Tradition and modernity are seamlessly combined at Quinta do Vale.
Faial’s famous for it’s agricultural heritage, and Quinta do Vale’s roots lie in the subsistence farming which was once the bedrock of this remote island community. Rural tourism plays a big part in the modern-day economy of the Azores – underpinning sustainable and responsible developments in countryside communities across the islands.
The quinta itself has been soberly restored to a high standard, and the exposed stone acts as a pleasant reminder of the volcanic origins of the hefty rock walls. The furnishing and fittings continue this feel, with classic-Azorean furniture, deeply-stained cedar floors and hand woven rugs. There are ten ensuite rooms (doubles and twins) with air conditioning and free Wi-Fi throughout. There’s also a large, comfortable guest lounge leading to the breakfast room – buffet breakfasts are generous and showcase the best of the island’s local produce. Outside, there’s a walled garden with a saltwater outdoor pool and sun terrace.
Location-wise, Quinta do Vale sits on the southern flanks of Faial’s main Cabeco Gordo caldera. It’s a short walk to Faial’s botanical gardens and the main harbour town of Horta is a five-minute drive away. Including a hire car will allow you to explore the island’s impressive volcanic sites, including the Capelinhos peninsula, Ponta Castela Branco and Praia da Norte, but it’s not crucial as you can tour the island with our resident guides. For your evenings, the Resturantes Leitos and Avozinha are a short taxi ride away – your chance to sample to the best, traditional Faialense cuisine.