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UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

Experience the best of Sao Miguel with The Solar Branco Eco Experiences

Enjoy an amazing experience at the Solar Branco Eco Estate. We carefully curate unique insights into the Azores through activities such as Shinrin Yoku (Forest bathing), a vegan cozido as well as our gin tastings in the world-famous Gin Library.

Our experiences are designed to be sustainable and aim to highlight and support the local economy. We hope to inspire you and enable you to leave your mark on our wall of memories to revisit one day.

Baleia Gin

Named after the Portuguese word for whale, Baleia is distilled overlooking the never-ending Atlantic Ocean on the island of São Miguel. Blending traditional botanicals such as juniper, citrus and rosemary with seaweed sustainably sourced from the waters around the island. Baleia gin has an exceptionally smooth flavour, mixing a touch of sweetness with the salt of the ocean. Every bottle sold supports marine conservation projects in the region, through a donation to The Ocean Azores Foundation. Read more.

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Azorean Gin Masterclass

The Azores may be a tiny archipelago in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, but that hasn’t stopped it from producing several excellent gins. Your tasting takes you through gins created or inspired by the Azores as you learn about the rich history of gin and its modern renaissance. You will try 3 gin and tonics with selected tonics and garnishes matched for each. Read more.

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Free Gin Masterclass

Free Gin!? Join us for a gin masterclass, bring a craft gin we don’t have in the collection, and you and one other will enjoy the class for free (please note the terms and conditions below.) The gin collection was started with friends brining new gins to the collection and trying out ones already here. Read more.

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Azorean Wine Tasting

Join us for a wine tasting at the historic Solar Branco Eco Estate, above the town of Livramento. The area was known for growing wine grapes in the 1700s, before citrus took over in the 1800s. The estate still has its terraces on which grapes were grown. You will be hosted by Ali Bullock, owner of the Solar Branco Eco Estate, and our in-house private wine sommelier, João Couto. Ali and  João will take you through the rich history of the Azores and the wines of the region. Read more.

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Vegan Cozido

One of the most unique and exciting things to enjoy on the island is the Cozido das Furnas – a meal cooked in a volcano. The Solar Branco Eco Estate signature version is a modern plant-based interpretation of the dish, using fresh local seasonal ingredients and a special blend of herbs and spices delivering a delicious and refined twist on the traditional dish. Read more.

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Shinrin Yoku

Discover the never-ending green lands of the island of São Miguel. Take part in our signature Shinrin Yoku experience. The Eco Estate is a place to allow your unique senses to experience and connect with nature. This is an opportunity to immerse yourself in nature without modern-day distractions. Shinrin Yoku is often referred to in English as forest bathing (the literal translation of this Japanese term) or forest therapy. Read more.

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