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Faial Holidays

Faial holidays

The Blue Island - 21km long and 14km wide with an area of 173 sq. km, this five sided island has become the resting place of transatlantic sailors. Horta, the main port, has a cosmopolitan and exciting feel and, at bars and restaurants, one hears snippets of sailing stories from around the world.  The atmosphere at the legendary Peter’s Cafe, on the harbour-front, encapsulates the very essence of nautical adventure.

Horta marina, Faial, the Azores

Holidays In Faial

The island is dominated by the 1,043m cone of its vast Caldeira (volcanic crater) which is accessed through a tunnel in the cone’s side. For keen walkers or botanists it is possible to book a private walk in the Caldeira with a forest guide.

From mid-June to August the island is a riot of blue as the hedges of hydrangeas, originally imported from China and Japan, burst into bloom.

Horta is an excellent base from which to visit the islands of Pico and São Jorge (summer months only), explore the green Caldeira (now a nature reserve) and Capelinhos, the rather eerie site of the 1957 volcanic eruption, which transformed the geography of the island.

From Horta there are wonderful and ever changing views of the volcano on Pico, 8km across the water.

Area: 173 sq. km
Length: 21 km (13 miles)
Width: 14 km (9 miles)
Population: 15,000 inhabitants
Capital: Horta

Cheers!
All visitors to Faial must try the famed Gin & Tonic at Peter’s Café. This colourful bar attracts locals, international sailors and tourists alike – a veritable hive of activity.

Volcanic origins
Visit the fabulous Capelinhos museum and learn all about the volcanic formation of the Azores including the last eruption that took place on Faial in 1957. Not to be missed!

Picture perfect
Take a stroll along Horta’s marina and admire the colourful artwork left by international sailors passing through.

Porto Pim
The Blug Flag beach of Porto Pim is located within a 5-minute walk of the centre of Horta.

Whale and dolphin watching
Faial is an important base for whale and dolphin watching excursions.

  • Semana do Mar (Sea Week) in Horta (August) – Religious and cultural events celebrating the sea.
  • Holy Ghost Festivities (7 weeks after Easter).

 

View all Faial Activities here

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