by national and international institutions.
Handmade and natural products, based on local tradition and identity but with an innovative character.
It has a farm with animals, orchards, herb gardens, a small botanical garden, a herbarium and a museum center, this one with the bequest of the naturalist P. Manuel de Nóbrega, and an art gallery (Galeria dos Prazeres).
The Quinta is a popular destination for families with children. Small church festivals with auctions of the most beautiful roosters in town bring in some money for the upkeep of the small zoo.